Finding costumes for a play or any other type of theatre production can be easy or difficult depending on the budget, type, and a number of costumes you need; among other factors. If you are operating on a limited budget and need hard-to-find costumes, it can be challenging. For a baseball-themed play or one with a baseball scene, you probably need to find shoes, caps, pants, jerseys, socks, and batting and catcher helmets. Those with scenes where you need several sets of matching uniform sets such as those with baseball teams can cause you a headache. Though difficult, it’s not impossible to find what you need, in fact, it can be easy to find uniform sets for a production if you know where to look. Here are ideas and tips on finding costumes for a theatre production with baseball-themed scenes.
There are costume stores that have collections of different costumes you can visit to buy or hire costumes. The problem with this is that you depend on luck to find the right costumes for your cast. Unless they get the same costume designs in bulk, you will likely not find what you want if you are looking for several standard baseball costumes that look alike, for instance, if you have to dress a team. Some companies also manufacture costumes specifically for rent. If you have any of these near you and the price would fit in your budget, you are more likely to find these baseball uniform sets in bulk.
Borrow from the cast
Find out if members of the cast have or know someone who has the kind of uniform or part of the baseball uniform set you need. They can help you find fitting costumes within a short time. Do you know of a recent production that used costumes similar to what you want? If so you can find out if you can hire the costumes for your production.
Hire a costume designer
If you can’t find a costume that fits your cast and the scenes being played, you can look for an affordable costume designer to help you come up with suitable costumes. If you choose this option, you need to find a designer early enough so that the costume sets can be ready and delivered by the scheduled time of the play.
What you have even if it’s not a complete set can probably also work. Find ways you can tweak the costumes you can find into unique uniform sets that are fit the cast and the play. Depending on the story being told, the character of the cast and the scene, there is a lot you can do to come up with a fitting costume. You can find inspiration from different teams’ uniform sets.
If you are working on a tight budget, you can use several methods of saving money. For instance, if you are getting plenty of costumes or you find entire sets from one dealer, you might qualify for a discount. Secondly, if you are buying as opposed to hiring, look for items you can reuse. You should also buy large-sized costumes and find creative ways to make them fit the cast rather than looking an exact fit.