By day, Angela Hinton runs a medical supply business. By night, she makes costumes for Marco Players’ productions from her home.
On any given evening during the Marco Players show season, Hinton can be found at her sewing machine with garments strewn all over the tables and floors sewing, embellishing and resizing costumes. Some nights, Hinton works until 2 a.m.
“I love doing it,” said Hinton, referring to her role as costume maker while displaying a dress from the theater’s vast collection. “It’s totally different from what I normally do. It’s like escapism.”
Hinton, a full-time Marco resident for five years and a part-time resident on the Island for 30, started costuming for the third show of last year’s four-show season. For her first production, “On Golden Pond,” the characters wore mostly fishing shirts. For her second production, “The Fourth Wall,” she dressed the actors in contemporary outfits.
Hinton said she buys more than she makes, purchasing most the clothes at thrift and consignment stores. She said she has never bought anything for more than $15.
“It’s easier to buy and then alter or embellish from there,” Hinton said, “Although, I am a bit of a perfectionist. I search and search for the right piece. If I can’t find it, then I make it.”
The last garment she made was a black shift dress with leopard detail.
Hinton volunteered to do the costumes at the theater after seeing an ad for a replacement costume designer. Beverly Dalstrom, the president of Marco Players’, chose Hinton from a handful of candidates based on her personality and experience.
“She’s got a wonderful personality that I knew would be a great addition to our team,” Dalstrom said, “She has great ideas, is always thinking ahead and knows her fabrics, sizing and colors.”
Hinton’s vast knowledge came from costume making for regional theater in Buck County, Pennsylvania, where she went to college and lived for many years. There, she dressed actors at the annual Shakespeare Festival and other productions held at Allentown College, which is now re-named DeSales University. Hinton said her love of theater sparked an interest in being a part of it.
“Some people act or direct,” said Hinton, a blonde with short hair and blue eyes, “I could sew, so that’s how I made my contribution.”
A long-time member of the Marco Players family, Leslie Juriet, who passed away last year made Hinton’s job easier with a sizable donation of costumes. After Juriet’s passing, Cindy Mueller, Juriet’s partner in a traveling production group called Center Stage Productions, donated three rooms full of costumes, wigs and accessories to the theater.
“It was a treasure trove,” said Hinton about the large collection, which her and Dalstrom picked up at Juriet’s house, “For a costume maker, I was a kid in a candy store.”
The next production for Hinton to costume is “Come Blow Your Horn,” which is set in the 60s. The show runs starts Wednesday and runs through Nov. 21, and Hinton said she has already found many of the garments, including leopard coats and smoking jackets.
Although, that show has been relatively easy to dress, the following will be more of a challenge. For “SeaScape,” which is about a couple who meet two sea creatures, Hinton will have to make life-size green lizard costumes.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Hinton said, “I’m always open to new challenges and another way for me to play with clothes.”