Theatre UCF will hold its annual Halloween Costume Sale on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in room 218D (Key West) of the Student Union on the university campus.
Featuring one-of-a-kind costumes, the sale has become popular with people seeking unique costumes for the holiday. Full costumes can be purchased or buyers can creatively build an original concept from the many pieces. The costumes come from a range of productions including the 1950s-themed The Pajama Game, the 1970s-themed Deathtrap, and the No Sex Please, We’re British, as well as a dance concert and an array of productions placed in more recent time periods.
This year, the Theatre UCF costume shop has been busy “zombifying” clothes in preparation for the sale. A popular item among the students working in the costume shop is the selection of “zombified” bridesmaid dresses.
In addition to the zombie costumes, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., members of the Advanced Theatre Makeup class will demonstrate how to apply zombie makeup and prosthetics. The makeup lessons are free and the students will be seeking volunteers for the makeup applications.
Dan Jones, costume shop manager for Theatre UCF, explained why zombies have infested the costume sale this year. “Zombies are a fun, hot thing, especially around this time of year. Plus it will help build the excitement for our upcoming production of Zombie Town, which is a new script and deserves as much excitement as possible,” he said.
Zombie Town: A Documentary Play is a comedy written by Tim Bauer and will run at Theatre UCF starting Nov. 15. “To complete the cycle,” says Jones, “the zombie costumes used in this production will most likely be sold at next year’s sale.”
The Halloween sale is a benefit for the theatre department. The proceeds from the sale go back to the costume shop and augment costume budgets for future productions, particularly those with student designers like the dance concert or graduate thesis productions.
The costume sale is open to the public. Most items are priced at less than $10. Cash is preferred, but checks also will be accepted. Credit cards cannot be used. For directions to the Student Union, visit http://ucfsu.com/directions/. Regular UCF parking policies will be in effect, so shoppers will need to have a permit to park.
Theatre UCF is a program in the School of Performing Arts at the University of Central Florida. The department’s graduate and undergraduate programs focus on providing a competitive edge to theatre artists seeking professional theatre careers, as well as to future creative intellectual leaders. The program offers theatrical presentations year-round to the public at the east Orlando campus. For more information about attending performances call 407-823-1500 or visit www.theatre.ucf.edu.