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Costumes legacy to decades of voluntary work
"Community Advocate" celebrates people in our
community who go the extra mile, without fanfare,
to make our communities better. This is an
occasional series but we're keen to acknowledge
as many of our community advocates around the
entire region as possible.
If you know of someone who deserves a public pat
on the back, please let us know by calling Kirsty
or Brendan on (03) 249-9070 or emailing info@
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In this issue Alina Suchanski profiles
Margo Shaw, of Te Anau.
Margo Shaw loves working with
costumes. For 30 years she's
been making new costumes,
looking after old ones and running
the costume hire as a fundraiser
for the Fiordland Players.
Margo and John Shaw retired
to Te Anau in 1983. Prior to
retirement they lived in Auckland
where Margo taught blind children
and her husband managed an
electrical appliances store.
"When we got here, the town
celebrated its centennial and
everybody wore period costumes.
That's how my interest in
costumes started," Mrs Shaw said.
She joined the Fiordland Players
in 1985, initially working with the
wardrobe mistress, Karly Burnby,
who took care of the costumes,
but did not make them, so Margo
took on this role.
Margo admits that she loves
challenges and has had a few
of them over the years. She had
to make a camel, a crocodile, a
horse, a takahe, a rat and many
others. One time her brief was:
"You have to make a cat that
looks like it knows that he's just
swallowed some poison".
The slim budget at the Players'
disposal for making costumes has
been a challenge in its own right
and forced Margo to be creative
with the designs and materials
"My first job was to make a large
rock bird. We made it of the
canvas canopy that came off the
bike hire place."
One set of green velvet curtains
acquired a new lease of life as a
Henry VIII costume, an Elizabethan
dress and Robin Hood characters.
In their heyday The Players used to
put on two shows per year, which
kept Margo very busy. Nowadays
there is only one show each
year, but when Fiordland College
or Te Anau School have their
productions, they also come to
Margo for outfits.
Her last big challenge was to find
Margo Shaw with some of the costumes she has made for the Fiordland Players.
PHOTO: Alína Suchanskí
costumes for 40 participants of
the murder mystery evening at
the Te Anau Lodge last year. The
difficulty was not only to provide
the clothes, but also accessories,
such as belts, jewellery, wigs, hats
and even weapons.
"Margo is such a stalwart for the
Players," said the theatre group
president, Kathy Gray. "She makes
a significant contribution to the
Players' budget. In some years the
costume hire brings in more than
the ticket sales from our show."
"She has very high standards in
terms of costume making. She
is very fussy and has a good eye
for colour and what works well on
stage," Mrs Gray said.
In 2009 Margo's outstanding
service to the musical theatre was
recognised when she received
a Merit Award from the Music
Theatre Federation of New
need to be washed, cleaned and
In the past few months Junelle
McMurtrie has been helping her
with the costume hire and Margo
says it's been marvellous to have
a helper. However, she does not
intend to retire just yet.
At 83, Margo is still enjoying
dressing people up and seeing
them having fun. She says that the
work is quite time consuming. Not
only does she need to be at the
Shed during the
also when the
retu rn ed, th ey
"As long as I can, I will carryon,"
she states with a smile.
Last week's Crossword Solution
ACROSS: 1 Globe, 4 A drop in the ocean, 14 Heave, 15 Strew, 16 Nit-picking, 17 Litre, 19 Ice, 20 Dead end, 21 Territory, 22 Citric, 25 Gibberish,
27 Asylum, 28 Salmon, 33 Daydreamer, 35 Tea, 36 Gannet, 37 Blur, 39 Lay, 41 Enslave, 42 Coming, 43 Currently, 44 Aisle, 45 Shredded, 50 Em,
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71 Impounded, 76 Botany, 77 Barrister, 79 Haughty, 81 Too, 84 Amigo, 85 Evaluation, 86 Humid, 87 Entry, 88 On top of the world, 89 Cease.
DOWN: 2 Litter, 3 Bleed, 5 Dais, 6 Oppress, 7 Incurs, 8 Twist, 9 Eagerly, 10 Calm, 11 Attain, 12 Panic, 13 Veteran, 14 Hearsay, 18 Unobserved, 23 Cramp,
24 Furnace, 26 Indulge, 27 Amalgam, 29 Militia, 30 Paunch, 31 Strip, 32 Weirdo, 34 Riot, 36 Gypsy, 38 Rhyme, 40 Leak, 45 Samba, 46 Ruction, 47 Dodo,
48 Enmity, 49 Sieve, 50 Enlarge, 52 Ornamental, 53 Chortle, 54 Secure, 55 Rainbow, 56 Handy, 57 Weep, 62 Crook, 67 Portray, 68 Canteen, 70 Placebo,
72 Maestro, 73 Ensign, 74 Astute, 75 Ethics, 76 Boots, 78 React, 80 Gauge, 82 Polo, 83 Foil.
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