B. Stryker DeLong has been behind the scenes and on stage with MCCT for years. We caught up with her amidst costuming and chaos to talk about why she supports local theater and how costuming helps shape the story.
What made you decide to lend your talents to this show?
I’ve worked with Steve Heise before and he asked me to do this Lear. There are several actors in this production that I love to work with, so it was a go for me. I love working with MCCT because I find the freedom to experiment with different design concepts, different materials, and different ways of thinking of how these things help the actor create a character.
What is the hardest part of being a part of this production?
The hardest part of this production for me is the timing. August-October is the busiest time of year for me and finding the time necessary to get this show together along with my other time commitments has been difficult. However, this production team and cast have gone out of their way to accommodate my strange schedule.
How did you get started with MCCT?
A few years ago, a friend of mine was doing Shakespeare in the Park and asked me to help with costumes. I had been doing a lot of work with high school productions and thought it would be nice to work with adults for a change.
What do you do when you’re not helping with shows like King Lear?
Unlike most of the people involved with MCCT, I am employed in the entertainment industry. I’ve been in theatre since I was 14 years old. These days, I am employed part-time at IU Auditorium with backstage hospitality and as a wardrobe person. I also freelance as a costumer/costume designer. AND I belly dance with two different troupes here in Bloomington, The Caravanserai Dancers and Different Drummer Belly Dancers.
Why should people come see this production?
I believe that this production of Lear is going to be an exciting evening of theatre. I’ve watched the cast and crew work extremely hard to bring this story to life.
Come see B. Stryker Delong and the rest of the King Lear cast/crew beginning next Friday!
- October 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 7:00pm
- October 14 at 3:00pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Rose Firebay.
Get your tickets today at mcct.yapsody.com.