By Brad York
March 23, 2020

Known for its commitment to community and active engagement efforts over the years, Arizona Broadway Theatre will launch a MASK RELIEF EFFORT to supply medical masks to healthcare workers during this much needed time.

The theatre has called upon all sewers and crafters within the community to assist and organize a volunteer effort to provide aid for the immediate need of face masks – both locally and nationally. Representatives from ABT have contacted a number of healthcare organizations directly in Washington, Colorado, New York and right here in Arizona to assess the need. The volunteer effort is being lead by ABT Costume Director & Resident Designer, Lottie Dixon. A number Costume Shop staff will also be volunteering their time and effort.

“We might not be able to produce theatre right now, but this we can do,” said Artistic Producer, Cassandra Klaphake. “During this dark time at the theatre we can bring some light – some help – to those on the front-line. ABT can help – and we will!”

1) Donate materials: the theatre is in need of ¼ inch, ⅛ inch or round elastic, and lightweight cotton or cotton/poly blend fabric. Materials can be dropped-off at ABT’s main entrance at: 7701 W Paradise Ln. in Peoria (place at the foot of front doors – staff will collect)

2) Sew from home:  the community is encouraged to use their own material where they can. Guidelines for sanctioned fabrics and construction can be found at: https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a…/Documents-Mask/Mask,  or by watching the instruction video found here: https://youtu.be/9tBg0Os5FWQ

3) Assemble Kits (to be sewn by others): the theatre is putting together individual mask assembly kits. For information on getting an assembly kit, contact lottie@azbroadway.org to arrange pick-up of supplies and instructions

All assembled masks and kits can be returned directly to Arizona Broadway Theatre for distribution. Again, please contact lottie@azbroadway.org for times and availability.

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