WANT TO GO?
"Beauty and the Beast," presented by Charleston Catholic High School Drama Club
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE: Charleston Catholic commons, corner of Virginia East and Dunbar Streets
TICKETS: Adults $6, students $4INFO: Call 304-342-8415
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you've struggled to get outfitted for Halloween festivities, consider this, Kit Reed has created thousands of costumes in the past decade.
Reed gestures to the double rows of colorful costumes that surround her at the Children's Theatre of Charleston workshop and says with a broad smile, "This is my idea of heaven."
Reed is in her ninth season as costumer for Children's Theatre of Charleston and has been the costumer for numerous other plays in the area, including Albans Arts Center and Charleston Stage Company productions. Reed has also served as president of the Children's Theatre and on their Board of Directors.
She said that every Children's Theatre production has a cast of about 50 to 75 characters and usually at least one costume change is required per actor. This quickly adds up to thousands of outfits.
Costuming is just a hobby for the hard-working Reed. She works full-time in the Infection Prevention Department at Charleston Area Medical Center and has since 1986. She is certified in infection control and completed her Masters degree in Public Health in 2000.
Reed is also active in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, both locally and nationally, and has served in numerous leadership roles.
You might ask, why does this busy woman add volunteer costuming duties to her already full life?
"I enjoy it. The inner joy I get from watching the kids grow up. They get involved, gain confidence and then blossom. They grow into these beautiful human beings. It's just really rewarding," Reed said.
She began volunteering at Children's Theatre when her son, Ethan, a junior at Capitol High School, became active in the group. She had no prior experience in the craft and learned through doing.