Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Over the weekend, Patrick and I went to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for another holiday tradition. We went to see the show Hello Dolly and enjoyed the evening from top to bottom. The place makes quite the impression. During this time of year, it is elegantly adorned with evergreen and festive ornaments. We sat down for dinner and I knew right away what I’d order. The Chicken Chanhassen, every time. It didn’t disappoint. After dinner, Patrick and I relaxed in our booth and watched the show, Hello Dolly. It was done beautifully. I hadn’t seen the show since high school. One of my favorite scenes was at the restaurant in New York with the dancing waiters. I also loved how the storyline was carried among the mini-plot of the two couples on a double date in tandem with Dolly’s love triangle. The music was fun and the lyrics clever. It was the perfect date and I can’t wait to get back to the Theatre.
I am excited to share some information from an exclusive interview I had with the show’s costume designer. He noted that inspiration for designing the show came from the pages of actual 1897 issues of Harper’s Bazaar from the Minneapolis Public Library downtown. What a valuable resource for the fashion-oriented! I need to make quick plans to get myself over there some Saturday afternoon. Fabric choices are crucial in wardrobing for the stage and interestingly enough, many of the dresses were made from drapery fabric. Translating Victorian style for the modern girl can be tricky, so Rich recommends wearing brooches and maybe even venturing out into extravagant hats. Wouldn’t it be fun if we all started wearing Derby-style hats for the every day? I’m game if you’re game guys…
As a fashion girl, I am of course eyeing up the costumes the whole time. Here were some of my favorites from the night. The show is set in 1890 and the fashions have a definite Victorian influence with long skirts, extravant hats, and corseted bodices. 
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Hello Dolly photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp, 2014




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