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Edgewater’s Tutu King : Halsey Onstage Costumer Extraordinaire 

Hasley1Many of us love Edgewater for its diversity. It seems that one could find about anything in this area whether it is a fast food eatery or high end restaurant, a chain grocery store or specialty food shop, apartment living or a large new construction single family home. One of the establishments adding to our unique and diverse businesses is Halsey Onstage, a costume and design shop, specializing in unique and beautiful tutu’s located at 1219 W Thorndale.

Travis, originally from South Dakota, has lived in Edgewater, not far from his current location, for the past several years. For over the last fifteen years, Travis has designed and built costumes for various styles of performance from ballet, to opera, the theater, the circus, television and film, among other forms of performance that require high-end, tailored quality costumes. You may have seen some of his work in notable world premiers such as the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Don Quixote, or in multiple performances on stage with the Houston Ballet Company.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“This is a small field specializing in a very specific product,” Travis says. Because of his specialized and focused art form, Travis holds regular classes in the studio. He recently completed a small class for advanced bodice and tutu making. A small group of participants came from throughout the U.S. to participate in this four day workshop. Costumes are not only commissioned for the local market but are shipped all over the world.

Rachel Young, Travis’s assistant, says that the business started in Travis’s small apartment, outgrew the space and has even outgrown their original Thorndale location. They now have an additional area in the building for classes and costume construction. In the coming months, they plan to offer beginning and advanced sewing classes. He also has considered a class where one would work with scarves, changing them from their original texture through the use of heat and cold. With endless ways to create beautiful costumes and a demand from others to learn how to create these pieces, Travis has found his calling in a neighborhood that supports his work.

On March 28 and 29 in two three-hour sessions each day, Travis On Stage will offer Ukrainian egg decorating classes. The classes will be open to the public from 10 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM each day. “We want to offer things that others are not doing,” Travis says. Interested participants can register online for the class where more information and fees will be explained. Look for more to come from this hidden Edgeville gem.


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