Costume Designer Takes Unusual Path to ISU

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AMES, Iowa -- Any theater major dreams of the bright lights on Broadway. For one woman, she’s already been there and is now contributing to an Iowa State performance.

Sara Jablon is the guest costume designer for ISU Theater’s production of “Spring Awakening. She says, "The show is about knowledge. It divides the world into children who are striving for knowledge, the spring awakening, and the adults around them who are trying to keep the knowledge from them."

The Baltimore native designed 50 costumes for the 25 student actors. Previously, she worked as a wardrobe crew member for Broadway shows like “The Lion King.” She’s lived on the East Coast her entire life until she moved to Ames two years ago so she could study fashion and apparel. She says, "I found Iowa State, which is one of the best in the country, by far."

Jablon is a PhD candidate. She’s also doing research. She says, "I'm interested in historical accuracy: how important is historically accurate costumes in terms of audience understanding?"

She is also looking into whether costumes can accurately communicate certain traits to observers. She has about two years left before earning her PhD. She doesn’t have any dreams of going back to Broadway, but maybe one of her future students will make it there one day.

You can catch “Spring Awakening” this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Fisher Theater. ISU Theater celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.


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