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Portraying A Character
The various characters I portray in my performances were real people in history, with the exception of Irene Adler.  All these women mean something to me, and I carefully considered each one before I took her on as a new character to research, write about, and perform.  As a result, I do my best to faithfully and accurately portray these characters, which means much research is required.  If you look at the page called “Learn More you will see some of the books I’ve done for Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mary Harlan Lincoln, and Mary Todd Lincoln, and those I recommend to you as well!
Researching Characters
Like with any performance, finding clothing appropriate for the character is paramount. Wardrobe and props are scrutinized to look authentic; no detail is too small to be overlooked.  Finding apparel from the 19th Century is not easy, and the pieces that still exist are mostly too delicate to wear on a regular basis.  This is why I work with talented seamstresses and tailors to make the costumes I wear.  All my gowns are made for me out of period-appropriate materials, and (where possible) using authentic patterns from the period.  Maintaining historical garments can be a time consuming endeavor, but it’s also a labor of love.  Jewelry is also carefully researched.  Many of my pieces are antique pieces, or are recreations of items that these ladies actually owned (i.e. Mary Todd Lincoln's Seed Pearl set from Tiffany's, and Laura Ingalls Wilder's garnet engagement ring).
Wardrobe & Props
After selecting a character, I start to get a feeling for who they are as a person.  I learn how they think, learn their personality, their passions, social status, and even their pet-peeves.  Then comes the time to write a monologue to portray the character accurately, communicate how life was in the time period, and provide a look into history, all the while continuing to entertain the audience.
Writing A Performance