STUDENTS' USE OF THE ROCK SCHOOL'S COSTUMES
At different times throughout the school year for productions such as Nutcracker 1776, students will use The Rock School's costumes. All students will have scheduled fittings that they are required to attend. Costumes used for these performances will never go home with students. They will be available at the theatre for the students to use. Students are expected to take great care of The Rock School’s costumes and keep them on their appropriate hangers at all times. They should never be left lying around. Students should never eat or drink while wearing them (except water) and should keep hands clean of dirt and make-up while handling them. All needed repairs or damage should be immediately brought to the attention of the to the Costume Shop Manager. In addition, students should be prepared to help pack up costumes at the end of performances. The Rock School reserves the right to charge families for repairs or replacement of costumes that are mistreated, damaged, or lost.
Students who will need to rehearse in a tutu throughout the school year, especially for Nutcracker 1776 and/or YAGP, are required to have their own rehearsal tutu. Each school year in late September, The Rock School offers families an opportunity to sign up for a bulk order so that every student can benefit from a discounted rate on a top-of-the-line custom fit tutu. Students may store their labeled rehearsal tutu in a specific room between studios A and B between uses.
All costumes for competitions and outside activities are the sole responsibility of the student’s family. The Rock School Costume Shop has many wonderful professional classical and contemporary costumes, hairpieces, etc. that are available to our students to rent for different activities. Costumes are rented out on a first come, first served basis and we do not have something for everyone, so please plan ahead and give the Costume Shop as much notice as possible. If we don’t have something for you, we are happy to help you find alternatives. No costumes are to be taken from the costume shop without a signed rental agreement and payment.
MEET LAURA BERRY
COSTUME SHOP MANAGER
Laura Berry is The Rock School’s resident shop manager and costume designer for all of the school’s productions and students’ costume needs.
From 2011 - 2016 Laura designed the majority of costumes for The Rock School’s production of Nutcracker 1776 – a total of more than 500 new pieces. Her creations have been worn by many high scoring competitors in ballet competitions in the US and abroad. She designs, patterns, and creates new costumes, organizes all costume and supply orders, and oversees all volunteer and contracted help, all while maintaining the thousands of current costumes located in the shop’s adjoining storage space.
In her youth, Laura was a graduating student of Pacific Northwest Ballet. She then opened her own ballet school (Classical Youth Ballet) in which she owned and directed for over 19 years. She choreographed and staged many ballets throughout the years and this is where the spark for the love of costume design started. Her strong ballet background has been instrumental in her vision as a creative artist. After moving to Philadelphia for her children to pursue their ambitions of training at The Rock School, Laura took a position with the school and has been able to dive into this passion fully. In the past 7 years she has had the amazing opportunity of building and running a fully operational costume shop for the school.