Props to the props master

  • Bill Buley / TGIFR!DAY

    David Braman, who plays Olaf in HCT’s production of “Frozen, Jr.”, left, tries on his costume Tuesday with the help of props master Kharma Stambaugh, right, who made it.

When “Frozen, Jr.” comes alive this weekend, give props to Kharma Stambaugh for the props.

“My dad does construction, so I’m kind of familiar with crafty stuff,” she said.

Stambaugh is props master for the Hawaii Children’s Theatre’s “Summer Stars” program that runs Friday to Sunday at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

Tuesday, she was adjusting the costume being worn by David Braman, who plays Olaf the snowman.

She made it with chicken wire and spray foam and a bit of ingenuity to shape it just so it fit Braman. It took a few weeks.

She created the ribbons for the dances and Elsa’s enchanted ice scepter. She makes “the weird, special costumes.”

“It’s been a process,” she said.

By that, Stambaugh means plenty of experimentation to see what works best, and go from there.

Her experience helps. She worked on HCT’s “Beauty and the Beast” last year, creating the props.

Her efforts are appreciated.

“She’s super-talented,” Braman said.

— Bill Buley, TGIFR!DAY

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