CNY Costumes - Testimonials
"CNY Costumes provides a complete costume solution for your production. Debra Ritchey and her team take all the guess work out of a musical by designing, creating, and fitting top of the line costumes for each and every cast member. No other company can compare to the quality and service you receive from CNY Costumes, Inc."
-- Eric Feola, Producer/ Town of Manlius summer Theater /Manlius, NY
"In my twenty years of producing and artistically directing high school and community theatre I have never worked with such a professional costumer as I have with CNY Costumes. Our production of Jekyll and Hyde was short of Broadway status by all regards but WAS Broadway quality and appearance in regard to costumes. The costumes of our production of Into the Woods were superior! Each student was individually handled and the picture that was presented was Fairy Tale Extraordinaire."
-- David M. Brown, Producing Director/Fayetteville-Manlius High School
"As director of both Syracuse Children's Theatre and Syracuse Civic Theatre, I have been extremely happy every time that we have rented a show or had a show built by Debbie Ritchey (CNY Costumes).
The quality and service are amazing and the audience always comments about
how beautiful the costumes look on the actors.
Thanks for helping us out all these years!!!”
-- Todd Ellis, Executive Director/ SCT
“CNY Costumes has been very professional to work with. The costumes supplied through rentals are always perfect for stage shows and musicals. Each costume matches the characters in each play correctly. The quality of the costumes has been superb as well. We have been extremely satisfied with CNY Costumes and will continue to go to them in the coming years.”
-- Tom Nami, Music Director/ G. Ray Bodley High School Fulton, NY
"I have worked with CNY Costumes on many musical theatre productions, both at Fayetteville-Manlius and for the Town of Manlius. Debra and her crew have provided us with costumes that rival those used on Broadway and in touring productions. The staff is friendly and cooperative, and they always meet our needs. Work with them once and
you will return again and again.”
-- Ron Hebert, producer and director-Fayetteville-Manlius High School Musical Theatre (retired) and Director-Town of Manlius summer musicals.
"CNY Costumes always look great and enhance a production. I've used CNY for over a dozen shows I've directed and I'm always impressed by the way the costumes fit and by the care Debbie Ritchey puts into making sure the customer is satisfied.”
-- Shawn Hebert/Music Director East Syracuse-Minoa HS, East Syracuse, NY
"Debra, we have been rehearsing with your costumes, and I just wanted you to know how pleased I am with all that you sent us. The quality of the costumes is wonderful, and it certainly adds so much to the production. Many many thanks. I won't hesitate to use you in the future and to recommend you."
-- Ginger Guma, Director, Isidore Newman School New Orleans LA.
"Deb, I just wanted to thank you so very much for the amazing costumes. They really helped bring our show to life! I am looking forward to working with you again next year.”
-- Kristie Fuller Theatre Teacher/ Theatre Manager, Indian River Theatre for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, NY
"It is always a pleasure working with you. Your script research and attention to detail is evident in the vibrant costumes you created for Seussical Jr. The costumes clearly matched our vision for Seussical. The artistic, creative interpretation of the animals and Whoville made the right characters pop! The coordination amongst groups of characters enhanced the audience's ability to understand the show. Your work is amazing, outstanding, and phenomenal!”
-- Aimee deBerjeois Director- Pine Grove Middle School/East Syracuse, NY
"Thank you! Thank you! Costumes were perfect! No question, they kicked the kids' performances up a notch. From the second they put them on, they became the characters!!
Reserve us now for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. next year!! I'll get you the dates before the end of the school year. I have recommended you to everyone I talk to. The parents can't stop raving about your costumes. I can't stop complementing your service and professionalism.”
-- Susan Van Buskirk Director St. Anthonys School Hawthorne NJ
"Amazing, your costumes truly created a new dynamic that was utterly magical. You should have heard the comments from every soul that was touched by our show they all LOVED the costumes.”
-- Jeff Beckley, Director \Brookside Elementary, Norwalk CT.
"On behalf of Spotliters inc. I want to thank you for working with our group and providing such amazing and affordable costumes! Our play, "Postmortem" was a hit with our audiences, and we received a TON of positive comments on the costumes: they really made the show! The purses and the hats were the icing on the cake.”
-- Amy Schaff Kueny, Secretary, Spotliters Inc. Turnersville, NJ
"I have worked with costume rental companies all over the country for many years and NEVER have I found the quality of work, service, care and true professionalism any better than at CNY Costumes. The costumes for our production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. were immaculate. I eagerly look forward to working on more shows with CNY. But it's more than their professional craft that sets them apart. It's the care they take with what they do. It's knowing that they are just as passionate about your show as you are. CNY Costumes will forever be the standard by which I measure any other experience with a costumer. They are simply the best."
-- Jason Summers Artistic Director, Westchester Sand Box Theater, Mamaroneck, NY
WOW is all I have to say....fabulous costumes, great work, they all fit!!!!
I am sooooo happy, the kids love them and I will be sure to take tons of photos
-- Lynn Lewis Artistic director, Presidio Middle School, San Francisco CA.
"Debra was absolutely wonderful to work with, I wouldn't want to work with anyone else. Thank you CNY costumes but more importantly thank you Debra for making this a successful performance and an easy decision about what costume company I will go to first!
Year after year, our production returns to CNY costumes because of the ease, prices, and beautiful quality. Everyone is always so impressed with our show and we owe a major credit to CNY costumes. When the students put on the costumes, they literally are transformed. It is a magical piece of the theatre and CNY helps us achieve that. Not to mention that Debra is a wonderful customer service rep who is patient, understanding, and very helpful. We wouldn’t think of going anywhere else for our costume needs!"
-- Lauren Zecca/Catherine Browne
PS102Q/Bayview players Queens NY
Our closing night of Avenue Q was fantastic. This was our best production yet, due in no small part to you! Thank you so much for being so easy to work with, providing high quality fuzzy cast mates, and being so supportive of our production.”
-- Travis Coles (General Manager) Club One Savannah GA.
"Thank you so very much for the outstanding costumes. I have rented from various costume companies in the past, and you exceed them all in not only quality and condition of articles, but in the careful labeling and packing. Thank you, sincerely”
-- Veronica Murray Costumer Niagara Falls High School, Niagara Falls NY
"I'm still a little shell shocked and blown away by the job you and your company did with providing our theater's costumes for White Christmas. Every single detail was accounted for, all were organized beautifully, labeled and nearly actor proof!The costume plot attached was a huge help and the clothes themselves were high quality, well made and well styled.”
-- Carrie Leigh/Costumer/ Amarillo Little Theatre
"In all my years I have never been more pleased, happier, excited, than the day I first made that telephone call to CNY costumes with my Legally Blonde inquiry.....
your costumes have done nothing less than exceed every expectation I have had and you never cease to amaze me and yet never let me down. There isn't a moment from the time the boxes arrive that I do not await with anticipation ( like a child on Christmas)
The look of Joseph was solely in your hands and what you have delivered is nothing short than a Las Vegas BROADWAY production. I couldn't be more pleased with everything. Your attention to details, your scenic groupings all create the picture/mood/ concept I had envisioned from the beginning for this production.”
-- Ed Meszaros /Theater and Artistic Director/ American Heritage School Boca Delray FL.
'Wit's End Players returns with a powerful production of 'Les Miserables'
Perhaps most important of all, the costumes, provided by CNY Costumes, are colorful, detailed and realistic. They provide rich variety, sharpen character and intensify our focus on dramatic interaction actions.
-- Neil Novelli/Contributing writer
The Syracuse Post Standard
Lion King Jr
"I want to Thank you for being such a wonderful company to work with. The costumes were amazing. You and your staff really have outdone yourselves in the building of this play. Everyone who came to see our three shows couldn't believe the quality of your costumes and they were in awe of our show! You and your staff are so organized and it made my job so easy by having all the kids names in each costume. We will continue to promote your company and look forward in working with you in the future.”
-- Lisa Alexander Director St. Bridget's School Manchester CT.
Beauty and the Beast
"We rented the enchanted costumes for our production of The Beauty and The Beast. The costumes were beautiful! And the instructions sent with them were very clear. They arrived with our actor’s names already in them, and all well-organized. They were packaged in a large shipping crate that was very easy to disassemble for storage. The customer service has been AMAZING. They have been so helpful and nice and have gone above and beyond in helping to make sure our show goes well. We can’t wait to work with this company again in the future.”
-- Melissa Spears
House Operations Manager, The Sooner Theatre of Norman, In. Norman OK.