Vancouver Opera costume store reorganized to make masks during COVID-19 pandemic

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VANCOUVER –
From elaborate headdresses to Creole skirts, the Vancouver Opera costume store is known for making a fancy dress or two.

But with large gatherings banned and shows canceled, the organization changed course.

Instead of sewing costumes, staff make fabric masks.

“Although our scenes are dark, that does not mean that we are dark. We can keep working and we can help in any way we can, “said Vancouver Opera Technical Director Autumn Coppaway.

“We have changed our focus from our normal production work to the creation of masks for those on the front line and still working. “

They are made of three layers of cotton and will be donated to frontline non-medical staff in the Downtown Eastside, starting with the Kettle Society.

Vancouver opera general manager Tom Wright said the goal is to make 1,000 cloth masks in the costume store, along with some donations.

“We will see how it goes and we will probably do another thousand afterwards. “

This week, the Vancouver Opera was scheduled to produce a production of “Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera”, based on Pink Floyd’s album “The Wall”.

The show was canceled six weeks ago when public health officials ordered large public rallies to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wright said the Vancouver Opera is anxious to get back on stage and at a time when it is sure to “kiss”, but by then the organization is looking to find ways to give back to the community in all security.

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