NAMT member Music Theatre Wichita is offering tours of its extensive set and costume collection to the public for a chance to explore some musical theatre history and fantasy.
Visitors will get a rare chance to see the fascinatingly random organized chaos of the storage facility at 1012 N. Washington, which houses thousands and thousands of costumes, props and set pieces that MTW uses, reuses and rents to theater groups across the country.
“We thought this was something people would kind of get a kick out of seeing,” said Wayne Bryan, MTW’s producing artistic director.
The warehouse is a collector’s dream. A Goodwill meets DAV meets flea market. If you can imagine an item, it’s likely somewhere in that two-story warehouse – labeled, inventoried and inspected by Mary Sue Dymak, the rentals and inventory director who’s reigned over MTW’s properties for 40 years….
“We wanted to do something that showed the behind-the-scenes part of things,” said Angela Cassette, MTW’s development director. “We thought it would be great if people could jet over and see something they don’t normally get a chance to see.”