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16 Sep 2013 - 23:20107263
Masquerade/show question?
Hi everyone! I abuse this forum too much - but this question isn't for me, it's for my brother.

He is working on a costume of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and I think it looks really good so far, but very little of it has been made ourselves - mostly it has been bought as my brother is an actor, not a seamstress, I am only recently learning to make my costumes from scratch myself, and my brother does enjoy the acting and "playing" part of cosplay more than making the costume itself - and he is very good at it!

After watching videos of masquerades at past cons, I wondered if my brother, who is very talented at singing, dancing, and numerous instruments, could someone perform onstage during a con as Gaston - one of the songs from the film or the Broadway musical, as he loves that, is very entertaining in all his roles, and very talented. He wouldn't want to be entered in the competition for making the costumes, as obviously he hasn't done so, but he would love to go on stage and do a performance and I think it would be really fun for everyone - he hasn't performed once where he hasn't made people laugh. It would really help his portfolio, too.

I don't know much about masquerades, not being interested in competing myself, and I don't know if it's possible to do a performance without being judged, or even being allowed on-stage in costume without making the costume yourself. Is this allowed? Is there a con where he could perform without being entered in a competition? He's under 18 if that means anything.

Thank you in advance!

17 Sep 2013 - 04:05107270
MCM Comic Con allow performances in bought costumes. October registration is still open AFAIK That's the London show.

17 Sep 2013 - 07:03107271
General rule of thumb is to check the rules for the specific event, as there is no commonly accepted standard for what can go into a masquerade!

Although as Mazda says the MCM London Expo/Comic Con allows bought costumes in their performance category.

17 Sep 2013 - 09:23107277
Just to add to that if he wants to sing live at MCM Expo they might ask him to do a performance on something like the Totally Cosplay stage. Each con has its on rules for masquerades and so will allow bought costumes for performances, so he's best just finding a con and reading through their guidelines.

17 Sep 2013 - 09:32107278
Residential cons (i.e. the type held in hotels or universities) are increasingly including an "omake" event for performances, usually cosplay related. Aya's was called Sunday Night Live, Ame's is the Omake, Kitacon has Kita's Got Talent I believe - all non-competitive events that encourage performance in cosplay, or performance related to the themes of the event.

17 Sep 2013 - 09:59107279
As the others said, there's no hard and fast rule for all competitions so best just to check with the event you have in mind. Of the two I've done, both actually had categories which seperated shop-bought from hand-made, so there will be options out there!

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