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Why Fosse/Verdon’s Costume Designer Had No Interest in Recreating Pippin

Posted: May 1, 2019

"Fosse/Verdon costume designer Melissa Toth happily made exact replicas for CabaretDamn YankeesCan-can and more, but Pippin was a bridge too far. "When we first started prepping, I said, 'Don’t make us recreate Pippin,'" Toth says.

"It will cost like $200,000 and it’ll take a separate staff of like 10 people to do it," she remembers explaining. "The costumes for the original Broadway production of Pippin were so idiosyncratic, and so weird, that it was just gonna be a lot on our heads."

But then, the final number in Fosse/Verdon's fourth episode isn't really happening in Pippin at all—it's taking place inside Bob Fosse's head, as he teeters closer and closer towards a breakdown. This freed up the creative team to imagine something new: a medley of songs from the musical, comprising "Glory," "Simple Joys," "Finale," and more, punctuated with the performers' pleas to Fosse."

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2019 NCA Board Nominations

Calling all passionate and driven leaders! The NCA board is looking for individuals to take the NCA to the next level!  

We are a dynamic, hardworking, ambitious and creative Board. Serving on the NCA Board is a highly rewarding experience, with opportunities for people at any stage of their career. 

Open Positions:

  • President (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Vice-President (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Treasurer (August 2019 - July 2021)*
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)
  • Director (August 2019 - July 2021)

*The Treasurer position is currently vacant, if you are interested in starting the position immediately please contact [email protected] 

Position Descriptions


The President is the inspirational leader of the Association. He/She constantly strives to improve the Association so that it becomes more valuable to the individual members. As the executive, the President is responsible for the completion of all duties listed in the Policies and Procedures manual whether assigned to elected officials or appointees.

It is the duty of the President to:

  1. Acquire a working knowledge of parliamentary law and procedure and a thorough understanding of the constitution, bylaws and standing rules of the organization.
  2. Preside over all meetings of the Association and the Board of Directors, call the meetings to order at the appointed time, announce the business before the assembly in its proper order, state and put all questions properly brought before the assembly, preserve order and decorum and decide all questions of order.
  3. Appoint Chairpersons of all specified Standing and Convention Committees and expend the right to change Chairperson/s whenever he/she feels it necessary for the good of the Association.
  4. Prepare a list of Committee appointments after elected. These appointments are to be published in the official publication of the organization, as early as possible, after the National Convention.
  5. Write a message to the membership via each official publication of the organization. 
  6. Write and distribute agendas for the Board of Directors and the Association meetings as well as the Summer Board Meeting.
  7. Serve as Chairman of National Conventions, coordinating all events with Convention Hosts and Convention Committee Chairpersons. Approve all Convention expenses.
  8. Approve and sign all contracts between the NCA and any other party after review by four board members. Be responsible for submitting copies of signed contracts to the Executive Director and Executive Committee members.
  9. Be an ex-officio member of all committees and may attend those committee meetings if he/she deems necessary.
  10. Call special meetings of the Board of Directors, if deemed necessary.
  11. Instruct the Office when and to whom any flowers or memorials are sent and inform board members of death or serious illness of member(s). 
  12. Act as liaison between the Executive Director, Treasurer and the Board of Directors.  
  13. Supervise the necessary changes and updates to the Policy and Procedures manual on an annual basis.
  14. Select at his/her discretion, the recipient of the President’s “Unsung Hero” Award and present it during the Awards program at the annual convention. Payment for this award comes from Awards-Members listed with membership expenses.  
  15. Ascertain quorum for all board meetings and Summer Board Meeting in advance of the meeting in cooperation with the Executive Director.
  16. Confirm meeting dates with Executive Director, who is responsible for giving written notice of same to the Board of Directors.
  17. Confer with the Vice-President on agendas for Board and business meetings.
  18. Review “action” plans from Board and business meetings with the Vice President to ensure follow-through on assignments.
  19. Generate a “Hotel Room Contact Sheet” for Board members at Winter Board, Convention and Summer Board meetings. 
  20. Act as liaison between the board and the Executive Director.



It is the duty of the Vice-President to: 

  1. Preside at the meetings of the Association or the Board of Directors, in the absence of the President.
  2. Perform such duties as assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.
  3. Serve as Chairperson of Grievance Committee as well as Chairperson of the Time and Place Committee (see Grievance under standing committees).
  4. Serve as Chairperson of Disaster Committee (See Disaster under standing committees).
  5. Act as the liaison between the Publications Director.
  6. Confer with the President on agendas for Board and business meetings.
  7. Confer with the President as soon as possible after each meeting to review action taken so that the President will be able to plan necessary activities before the next meeting


The Treasurer oversees all aspects of financial management, working closely with the management company to safeguard the organization's finances. This includes helping set the budget and  giving a financial update at the annual meeting.


It is the duty of the Directors is to:

  1. Manage the property and business of the NCA.
  2. Fill the vacancy of any office for the unfinished term.
  3. Employ and discharge professional association personnel, legal counsel, auditors or other professional persons; to fix fees or payments; and to assign duties of such persons or firms.
  4. Approve bills, discipline members and approve budgets.
  5. Determine the policies and activities of the association between annual meetings, and otherwise recommend actions subject to confirmation by regular members at the annual meeting.
  6. Suggest the dates of the annual meeting.


Click Here to Submit a Nomination


Questions? Contact Linda Adams-Foat at camelot[email protected]


AVENGERS: ENDGAME Cast Reveal New Costumes, Little Else At Press Day

Posted: April 25, 2019

"Whether or not the events of “The Snap” will be reversed, Avengers: Endgame marks the climax, and culmination, of 11 years of Marvel movies, as the stories of now dozens of superheroes continue to evolve, presumably in some cases towards definitive conclusions. That epic journey prompted a lot of reflection, and speculation, at the recent Los Angeles press day for Endgame, but in the interest of protecting the movie’s surprises, produced few real answers. Nevertheless, a showcase of new costumes from the upcoming film paired nicely with the observations of cast and crew members old and new as they celebrated this benchmark in Marvel’s cinematic history. 

“I’m super excited for this to come out - mostly just so that I can talk about it,” said Brie Larson, whose Captain Marvel just crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. “I want to be able to talk about my experience!” Larson went on to talk about how her ensemble turn in Endgame was so meaningful."

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Game of Thrones' 12 Fiercest Costumes (to date), Ranked

Posted: April 17, 2019 

"It's virtually impossible to go to any con these days and not see some form of Game of Thrones cosplay every other second, from Daenerys with a dragon perched on her shoulder to the Hound clutching a KFC bucket (this actually happened). You know at least 10 Jon Snows are going to be there sweating it out in faux fur.

The show’s head costume designer, Michele Clapton, brought the fashion of Westeros to life in every way possible, from wearing down leather and metal as if they’ve already gone through battle to using something really unexpected for that cape Jon never seems to take off. Embroiderer Michele Carragher used her sorcery to add an unreal amount of detail to many of the already rich fabrics. Even the twigs and leaves that cloak the Children of the Forest glimmer with beads and sequins up close.

Fashion in Westeros is loaded with meaning and symbolism. Some, like the animals of Houses that come just short of eating each other on the wedding dress Sansa never actually gets married in, is obvious. Even more is based not just on George R.R. Martin's verbal imagery but the journey a character experiences from the end of a long summer to the blast of brutal winter. Entire wardrobes can represent character evolutions.

Before we see what potential cosplays Season 8 has to reveal, see the costumes we at SYFY WIRE can’t erase from our memory after seven seasons — and relive who wore what to their wedding, battle, death, or otherwise.


The robes Varys can't live without

You think you'd be a little less conspicuous when your main objectives are gossiping and poisoning people, but Varys likes it luxe and lush. He always seems to wear these robes in different colors and has this exact same one in purple. However much you love to hate the eunuch, you can't deny how rich he looks, which probably has to do with the Game of Thrones costume team weaving their own fabrics.

Maybe his little birds told him that."

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Smiffy's Contact Information Correction

Posted: April 16, 2019

We regret that the contact information for Smiffy's was incorrectly listed in the February issue of Costumer magazine. 
The correct information is:

Contact Maxine Andrews

Email                     [email protected]

Phone                   888 776 4339 ext 701

Fax                         888 776 4339
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