Idaho Gems: Volunteer costume designer

Posted at 8:30 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 10:30:54-04
As spring break wraps up for most area students, the show goes on for one group of young actors in Meridian.
At Meridian Cue Theatre's spring break camp, students have one week to plan, rehearse and perform an hour long play. This year the group of more than 50 kids is performing Peter Pan.
But just as impressive, are the hardworking volunteers behind the scenes that help make it all happen, including one talented seamstress. 
The kids call her Grandma Kaye, and Kaye Dougal is a longtime theater volunteer. This week she's creating the costumes for every student involved.
"Costumes are so fun. They're magic," Dougal said.
Dougal's grandmother and mother were both seamstresses, Dougal had her own dancing school and made all the costumes, and when her own children were in school, she was a frequent theater and choir volunteer. Her love of theater holds strong today.
"You love the kids and you want them to succeed. I've seen many of these children build their confidence and self esteem, and for me that's what it's all about," Dougal said.
"She's amazing. I tell her I need a caterpillar, or a crocodile or a fairy and 20 minutes later she brings them to me. It's amazing to watch her work and see how excited the kids get when they find out she's part of the show," said Dugan Jackman, a founder of Meridian Cue Theatre.
"I'm extremely excited to see my costume. Mrs. Kaye has given us a lot of awesome components like weird printed pants and striped socks," said Isabella Furioso who plays Mean Murphy the Pirate.
And when show time comes?
"It's like a mom with all her kids, just popping with excitement. That's the best thing, watching them perform in their costumes," Dougal said.
The Meridian Cue Theatre spring break kids will perform Peter Pan Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. and again Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Centennial High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 at the door.
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