Annie Pursley, left, and Linda Clements break from their sewing machines to discuss detail on one of the many Lion King costume creations. (Johnson Publications photo)
JoAnn Gibson came from South Dakota to contribute her sewing talents in support of her daughter, Jill Bauerle. (Johnson Publications photo)
Community volunteers offer school musical support
Collaboration kicked off planning for this year’s school musical when the music and drama departments joined efforts.
Community involvement kicked in when six seamstresses gathered to research, plan, design, modify and create costumes for The Lion King production. At least 25 more gathered materials, measured characters, created, organized and donated.
They’re going for Broadway-style costuming and the audience shouldn’t expect to see cute furry animal costumes.
“It definitely takes a village,” said Co-Director Jill Bauerle, “and I am grateful for every single person who has contributed in any way.” She continues to be amazed at the incredibly talented and generous community.
Merril Humphreys created two giant elephant tusks for the elephant graveyard which Bauerle described as “awesome.”
She started naming others and assured more will be acknowledged and listed at the event.
It’s safe to estimate more than 300 hours of volunteer help has been invested and it’s still a work in progress, she added. Anyone wishing to help out is encouraged to contact Bauerle or Co-Director Randy Hayes. There’s plenty more to do, she said.
They’re redefining “refurbish” and have utilized the Imperial Community Players’ costume supply and clothing from Imperial Community Center. Once again, the audience could well recognize clothing they’ve donated in years past, she said.
Times for the Sunday and Monday performances April 30 and May 1 will be confirmed and announced soon as well as ticket availability. Another support would be to attend the production to appreciate all the efforts of the students and volunteers.