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Behind the Scenes: Moline High School Musical Costumes

Updated: March 12, 2013 10:04 PM CDT
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On the NBC hit show 'Smash', opening night may still be a ways away. But for the cast and crew of Moline High School's musical production, the curtain goes up on "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Thursday!

We're taking you behind the scenes one last time, to introduce you to the costume designer, who is putting the finishing touches on her masterpieces.

Peggy Freeman Knudsen is no doubt a very dedicated volunteer.

"I'd rather do this than anything else. It's just awesome to work with these kids," she said.

In fact, she is so dedicated, she made the trip from her new home in Florida to come help out.

She moved there recently after marrying her high school sweetheart. But Peggy couldn't forget her other love - costuming for Moline High School's musical productions.

"I just can't resist!" she said.

She has been sewing since she was three years old, and has done costumes for professional shows for decades.

One of those shows: The Quad Cities Music Guild's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat back in 1995. It's the same show Moline High is putting together now - using many costumes on loan from the Music Guild now.

Peggy recognized her handiwork in the costume she was fitting on Joseph Pautsch, a Moline High School sophomore playing one of the Brothers in the show.

"I actually made this in 1995," she told him.

"I wasn't even born!" Pautsch replied.

"Aren't you cute!" Peggy exclaimed, laughing.

While many of the costumes in this show are on loan from the professionals, Peggy's additional craftsmanship and eye for detail - down to using her own sandals to provide Pharaoh's footwear - those things make the difference.

"The costuming really makes the character," Travis Meier, who is playing "Pharaoh" in the show, explained.

For Peggy Freeman Knudsen, the transformation is what it is all about.

"You know, high school is a tough time, and you just can watch a shy person blossom once you put the costumes on them," she said. "It's just so exciting to watch."

It's a lot of hard work, too, though - Work Peggy says she could not do without her student helpers.

But just ask the student performers, and they'll tell you, it's work that has definitely paid off.

"It's pretty fantastic. It's everything I was hoping for really," Meier said of his own costume.

The students will be proud to show Peggy's hard work off when the curtain comes up on opening night.

You can catch a performance of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' in the Moline High School auditorium this Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday as well.

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