Friday, May 13, 2016

A Life In Gowns Part 2: Meet Sarah

Ever wonder who we are when we're not all glitzed up, entertaining your little ones with our mad face paint and balloon skills, or dazzling them with our big bag of magic tricks? We're a diverse group of folk, each coming from a different performance background, and with a little bit of a different story. 

Allow me to introduce: Princess Sarah!

Sarah is certainly no stranger to performance. Being a 3rd generation performer (her mother's mother, Robin Good, did Shakespeare at the Old Globe, and her grandfather was an actor, too), it's literally in her blood. Originally from Los Angeles, but raised bicoastally between LA and Rhode Island, Sarah moved to the Bay Area about 9 years ago, and responded to an ad looking for a Jasmine entertainer for a birthday party. She had been a costume shop manager, pattern maker, and wardrobe and fashion designer at San Diego Repertory Theater, and since her father's originally from Jordan, it seemed like a match made in Princess heaven. 

When she was little, Sarah dreamed of being an artist, but assumed this meant she had to be a painter. There was also a brief period when she wanted to be a lawyer, but her love of costuming and sparkle won out in the end. The eldest of three siblings, Sarah used to spend hours making up silly songs and playing games with her sister and brother, who wanted be a Bunny Rabbit and a Tractor respectively. That might sound silly, but as Sarah says "With costuming, anything is possible!" 

Sarah has possibly the most extensive costume collection of any of our entertainers, and thanks to her background in costuming and theatrical makeup, she's adding new characters all the time. Obviously, Jasmine is a very natural character for Sarah, but she really loves playing original characters that she's come up with, or that birthday kids have requested. Party hosts often ask if she made her costume, and the answer is almost always "YES!" Wether she's built the whole thing from scratch, or pieced it together, just about every one of her costumes is a original creation of her very own imagination. 

Sarah's great at everything she does, but especially enjoys doing Diva style parties with glitter tattoos, hair bling, makeovers, and runway shows, because she gets to bring her love of costuming and styling to the parties. "You really get to help the kids find their inner sparkle!" she says. Plus, the birthday girl and her friends get to be the stars! Sarah always emphasizes that sparkle comes from within, and that it's all about bringing your own confidence into whatever you do. For Runway parties, she always says "It's your walk -  bring your own special attitude to it!" 

Sarah's done tons of parties for kids ages 4 - 8, but really loves it when all the party guests get involved. She loves working with older kids, too, because "They still want to believe in magic, all you have to do is give them an excuse." 

After over 800 parties with Fire Pixie, Sarah has a lot of happy memories, but one in particular stands out in a big way: 

"I was Sofia, and the family had this whole huge hall rented out just for the party. After we did our Princess Procession, the birthday girl did a phenomenal full-on rendition of Let It Go, and I was absolutely awestruck! "Later, when we were playing Limbo, all the women in the family joined hands an formed a giant circle around us and cheered for each guest as they took their turn. I was floored and on the verge of tears the whole time because it was just so beautiful!" 

Outside of Fire Pixie, Sarah is a genuine Jill-Of-All-Trades. She's a model and actor, and recently started doing voice acting, too. She frequently works with Mario Chiodo studios doing costuming and photo shoot styling for the packaging for their Halloween costumes and wigs - you've likely seen her work in your local costume shop. She also designs custom costumes for herself and other live performance artists. 

Currently, she's working on a very special project for an upcoming Adventure Time themed wedding. "We'll have a Rainicorn Bride, and a Jake the Dog Groom!", says Sarah, "I never thought I'd be making someone's wedding dress, but this was just too much fun to pass up!"

She works with a variety of performance groups around the Bay Area and beyond. She's one of the founding members of The New Eccentrics (who brought you the world's first Pop Up Book Musical), and as a long-time member of The New Old Time Chautauqua, Sarah has entertained in underserved communities all over the US. This winter and spring, you can see her performing with the Golden Thread Fairy Tale Players, an educational outreach program which features theater from and about the Middle East. Catch her as Princess Tamar in their their production of "Princess Tamar Rescues Nazar the Brave".

Sarah's also a fantastic roller skater! If you happen to attend the Church of 8 Wheelsweekly family lesson and skate, you might catch Sarah skating around the rink in full Princess garb. Recently, she also teamed up with Fire Pixie's own Erin to debut one of Erin's newest LED creations

If you'd like to invite Sarah to your party to inspire your little girls to follow their dreams, you can book her here

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