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American Shakespeare Center Kicks Off Costume Shop Fundraiser

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You can help dress the actors at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton. The center is kicking off a fundraising campaign for its costume shop - with a promise to match money donated over the next few days.

An anonymous supporter - who is also a costume designer in Virginia - has agreed to match the first $600 in donations to this campaign.

A three-woman team works in the American Shakespeare Center's costume shop below the Blackfriars Playhouse stage. They stitch and sew together 600 - 800 costumes each year.

The shop only has one sewing machine in the basement work room, so most of the costumes are made by hand. The donations to the costume shop campaign will help the team buy materials and machinery to make outfits for the actors.

"If we could get one more sewing machine, some more scissors, another iron - just really basic tools outside of our regular monthly budget - it would be wonderful," said Erin West, manager of the costume shop.

The team will design and create costumes for eight productions from now until September.  Those include costumes for the Staunton Theatre and the touring troupe.

Donations to purchase equipment will allow more volunteers and interns to help the costume shop team.

To donate to the costume shop campaign, click here.

The deadline for the matching money is June 18 - the same day Blackfriars Playhouse kicks off its summer season.

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