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Garage sale, donations go to recouping ruined costumes, props

Cary Ashby • Aug 31, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Curtain Call Children’s Theatre is hoping to recoup the massive loss of costumes and props from mold with a garage sale Saturday.

The garage sale starts at 9 a.m. at 14 Republic St., which is down the road from the Ernsthausen Community Center. Being offered are furniture, books, clothes (from birth through adults) and beds.

Jill Wheeler, who runs Curtain Call, lost a significant amount of her children’s costumes and props when she discovered widespread mold in a business storage unit.

“It was (worth) $20,000 easy. That’s on the low end,” said Wheeler, who was forced to throw away 32 garbage bags full of costumes. “We hope the garage sale will bring in a lot of money.”

One-hundred percent of the donations and money from the garage sale will help Wheeler recoup the items she lost. For more information, to make donations or if you’re interested in making or rebuilding costumes, call Jill Wheeler at 419-541-1713 or email her at [email protected]

“The GoFundMe is still open,” Wheeler said. “We only have $350 in there. Our goal was $7,500, so we are very far away.”

The “Curtain Call Productions” GoFundMe page is https://gofundme.com/curtain-call-productions.

The mold ruined many of the cardboard and canvas props. Previously, Wheeler had eight racks full of costumes.

“What I was able to save was one tight rack of costumes,” said Wheeler, who lost about 75 percent of her stock. “The mold worked halfway up the canvas props. … It crawled up the dresses and spread everywhere; it was horrible. 

“Insurance won’t cover it because it’s mold. Insurance doesn’t cover mold.”

The next 14-week theater program starts Sept. 10, 11 and 12, depending on when children signed up. Curtain Call is seeking more children, both boys and girls, ages 6 to 18. To sign up for the early December production of “A Pirate Adventure,” go to the “online sign-up form” at www.ccptheatre.com.

“A Pirate Adventure” is an original musical written by Wheeler that includes 25 to 30 songs.

Luckily, the mold attack didn’t reach many of the pirate costumes since they were in storage bins.

“I was able to save about three-quarters of my pirate costumes. The mold had not made it up that far,” Wheeler said.

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