My ballet studio put on a performance of Alice in Wonderland this year, and I was the owl. (You won't find him in the book; my teacher saw the part in a movie of Wonderland and put it in.) The plot of the ballet was a cross between Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass (both by Lewis Carrol), and some allegory. As the wise old owl who helps Alice overcome the Jabberwock, I was kind of a cross between Gandalf and God. :) We bought the leotard, my mom sewed the wings and the skirt, and then I painted the entire ensemble with acrylics and did my own face paint. (People thought it was funny that I was using a bird book as a makeup guide...) All markings are based off of the great horned owl.