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Shakespeare in the Park costumes and props

There are many elements that go into a theatrical production: actors, lights, sound, sets... not to mention the script. And there are also costumes and props, two elements that come into contact with the actors in ways the other elements do not.

At the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, there is also weather to take into account. Costumes have to be kept in good shape.

Tide is the "official wardrobe care partner" of the Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park, and on Thursday the partnership allowed for the viewing of costumes worn by the actors in "Much Ado About Nothing." The show is being performed through July 6.

Beatrice's dress gets aired out backstage at the
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Beatrice's dress gets aired out backstage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Beatrice is one of the lovers in Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."

There are five types of characters in
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There are five types of characters in "Much Ado About Nothing," Costume Master Luke McDonough said. Nobles, soldiers, townspeople, household staff and lady's of the house. This dress, with its embellishments, most certainly belongs to a lady of the house.

The jacket and hat of Don Pedro, Prince
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The jacket and hat of Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, from the Shakespeare play "Much Ado About Nothing," backstage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

SPOILER ALERT: Hero was left at the alter
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SPOILER ALERT: Hero was left at the alter in "Much Ado About Nothing." We think it must have been pretty hard to believe, despite the story, with her being so pretty in pink in the performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Dogberry, the constable character in
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Dogberry, the constable character in "Much Ado About Nothing," waiting on the rack backstage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Costume Master Luke McDonough said that costumes get "stage cleaned," which is a step below the level of cleanliness required by most people. The stage lights are "very forgiving," he said.

More costumes backstage at the Delacorte Theater in
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More costumes backstage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park presentation of "Much Ado About Nothing."

A soldier's costume backstage at the Delacorte Theater
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A soldier's costume backstage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Masks and other costumes backstage at the Delacorte
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Masks and other costumes backstage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Shakespeare in the Park propmaster Jaay Duckworth makes
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Shakespeare in the Park propmaster Jaay Duckworth makes fake blood.

Prop master Jay Duckworth shows off a prepared
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Prop master Jay Duckworth shows off a prepared "blood pack." It goes into a sleeve, which is places inside the costume of an actor.

The blood pack is filled with Tide liquid
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The blood pack is filled with Tide liquid soap, chocolate sauce and red food coloring.

Making the blood backstage at Shakespeare in the
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Making the blood backstage at Shakespeare in the Park.

Pro tip for the costumers at Shakespeare in
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Pro tip for the costumers at Shakespeare in the Park: vodka can take the smell out of fabrics! Just spray a little on an area that smells less than clean.

Prop Master Jay Duckworth exhibits how well the
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Prop Master Jay Duckworth exhibits how well the blood drips down a person's wrist.

Public Theater Costume Master Luke McDonough on the
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Public Theater Costume Master Luke McDonough on the stage at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

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