Showtime Costume Shop’s Ron Smith, left, helps Bill
Clutter, the shop’s marketing manager, put on a foam and latex
Published: Commercial News
Date: October 06, 2007 11:15 pm
Halloween every day
Costume shop lets imaginations run
BY CAROL ROEHM
DANVILLE — Whoopee cushions,
flying monkeys, limitless costume choices — oh my!
just another day, though, at Showtime, 3815 N. Vermilion St.,
where employees are encouraged to dress up in one of the
store’s many costumes.
On this day, Sherlock Holmes,
the Wizard of Nod and a medieval queen roamed the Danville
The store, which formerly housed The Chifforobe,
has been a popular place lately with area high school students
looking for unique outfits to wear during homecoming dress-up
Patti Balla, a senior at Bismarck-Henning High
School, shopped for blue hair coloring to wear for extreme
blue and silver day at the school on Thursday.
been in here before looking for a Halloween costume,” she
With Halloween only a few weeks away, business is
certain to be brisk at Showtime.
The way the store
looks now is a far cry from this spring.
“There was a
bunch of boxes and nothing else,” Bill Clutter, marketing
director at Showtime, said. “We’ve grown a
Clutter, who sported a devil’s tail at work that
day, said the store offers costumes for all ages.
have everything from infants and toddlers to children and
adults,” he said.
Unisex costumes, such as bunnies and
gorillas, suit both men and women.
The biggest part of a Showtime employee’s job
is helping customers figure out what they want to dress up
“One couple came into the store and didn’t know
what they wanted to go to a party as,” he said.
suggested one of the store’s “couple costumes.” The man ended
up dressing as a gorilla and his wife was a
Another costume popular with dating couples is
Sonny and Cher. Or if two guys are going to a party, the store
offers a Dumb and Dumber ensemble.
owner of Showtime, said sometimes if someone cannot figure out
what they want to dress up as, “we send them to the rental
books, and it gives them ideas.
“We create and make
costumes for people, and we’ll always special order
cos-tumes,” she said.
So many choices
choices, however, can be overwhelming.
colorful wigs line one wall of the shop, as well as real hair
and felt mustaches and Santa Claus beards. Lightweight foam
masks that contort with the person’s facial expressions are
unique to the costume shop.
Wigs for chemotherapy
patients also may be special ordered at the
“We’re the only ones in town who carry red hats
for the Red Hat Society Ladies,” Clutter said.
sell gag and magic tricks, everything from handheld tricks to
big theatrical productions and haunted house props,” he
Showtime will supply the masks and makeup for
this year’s Danville Jaycee’s haunted house.
been able to buy everything in Danville this year,” Clutter
said of the project.
While hundreds of costumes are for
sale, there are hundreds more for rent, including shoes and
accessories and a theatrical quality Darth Vader that rents
“Rentals are for 24 hours and a security
deposit is required by credit card or cash,” Clutter
“It’s insurance they’re going to come back with
the costume,” he said.
wall, a full-size faux corpse with a hollowed out chest is
displayed. It serves as a beverage cooler at
“It’s an ice chest, literally,” Clutter said.
“It can be rented for $75. For a Halloween party, it’s really
Showtime employees also can be hired to
arrive at an event as a character.
“They can book us to
come dressed up as a character,” Clutter said. “We call it
The shop also accepts orders for
custom-made costumes, such as for madrigal dinners, school
plays and community theater.
Rademacher, who hails from
Joliet and operated a costume shop there before moving to
Rossville, said she was surprised Danville didn’t have a
costume shop already because there are so many theater groups
in the area.
“We’ve had calls for costume plots, where
they tell us what characters they need to dress,” she
Dawn Ferguson, guest director for Hoopeston
Artistic Repertory Theatre’s production of Wizard of Oz in
August, said the community theater group called on Showtime
for its costuming needs.
“They came and did the
fittings, and everything was ready and done on time,” she
The cowardly lion’s costume was a custom-made
“The lion costume was custom and looked
fantastic,” she said.
“He was a big guy, and they made
a costume of thinner material with pockets to place cool
compresses in,” she said.
Ferguson said Rademacher made
helpful suggestions and showed the cast how to use
professional theater makeup.
Before Showtime, Ferguson
said ART relied on handmade costumes and donations or used
“This was the first production where
we had professional costumes,” she said. “Everything looked
All made up
For some, a costume is
not complete without makeup.
“It depends how far a
customer wants to go with their costume,” Rademacher
Rademacher and Ron Smith, who was dressed as the
Wizard of Nod on this day, are the shop’s makeup
Rademacher and Smith can show customers how to
apply and create special effects with the professional theater
makeup or customers can schedule an appointment to have their
makeup applied by an artist.
“It’s not hard to do
makeup,” she said. “We’ll show them how to do it.
also do airbrush tattoos for Halloween or we can do the whole
face,” said Rademacher, who has been a makeup artist for 15
Smith said he loves applying makeup and creating
special effects, such as broken noses, bruises, bleeding cuts
and road rash.
“I can use the skills I have,” he said.
“I love talking to the customers and helping them with their
“It’s like Halloween every day.”
Showtime is open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
From Oct. 15
through Nov. 3 the store will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On
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