On Saturday October 19, the Theater Department had costume pieces available for purchase from 8 am until 3 pm.
Each show requires between 75-150 costumes, and over time, the collection became too large. “We’re busting at the seams,” Gina Love, Assistant Professor of Costume Design, says. “We hope to take the funds and use them to build upon the maintenance and care of the costumes, but we also want to get the word out there that we just need more space, especially with our recent acquisition of the Manti Pageant collection.”
The collection has been growing for over 40 years, when Kathleen Hansen, the Assistant Costume Studio Manager, started working here. It includes contemporary and period pieces, much of which they hope to be able to loan out to schools and communities. “Not everything is completely historical,” Hansen said, referencing some costumes in the studio for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. On the other hand, Pride and Prejudice is completely historical.”
“We probably sold maybe one sixteenth of what we have,” Love says about the sale. “We have a lot,” Hansen agreed. “It comes from many many years of making shows, costuming shows, and then storing them in an inadequate storage facility.”
Despite their currently abundant collection, the department would like for the community and students to be involved. “I think [students] should sign up for our costume construction class!” Love said. “We teach technical sewing and they’ll have a chance to help with the shows.”The theater department accepts students from any major, and the costume studio will soon be preparing for their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.