Meet Erin, Mika, and Jenny, the ladies in charge of our Costume Shop. These busy ladies design and build every costume for all our shows every year. That’s 600-800 costumes made by hand, usually from scratch. That’s a lot of stitching! Plus, they do it under very tight schedules.
These miracles aren’t easy to come by; Erin, Mika, and Jenny often work themselves threadbare.
Time and again the Costume Shop receives offers to help, but Erin tells us,
“Sometimes we have to turn away volunteers because we don’t have enough tools for them to use. We really need donations so we can buy the right machinery and materials to put in everyone’s hands.”
We don’t want to turn folks away!
A generous patron has offered us a challenge – she will match the first $600 we raise in the next two weeks. That’s two more days than it takes to put together Romeo and Juliet – but we can do it!
With your support of $20, $30, $50 or more, Erin and her team can purchase what they need to create the looks you love – and have the tools our volunteers need to get it all done faster.
Checks can be mailed to our office:
American Shakespeare Center
20 South New Street, 4th Floor
Staunton, VA 24401
We hope to see you at the Blackfriars Playhouse again soon!
To discuss donations to American Shakespeare Center, please contact Heidi Findlay, Manager of Development Operations, at (540) 885-5588, ext 16, or Heidi@AmericanShakespeareCenter.com.
Photo Credits: Rick Blunt as Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost. Photo by Lauren D. Rogers. Mika Nesbit and Erin M. West work on costumes for Return to the Forbidden Planet. Photo by Heidi Findlay.