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Ramapo College Brings Broadway Costumes to Brandywine

MAHWAH, NJ, February 21, 2017Ramapo College brings Broadway costumes to Brandywine.  Brandywine Living has partnered with Ramapo College to bring unique educational courses to their residents. Topics range from environmental issues in Costa Rica to current economical concerns in America, and continue to expand as the seminars progress.

On February 8th, the residents enjoyed an Arts & Humanities seminar, titled “Exploring Costume Design in Theater Production,” facilitated by professor Beba Shamash. Professor Shamash was a costume designer for 35 years, and her portfolio includes both Broadway and the New York City Opera. She began her demonstration with a Powerpoint presentation that broke down the design process and construction of costumes, explaining that, “the job of the costume designer is to support the vision of the director to help create the character for the actor.”

Sample costumes were presented to the residents, as well as professor Shamash’s personal sketchbooks, giving them a tangible glimpse of how a design is seen through from start to finish. A tremendous amount of research goes into costume creation, including how it will be viewed from the audience – everything must be exaggerated to appear as normal from such a distance, including clothing made of lace, and even the actor’s makeup.

Residents learned a great deal about the inner workings of costume design and theatre. When asked about the seminar, AJ R. replied, “I was surprised by how much education goes into that! I loved it!!” Everyone is looking forward to the next seminar in March, and anticipate their graduation ceremony in June.

Seniors Seated in Movie Theater  Audience Listening to Lecture

About Brandywine

Brandywine Living is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine currently operates 27 communities in five states (PA, NJ, NY, CT & DE) with the capacity to serve over 2,700 residents. 

Brandywine is actively expanding its portfolio in the Mid-Atlantic and currently has over $100 million of construction in progress (including a community in Livingston, NJ scheduled to open in 2017). Brandywine is under agreement for additional sites in Northern VA and Montgomery County, MD, and anticipates opening five communities in the D.C. metropolitan