If it’s a pirate’s life for you, you have to look and dress the part. No one knows that better than the professional costuming team getting the cast and crew ready for the debut of Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge, which officially opened on Friday, May 24, 2019.
From pirate captains to many other colorful characters setting sail in this pirate adventure, the elaborate costumes for this crew are all ship-shape and sure to impress audiences and set the mood for the swashbuckling storyline. Every costume has been custom-designed and fabricated in-house for each individual performer, including embellishments fitting to the specific character.
In excess of 800 yards of specialized fabric was used to make the show’s costumes, and more than 1800 hours over the course of several months were spent designing, creating and bringing the Pirates Voyage unique look to life. The specialty costumes for the mermaids took a minimum of 40 hours each to fabricate, and multiple outfits are necessary for each performer per show. The swords, all custom-designed and custom-made, are unique to each character and took eight weeks to complete just for the Pirates Voyage show.
The design, development, and fabrication of all aspects of costuming took shape under the direction and supervision of Corporate Director of Productions Clare Lewis, who said that the show’s costumes are key to immersing the audience in their own Pirates Voyage.
“These costumes dress up our characters and truly bring the pirates experience to life,” Lewis said. “Our dedicated and hardworking professional costuming team began work in late 2018. The attention to every detail to make sure that each ensemble worn throughout the show adds to the overall experience of what life is like in this action-packed adventure world. It has been all hands on deck to complete this amazing costuming feat!”
Pirates Voyage construction phase is a $9 million project, in addition to the initial investment in the property for a total of $28 million.