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Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

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Theatre

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This poster showcases costume designs for the Linfield Theatre November 2017 production of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson. The costumes for Ada and the Engine served many purposes within the production. They established period and character, illustrated the passage of time within the play, and connected the realistic and conceptual aspects of the production. Ada has five separate looks as she transitions from a debutante under her mother's power to a strong woman who has come into her own. Incorporating binary and mathematical motifs in the fabric supported Ada's journey and character relationships. In addition to her roles as wife, mother, and daughter, Ada grapples with what it means to be a brilliant mathematician at a time when women were seldom recognized for their intellectual achievements. Even though illness robbed her of much of her life, Ada’s contributions to computer science live on after her.

Ms. Olson received a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the costume design for Ada and the Engine. This poster was presented at the February 2018 Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Costume Design Competition in Spokane, Washington. There Ms. Olson received the Barbizon National Award for Excellence in Costume Design, winning an opportunity to represent the region at the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. in April 2018.

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Costume Designs for Ada and the Engine

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

This poster showcases costume designs for the Linfield Theatre November 2017 production of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson. The costumes for Ada and the Engine served many purposes within the production. They established period and character, illustrated the passage of time within the play, and connected the realistic and conceptual aspects of the production. Ada has five separate looks as she transitions from a debutante under her mother's power to a strong woman who has come into her own. Incorporating binary and mathematical motifs in the fabric supported Ada's journey and character relationships. In addition to her roles as wife, mother, and daughter, Ada grapples with what it means to be a brilliant mathematician at a time when women were seldom recognized for their intellectual achievements. Even though illness robbed her of much of her life, Ada’s contributions to computer science live on after her.

Ms. Olson received a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for the costume design for Ada and the Engine. This poster was presented at the February 2018 Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Costume Design Competition in Spokane, Washington. There Ms. Olson received the Barbizon National Award for Excellence in Costume Design, winning an opportunity to represent the region at the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. in April 2018.

 

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