Originally created 01/22/06

NBC wardrobe worker's roots are in Storyland



Nancy Feldman raised a few eyebrows while checking in for a recent flight from New York to Augusta.

The large box in her possession caused the concern.

"It has an evening gown and bird costume" in it, Ms. Feldman told worried airport officials.

Ms. Feldman, who works in New York in NBC's wardrobe department, put some new life into an old costume being used in Storyland Theatre's upcoming production of The Emperor's Nightingale.

"It was really enormous and cumbersome (to carry through the airports)," said Ms. Feldman, 24, who was in town last week for a friend's wedding.

Ms. Feldman has a long history with Storyland Theatre, which her mother, Barbara Lynne Feldman, started about 20 years ago.

Ms. Feldman said she attended all the rehearsals at Storyland as a child and would fill in for actors who missed rehearsals.

She performed with her parents with other theater companies in town, and although she has helped behind-the-scenes at Storyland, the 1999 Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School graduate said she has never performed in a Storyland production.

"I always wanted to do a show with Storyland," she said.

Since Storyland's productions are aimed at schoolchildren and shows are during the school day, actors must have flexible schedules, and Barbara Lynne Feldman has a rule that no high school students can participate in a Storyland production because they would miss school.

After graduating from Davidson, Nancy Feldman attended Northwestern University.

In addition to her costuming duties on the sets on NBC shows such as The Today Show and Law and Order SVU, Nancy Feldman said she worked in costuming with the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast.

Besides helping revive the nightingale costume for the upcoming Storyland performance, Nancy Feldman is the Web master for Storyland's Web site.

She said she feels Storyland helped prepare her for the career field she chose.

"They are so professional," she said of Storyland. "They treat people with such respect. It's a great example of what theater should be like. It's so beneficial for every child."

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

If You Go

What: Storyland Theatre's The Emperor's Nightingale

When: 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.

Cost: Weekday shows are $4.50, free for teachers and chaperones. Special rates are available for home-school groups. Reservations are required for school shows. The Saturday matinee is $5 per person, and no reservations are needed. Active-duty military and their families will be admitted free at the Saturday show.Phone: 736-3455 or 731-0054