Costuming gives Riggs an intro to world of opera

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Julia Riggs has been in love with costumes for as long as she can remember.

"It creates an extra step in an illusion," Riggs said.

She said she really experienced the powerful effect of costumes on an audience in a recent production in which she played "The Divine Miss D" as a student at Beloit College in Wisconsin. The character she played takes on the persona of the clothes she wears.

"The character comes to the ball dressed as a snake, so she is a real viper," Riggs said. "The snake gloves and this big Cobra head created the extra illusion. I could see children on the front row tightly gripping their mothers."

Riggs, 21, is the daughter of Frankfort resident Charles Riggs and Caroline Durand who lives in Rennes, France.

She has been selected to serve a 12-week summer apprenticeship with the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico starting June 2. She will assist with wardrobe in the costume department. Part of her job will be maintaining costumes for productions and making sure the actors get their costumes in time for each scene.

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