I'm making Ursula's costume from Broadway's "The Little Mermaid" and I need help. Wig, base dress/bodysuit, make-up, I have down. I need help with her tentacles as I want them to look and act exactly like they do in the Broadway version.
I need to know what process was used to actually make the tentacles, it looks like some kind or ribbon/fabric in a layered manner, does anyone know what this technique is called or what they may have used?
And how to make the tentacles move and rise but still have a slightly fluid motion to them. I'm not sure what to attach the tentacles to for them to be strong enough to lift off the ground. Basically they are going to rise from a closed position to an open position, very much like a peacock opens and closes his tailfeathers.
here are a few links to youtube videos of her costume in action on stage:
Any help at all would be greatly appreciated, I also understand that this costume will take some time, though I have about a two month deadline and money isn't really an issue.