Remembering Alan Rickman: 4 Life Lessons from Professor Snape

“If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust.” (Alan Rickman)

The world loses wonderful people every day, but last week, the performing arts community lost an incredible man and performer: Alan Rickman. In honor of his life’s work and his unforgettable role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, we’ve put together a list of life lessons that we learned from Professor Snape.

4 LIFE LESSONS FROM PROFESSOR SNAPE

  1. Fight for what you believe in (even if it means sacrificing your reputation at times).

Professor Snape devoted his life to fighting for the right side in the wizarding world, but he did so behind the scenes. He appeared to most students as a harsh and unloving professor, and he was willing to sacrifice a positive appearance for the sake of fighting for his beliefs and the people he loved. He never faltered in his support for Dumbledore and his mission to protect the world from evil regardless of how he had to present himself to Hogwarts students to protect what he was fighting for.

  1. Loyalty will win out in the end.

Snape’s loyalty is a complicated topic because it wasn’t fully uncovered until the very end of the book series. Regardless of the specific person he was loyal to, he committed himself to the good side, and he majorly contributed to the good side’s victory over Voldemort and the Death Eaters. His contribution of memories (which were a result of his loyalty to Lily and Dumbledore) were a turning point in the final battle and helped Harry and his friends win the fight against evil.

  1. Stand up for those who will make the world a better place.

Snape could have easily been taken under Voldemort’s wing, but his love for Lily and appreciation for Dumbledore allowed him to stand and fight for young people that brought the wizarding world out of a very dark time. One moment in particular that comes to mind occurs in the third book of the series when Snape shields Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Professor Lupin when he is in his werewolf form. The Snape that readers knew at the time could have easily let Lupin get to the three students, but he protected them because he knew that they had so much to offer the wizarding world.

  1. Do everything with love.

Fighting for good, remaining loyal to your friends, and standing up for others—these actions all stem from one major lesson we can learn from Professor Snape. Do everything with love. His love for Lily Potter motivated his life’s work of protecting Harry and helping to defeat Voldemort. His love for Dumbledore gave him the courage to die for the right cause. Though he seemed rather harsh and insensitive at times, he used these unlikeable qualities to put himself in a position to protect and care for those who needed him most.

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How do I design costumes for my show choir competition set?

How do I design costumes for my show choir competition set?

The rehearsals and performances never stop for show choirs! Holiday shows are around the corner, and it’s already time to kick into gear for competition season. For directors that are newer to the show choir competition circuit, designing costumes for a competition set can seem daunting and overwhelming. Here are a few things we suggest that you think about when putting together costumes for your show choir:

  1. A 5, 6, 7—quick-change!

That snug, sequin dress may look fabulous on all of your girls, but if it’s tough to get on, we would recommend choosing something else for a finale outfit. Costumes that require more time and care to put on work well for opening numbers because the performers have more time get them on in the dressing rooms. Costumes that go on (and off if you have more than one costume change) easily are a must for any quick-changes. Stretchy fabrics are great, but if you have a backstage crew helping with costume changes, zippers on less-forgiving fabrics can also work well.

  1. Thematic Inspiration

Are you designing your competition set with a theme in mind? With so many color and fabric choices, you have the option to design costumes that will support your theme. Perhaps you’re looking at music with a fire theme: check out reds, oranges, golds and metallic knits in those colors. 5471335686_5639cb1748Trying out a Broadway theme? Women in classic, floor-length dresses paired with men in a timeless black and white suit will shout that style to everyone in the room. Going for an edgier look to pair with pop and rock hits? Metallic knit, faux leather, bold colors—these are just a few ways to match your outfits with your music. Our account managers are happy to help you design costumes that will make your show choir competition set the best it can be.

  1. Make it memorable (in all the right ways)!

Every show choir wants the judges and the audience to 13849349493_1a14678cc9remember their performance, and your costumes play a major role in that. If you’re sticking with that Broadway theme, think outside of the black-and-white box and maybe choose a color with a little more pop. Consider custom-designing an outfit that isn’t found in our catalog so that your group really makes a statement.* Keep your group’s hair and makeup in mind as well as you put together a memorable look because visuals are about more than the costumes and choreography. Check back in a few months for our special competition blog, where we’ll be covering hair and makeup ideas and tutorials for competition season.

 

Competition season is an exciting time of year in the show choir community. Let us help you put together costumes that will make a statement and help you sparkle on your way to the top!

*Note: If you are interested in doing a custom design, please contact your account manager as soon as possible or call Rivar’s and we’ll put you with an account manager. The process is a little different from ordering from the catalog. We would be happy to help you with designs and get your performers in one-of-a-kind costumes!