Murray Bridge Players and Singers’ costume team celebrates 20 years

Originals: Ruth Schrapel, Pam Burgess, Di Walton, Jan Sayer and Ann Marie Garrett have spent 20 years in Murray Bridge Players and Singers' various costume sheds. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Originals: Ruth Schrapel, Pam Burgess, Di Walton, Jan Sayer and Ann Marie Garrett have spent 20 years in Murray Bridge Players and Singers' various costume sheds. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Murray Bridge Players and Singers’ costume team is proudly celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Originally called the costume committee, it was established in 1998 by MBPS president Terry Hoare.

Before that time, several hard-working individuals took care of the costuming for the company.

Terry recognised that the costuming duties were rapidly growing and he saw the need to create a team to share all the costuming responsibilities.

The original team consisted of six members: Lyn West and Di Walton as the costume coordinators plus Pam Burgess, Ann Marie Garrett, Pauline Read, Adrienne Coulter, Ruth Schrapel and Jan Sayer.

Di, Pam, Ann Marie, Jan and Ruth remain a part of the costume team 20 years later.

The main focus for the costume team has always been the costuming of all the MBPS productions, including musicals, plays, pantomimes and concerts.

The team also hires costumes from their very extensive range to the public and to other production companies and schools from around the state.

The company’s first property, bought to store their costumes and sets, was a small building on Wyreema Street.

A property with two sheds on Hawke Road was then purchased and was to be the group’s base for 18 years.

In 2010 the company moved into their new premises at Short Street.

The costume collection has grown enormously and is greatly admired by many other production companies.

We now have four costume coordinator roles to manage all the costuming responsibilities and oversee the teams.

Many new members have joined over the years and are very important parts of the costume team.

There are teams for costuming our productions, plus teams that help with hiring to the public and costuming the large groups.

With many rooms that need regular cleaning, volunteers on the costume team cleaning roster help to keep all the areas spic and span.

Regular working bees are held for cleaning, sorting and rearranging the huge collection of costumes.

There are many sewing tasks with mending, making new costumes and revamping old ones.

Not all costume team members are sewers.

There are many tasks that involve hunting and gathering when looking for costumes.

Throughout the years, the public have often been in awe of the amazing costuming for each of our productions that are usually performed in the Murray Bridge Town Hall.

It is a credit to all those involved for their creativity, hard work and enthusiasm.

Production companies and schools from as far afield as the West Coast are thrilled to drive away with car loads full of costumes for their productions.

New members are very welcome to join our team.

With a vast array of roles and tasks, volunteers can choose what they would like to be involved with and how much time they can commit.

The rewards of being involved are great and many long lasting friendships have been made.

A heartfelt congratulations to all those who have been involved in the costume team throughout the past 20 years.

Thank you for your hard work, commitment and friendship.

We have so many amazing memories to treasure and share.

  • Join the team: Phone Di Walton on 0438 956 422 or Esther Marshall on 0448 668 997.