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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 13, 2018
Costume shop in midst of renovation
Reach Performing Arts Center undergoes updates

Costumes, costumes everywhere

The costumes usually housed in the Reach Performing Arts Center costume shop are strewn about the auditorium during renovation.

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by Monique Labbe

The costume shop at the Reach Performing Arts Center is undergoing renovations.

According to Deer Isle-Stonington High School Theater Program Director John Lincoln, the need for the renovations came after a visit from the fire marshal last year, who reported that the shop was not up to code.

“The collection had been started shortly after the place was built, it had never been pinged before, but we needed to make it an actual room, rather than something open to the theater,” said Lincoln.

To rectify the issue, the half wall at the upstage end of the auditorium is being turned into a full wall; a drop ceiling is being put in; the costume racks all need to be cut and re-welded to accommodate proper head room between storage and the ceiling; fire doors are being put in; the ladder is moving from one side of the stage to the other to make for a second exit point from the space; sprinklers are being run, and lighting is being moved around and installed.

The cost for the project has been estimated at $26,000, according to Lincoln. That is “entirely on the theater,” and not from the school budget.

“Our efforts year after year in fundraising through our annual appeal and various events throughout the season allow us to be in a position to pay for something like this,” he said.

The costume shop is not only used for school and local productions, but also for sharing purposes with George Stevens Academy, storing costumes for Opera House Arts, providing formal wear for prom and graduation, providing outfits for special dress up days at the school, and other things within the community at large.

“It is not only something that benefits our school community, but is a point of access for the community,” said Lincoln.