Costume and prop making is already underway for the annual Snow King MasqueParade that takes place in Spirit Square each year.
The annual festival is on its 12th year, and artists are working on this year’s theme: Enchantment.
The Play House is open for anyone who wants to participate in building costumes and props. The Civic Centre is turned into a crafting shop every weekend by carefully placing out plastic on the floors, and work tables. Boxes of supplies and equipment like glue guns and glitter are provided. At the end of each workshop, volunteers have to pack it all away until the next Play House.
Organizers of the Snow King MasqueParade try to keep a lot of the magic secret, but there is a lot of work that goes into putting on the show.
“Some of these things do take a lot of work,” explained organizer Joyce DeBoer. “I can tell you that there’s one item in particular, one prop, is going to be an eye popper, which is always fun because it has a big awe factor.”
From crafters who build masks and props, to logistic crews who pile and cut snow, and even the stage crew that directs performers on the night of, there are a handful of volunteers that continue to work year after year.
In the beginning, the festival grew from a small group of performers, and the audience also dressed up and carried lanterns to celebrate the Snow King and welcome Lady Spring.
This year, DeBoers is hoping to bring community involvement back into the audience, encouraging everyone who will attend the festivities to get a little enchanted and show off their wild sides.