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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - Lau­ren Pi­lat

A GIRL’S dream of own­ing a tra­di­tional tutu can come true, with WA Bal­let in May­lands open­ing its wardrobe depart­ment and selling cos­tumes from past pro­duc­tions on Oc­to­ber 24 as part of the an­nual Garage Sale Trail.

One of an ex­pected 10,000 garage sales on of­fer dur­ing the fifth na­tional event, the WA Bal­let Grande Cos­tume Sale will in­clude the sale of en­tire cast cos­tumes from more than 30 shows, in­di­vid­ual cos­tumes, vintage cloth­ing, home wares and baked goods.

Wardrobe deputy head Kate Eb­sary said most of the sale items were from small shows such as Quarry or Ge­n­e­sis, with a hand­ful from more clas­si­cal shows like Giselle and Romeo and Juliet.

“There are also many one-off items that have been sep­a­rated from their shows through­out the years and will be sold in­di­vid­u­ally,” she said.

“We have a few cos­tumes that have been worn by Daryl Brand­wood and our com­pany's prin­ci­pal dancer, Jayne Smeul­ders.

“In their hay day a cos­tume can be worth quite a lot. A more tra­di­tional ro­man­tic tutu with a bodice, like a Giselle ‘Willi’, can cost around $2000 but over the years with age and a lot of stage wear the qual­ity can di­min­ish and there­fore lower the worth of the cos­tume.”

Eb­sary said the sale of an en­tire show’s cos­tumes would be dis­counted, with the rough price range for an in­di­vid­ual cos­tume $25 to $250 and a show from $100 to $2000.

“The money will go to­wards our build for our up­com­ing sea­son of The Nutcracker,” she said.

“To have the ex­tra funds to go to­wards cos­tumes means bet­ter qual­ity fab­rics, more mul­ti­ples of cos­tumes and ex­tra labour in the work­room.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis d444393

WA Bal­let dancers Ash­leigh Ben­nett and Polly Hil­ton.

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