"Costuming is another layer. Costume designer Johanna Pan, who said she was inspired by the concepts of street theater and the colors and patterns of the late-1950s into the 1960s, said she stumbled into her field while studying for her drama elective as a school kid in Singapore.

Her acting teacher said that what she lacked in performance skills she had gained in drawing and sewing skills. She's been enjoying this aspect of the theater ever since. 

Having worked on last summer's Youth Theatre production of "Bye Bye Birdie," Pan describes the "James and the Giant Peach" costumes as "more make-believe and fantastical, and more fun to play with." 

Blending her research on the shapes and movements of bugs with her color studies, the character of Centipede is at once a colorful and boisterous leader. So Pan has crafted a military jacket-inspired ensemble in golden hues, with broad shoulders and a suit lined with tassels to represent the multitude of the insect's legs.

"In the musical, he has to be able to dance and move in full capacity, so I wanted the actor to think, 'How does this costume help me express that I have more than two legs?'" she said."

Article by The Berkshire Eagle
James and the Giant Peach by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Directed by Sarah Jane Schostack, Choreographed by Steven Dean Moore

 

"Johanna Pan's costume design puts shiny spats on Cladwell and dingy rags on the peasants that cleverly match the set's drab colors. Bobby (in too-short overalls) and Hope (in class-picture suspender skirt) are dressed like kids to spotlight their innocent optimism."

Review by Seven Days Vermont
Urinetown by Mark Hollman & Greg Kotis
Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier, Vermont
Directed by Sarah Jane Schostack, Choreographed by Steven Dean Moore

"Lindsay Fuori's set is suitably raw, appropriately lit by Thomas Gunn. Johanna Pan's costumes were particularly illustrative. What made this production work was how all the elements came together as a consistent whole, thanks to fine direction."

Review by Times Argus
Urinetown by Mark Hollman & Greg Kotis
Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier, Vermont
Directed by Sarah Jane Schostack, Choreographed by Steven Dean Moore

 

"Animal prints, glowing colors and gleaming accessories for the women comprise some of the perfect details of Johanna Pan’s resourceful costume design."

Review by Theatre Scene
Delta in the Sky with Diamonds or Maybe Not by June Daniel White
Theatre 54 @ Shetler, New York, New York
Directed by Michael Padden

 

"Costumes by Johanna Pan reminded me of wardrobe I admired in my mother’s 1930′s photo album.  I thoroughly enjoyed the specific attention-to-detail artistic choices of both scenery and wardrobe.  Molly’s costumes are especially “to die for.”  I would like to borrow her burgundy coat, please."

Review by 5 Minutes to Broadway
Fingers & Toes by Logan Medland
The Plaza Theatre, Manalapan, Florida,
Directed by Bob Moss, Choreographed by David Wanstreet