Meet Our Team: Lynn Marcum

LYNN MARCUM || ACCOUNT MANAGER

Tell me about yourself.

My name is Lynn Marcum, and I am originally from Noblesville, IN. I attended Ball State University, where I studied Fashion Merchandising, Hospitality Management, and Communication Studies. My amazing parents, who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, are also Ball State grads. I have one older sister who is the coolest big sis in the world! My hobbies include singing, dancing, sipping wine, and watching “The Office” 🙂 I also love to travel and spend time with my handsome boyfriend, Matt.

What is your connection to the crazy world of show choir?

I’ve been singing and dancing to Shirley Temple since I was a toddler 🙂 I competed with my high school show choir, and went on to become a member of Ball State University Singers for 2 years!

What is your favorite outfit/dress/garment in this year’s catalog and why?

I’m a huge fan of the new Bastille Metallic Knit fabric in any Tunic style. It’s slinky and sassy and FUN, and would be adorable for most closing numbers!

What is your work background and your education background? 

As previously mentioned, I am a Ball State graduate. I’ve had a variety of jobs since then, including: Flight Attendant, Cocktail Waitress, and Pharmaceutical Sales Rep! I have somehow found my way back to the wonderful world of show choir.

If you could tell customers one thing about you, what would it be?

Even though I’m from Indiana, I spent 6 years of my adult life living in NYC and Miami, FL. Traveling and exploring on my own was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had!

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Ummm ALL OF THEM! Just kidding – probably Strawberry Haagen Dazs.

Meet Our Team: Karen Pappas

KAREN PAPPAS || CUSTOMER SERVICE

Tell me about yourself.

I am from Indianapolis, Indiana. I grew up in Wanamaker and went to Franklin Central High School. My mother and father still live in Wanamaker. I have two brothers that are older than me. Everyone in my family is a musician. My father made a living as a guitarist and singer and my mother as a singer and a bass player. My parents met in Bloomington working on Channel 4 TV station doing a live Country Western Show in 1949. I went to IUPUI and North Carolina School of the Arts to study theatre. I have worked as an Actress most of my life, with different jobs here and there to supplement my income. I lived in NYC for more than twenty years off and on. I love to go camping and hiking, attend the theatre and concerts. I love all music but my favorite is jazz. I like to sew and make jewelry. I adore vintage clothing, especially coats and jewelry. I love to travel, especially abroad. I love Archeology and hope some day to travel to Peru to see the Aztec ruins. I am an Interpreter at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where I teach Paleontology and Archeology.

What is your connection to the crazy world of show choir?

I became involved in show choir in high school. I sang with the Franklin Central Singers. I became involved with Rivar’s when I started sewing as a seasonal employee.

What is your favorite outfit/dress/garment in this year’s catalog and why?

I really love the 1026PAN in the Red Empire Sequins. Red is my favorite color and that sequin design has a vintage, almost 20’s look. I also love the Tiara Glitter fabric in any style. It looks amazing under the lights.

What is your work background and your education background? 

I have worked as a Professional Actress most of my life, living out of NYC and traveling to various theaters or with touring companies. I have worked on stage at Beef and Boards, and also was an assistant in their costume shop. I have worked in offices of all types in NYC as a temp. I worked as a freelance proofreader. I have catered for Lincoln Center, waited tables, worked as a brand ambassador, worked at entertainment parks and museums, including The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. I recently taught Preschool in Fishers.

If you could tell customers one thing about you, what would it be?

I love to laugh.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

All of them! It’s my favorite food group.

Meet Our Team: Alyssa Thorne

We are gearing up for our busiest (and favorite) time of year, and our sales team is ready to go! New fabrics, new designs, and some new faces are at Rivar’s, and we wanted to take the time to introduce you to the newest members of our team. More often than not, we only get to work with you over the phone or via email, but we want you to know a little more about the people that are here to serve you and bring your costume dreams to life. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing introductions from the Rivar’s team so you can get to know us better. First up is a new member of our sales team!


ALYSSA THORNE || ACCOUNT MANAGER

Tell me about yourself!

I’m from Vincennes, IN.  I moved to Indianapolis about two months ago. My hobbies include shopping, traveling, and reading.  I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and our families.

 

 

What is your connection to the crazy world of show choir?

To my misfortune, I was not blessed with a decent voice.  While it does not stop me from singing around my house, in the car, or randomly in the office, I put most of my focus into band and other performing arts.  I was a dancer for 16 years.  When I was in high school I joined color guard.  In high school I was also the vice president for our Tri-M society, which connected me to our show choir.

What is your favorite outfit/dress/garment in this year’s catalog and why?

The 2141SEP in the blue tiara is to die for. We have one in the showroom that I will just put on for fun.  I’m obsessed! But really anything in the new tiara glitter fabric is just stunning. When you put it under the show lights it is breath taking.

What is your work background and your education background? 

I am a recent graduate of University of Southern Indiana. While I was there, I double majored in marketing and management. I also put myself through high school and college by working at Maurice’s.  I worked there for 7 years and became a Co-store manager. Maurice’s taught me so much about leadership, personal development, and outstanding customer service that I’m ready to carry it on to the next chapter of my work life!

If you could tell customers one thing about you, what would it be?

I’m your advocate! I am here for you, so let me help all I can.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Strawberry. DUH.