School is officially back in session and that calls for the reflection of summer 2018. We’re always amazed by the incredibly impressive and interesting things Katies accomplish... So much so that we couldn’t keep it to ourselves!
Joining the circus
Kalea Ott '20 worked with Circus Juventas as a trapeze artist and costume designer. She’s been around Circus Juventas practically her whole life, but got involved performing, training, and coaching with the organization in 2013. This summer, along with rehearsing aerial tricks and coaching younger performers, she took on a bigger role backstage repairing costumes. A natural fit for Ott who is studying apparel design at St. Kate’s.
Three years ago, Ott would have described her duties backstage in the costume department as more of a helper. Today, she’s practically the assistant to the costume designer. “I have to know where everything is in the studio and remember what needs to get done each day,” said Ott.
“I know a lot of these performers personally,” she said. “So it’s fun for me to make the performer feel as good as possible, to create the costume that will invoke that awesome performance.” In the future, Ott aspires to continue making circus costumes for companies across the world.