One of the most popular productions in Virginia Stage’s history returns! And this time around, YOU can be part of the show. Do you have an eye for design? Have a creative flair for DIY? Then we want YOU! Create an extravagant hat and your hat could be featured in the show.
The characters featured in Crowns are based on Orisha spirits - deities that originate from the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Each hat worn in the play is representative of these deities. Hat submissions must be created based on the following Orisha spirits and their corresponding colors (download this information packet for detailed descriptions).
SHANGO - Red
YEMAYA - Blue
OSHUN - Gold/Yellow
Have any questions? Would you like some guidance/advice during the creation process? An on-site consultation will be available with Virginia Stage Company Resident Costume Designer & Costume Shop Manager, Jeni Schaefer, on April 14 at 10am. While this opportunity is optional, RSVP is required. To RSVP, please fill out this form.
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018, between 12pm and 5pm. Each hat must be accompanied by a completed "Artist Statement Form", provided here. Contest participants should come prepared to take a photo (which may be used for promotional purposes) with their piece when they drop it off.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
No purchase necessary. Participation in this contest constitutes full and unconditional agreement with and acceptance of these official rules.
Contest Period: Virginia Stage Company's 2018 “CROWNS Hat Making Contest” (the "Contest") begins March 1, 2018, and ends at 5 p.m. ET on May 4, 2018 (the "Contest Period").
Eligibility: The contest is only open to ages 13+.
How to Enter: No purchase necessary. To enter the contest, each entrant must:
- Make an awesome hat using the Contest Guidelines.
- An on-site consultation with costume designer Jeni Schaefer will be made available per Contest Guidelines (RSVP required. See details above).
- Submission Information: The submission deadline is Friday, May 4, 2018. Submissions must be dropped off in person at the Wells Theatre on Friday, May 4, 2018, between 12pm and 5pm. Submission must be accompanied by a completed "Artist Statement Form", provided here. Contest participants should come prepared to take a photo, which may be used for promotional purposes, with their piece when they drop it off.
The number of submissions is unlimited.
All contest entries will be displayed in the Wells Theatre during the run of Crowns, which ends May 27, 2018.
Grand Prize Winners will receive two (2) tickets to attend the opening night performance of CROWNS on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 7:30pm at the Wells Theatre, preceded by a champagne reception. Prize includes admission to the post-show Cast & Crew party (Prize has an approximate retail value up to $110.). Prize may be transferred to another performance of CROWNS or individual designated by the winner in advance (deadline for transfer is Friday, April 11, 2018, at 4pm).
Grand Prize Winning Submissions in each category may also be selected to appear in Virginia Stage Company's production of CROWNS, per the discretion of the Costume Designer and show staff.
May 9-27, 2018
by Regina Taylor, adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
One of the most popular productions in Virginia Stage’s history returns! In this gospel musical, 17-year-old Yolanda travels south in a coming of age story that is a testament to love, sisterhood, and family, where she learns that a hat can be more than a fashion statement. Multi-generations of women tell stories of life’s most memorable moments with their hats serving as allegories about the wonders of life – all with a flair of “hattitude.” This production is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Purchase tickets HERE.