Preview: The Clarice’s annual costume sale will leave students feeling like stars

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is lit up as dusk approaches.

If you’re a fan of theatre, you know that what actors wear on stage can often be as intoxicating as their performance. And this Friday and Saturday, as part of NextNOW Fest, interested patrons can bring some of those outfits home to their closets. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is pulling back the doors to their costume department, giving students a chance to take home something fun.

When going along with the NextNOW Fest themes of fashion and music, a costume sale makes sense. When Jen Daszczyszak, The Clarice’s costume shop manager, saw everyone preparing for the first NextNOW Fest a few years ago, she knew it would be the perfect opportunity to share their costumes.

“I suggested [the costume sale] when I came in and saw how much stuff there was in stock,” Daszczyszak said. “Since we have MFA graduate designers, they always are pushed to design something new and different and we end up with a lot of stuff that’s great, but we’re just never going to use it again.”

Even though you might be purchasing extravagant items, you won’t be spending luxury-level money.

Daszczyszak said items range from as low as $1 to up near $25, keeping them in a perfect range of affordability for college students — just show up with cash or a credit card.

Whether you are starting your Halloween preparations early, looking for the perfect outfit for your next theme party or wanting to really stand out as you walk around campus, The Clarice’s Costume Sale should have you covered. Head on over to the dance lobby in The Clarice on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. or Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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