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A very ‘Brave’ princess.

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Ready your arrow, take aim…

Bang the drums, sound the bagpipes, and fire the arrows! A brand new character to match your ‘Brave’ themed parties is here!

To say we’re excited about this new character is putting it very mildly. Just to give you an idea, we’ve been practicing our Scottish accents for weeks and, frankly, we can’t stop; we’re having such a great time with it!

Making the costume and props for our ‘Merida’ look-alike character was just as fun. It started with 6 yards of dark teal shantung, a heavier weight silk fabric with a subtle luster. We found a historically accurate “medieval” pattern for the shape of the dress. I think cutting the pattern and laying it out on the fabric took the most time; you only have one chance to get the cut right.

Twelve plus hours later, and we had the dress! Whew! The belt is hand-made, too, including its hand decorated Celtic symbols in gold paint.

Next, we wanted to give this character an activity unique to her performance. Our specialty is truly engaging entertainment, much of it through interactive game play, so why not create a way for our Celtic princess to not only teach bravery through her activities, but also lead a fun, educational bit on a historical sport? How about a mock archery lesson?!

Putting the target together.

We came up with the idea to upholster a giant, circular foam piece with felt, making it look like a target. We attached Velcro to the play arrows, so that the arrows would stick to the felt, and voila! A fantastic, portable target for the character to bring to every appearance. Plus, it makes a great set piece for photos. Bulls-eye!

We also wanted our character to have a HUGE head of curly, red hair. How could she not?! We left this to our professional wig mistress and we’re so glad we did: check it out. It is UNREAL. We love it!

Hair. Everywhere.

So, “change your fate” this fall and give us a call. This character will make a grrreat addition to any party full of active, curious kids who love adventure, magic, and feisty lassies.

P.S. Take a peek at our promo video here: http://youtu.be/CbtLAt1rAvg

www.papillonsentertainment.com

papillons.ent@gmail.com

UPDATE: 09/02/12

Jenna just did a great shoot in ‘Merida’ costume with Drongo Photo. Take a peeky-boo!

“I. Am. MERIDA!”

“If you could change your fate…”

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Author: Papillons Entertainment

I'm Jenna Bryson and I'm the "queen butterfly" and lead expert performer at Papillons Entertainment, a children's special event company. I've been working with children for 13+ years and still get a thrill out of making kids happy. I'm also a classically trained actor with a B.A. from Univ. Maryland (Baltimore County), a budding children's book author (see 'Grace from Outer Space'), wanna-be comedy improvisor (graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade L.A.), and actual singer-songwriter. My music has been heard in feature films, promos, and on shows such as 'Hellcats', '90210' (the new series), 'Life Unexpected', and 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'. My debut album, 'make/believe', is available on all major internet retailers.

One thought on “A very ‘Brave’ princess.

  1. The wig your professional wig mistress made is gorgeous!!! Absolutely stunning. I am an owner of an entertainment business as well (in Northern CA) and I was wondering if she’d be willing to make me one too. I’d pay her, of course. Any information you could pass along to me, I’d appreciate it grately! 🙂

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