The director and conductor of “Faust,” opening at the San Diego Opera this Saturday, decided in the production process to make some cuts and smoosh some acts together — so people can enjoy the show but not get antsy.
But that decision left Missy West, costume director, with a puzzle.
How exactly would she get Ailyn Perez, singing the role of Marguerite, out of a fancy dress, bodice and lace-up boots and into a nightgown?
In 30 seconds?
No Velcro is involved. Instead, the costume integrates more secure (and subtle) shortcuts.
The woman helping Perez get out of the dress will use a technique called “speed lacing,” which sounds a little like it should be an Olympic sport. The bodice’s laces are set up so they can be tugged open and the whole thing comes off with a whoosh. West mimed the rapid moves, arms flying, and it looked like a workout.