This week, Arts and Education Council grantee STAGES St. Louis launched The STAGES Collection, consisting of hand­made, one-of-a-kind items designed and built by STAGES artists. This collection was launched in response to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic – the collection keeps STAGES artists employed while giving the St. Louis community a way to bring STAGES-quality items into their homes.

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, STAGES Resident Costume Designer Brad Musgrove and other STAGES team members got to work creating masks from costume remnants when masks were not readily available elsewhere. During that time, STAGES made over 400 masks. The STAGES Collection builds on the same spirit of creativity to keep artists working while meeting the community’s needs for safety and fun.

"In a time of greatly challenged fundraising, STAGES has gone back to its core mission of telling stories and bonding people through the arts," said Jack Lane, STAGES' Executive Producer. "Each of these designs in The STAGES Collection were carefully created and crafted with a sense of fun, fantasy, friends and family. It is our hope that the stories of The STAGES Collection create both happiness and new stories for its owners."

The Collection consists of three lines: "Fun", "Festive" and "Fabulous". The "Fun" line consists of delightful outdoor games like giant Jenga, cornhole and yard dice, all created by STAGES Technical Director Josh Aune and Artistic Coordinator Alicia Scott­Aune.

"Festive" includes charming hand-painted, seasonal decorations like rustic pumpkins, holiday welcome signs and snowman and scarecrow door hangers, along with gorgeous, one-of-a-kind tree skirts and stockings designed by STAGES Resident Costume Designer Brad Musgrove.

The "Fabulous" line features stunning items to elevate hearts and homes like artisan wooden cutting boards, hand-beaded jewelry, and elegant lampshades made from luxurious fabrics used in previous STAGES productions.

STAGES will continue to create some of the items based on demand. However, other items in the collection such as the tree skirts and lampshades will be one of a kind. Made from costume fabric and materials once these priceless items are gone, they’re gone forever!

In addition to The STAGES Collection, STAGES Performing Arts Academy continues to provide innovative and multi­disciplinary programs for children and adults. Classes are taking place in person with practices in place to keep students and STAGES faculty and staff safe, but all classes for the fall and spring are designed to be presented in a virtual format, should the need present itself.

On the horizon for STAGES St. Louis in 2021 is the grand opening of the new Kirkwood Performing Arts Center. STAGES’ 35th year of producing Broadway-quality theatre will take place in the 40,000 square foot facility consisting of The Ross Family Theatre mainstage, a flexible Second Stage, and state-of-the-art public and technical spaces.

Until then, you can shop the STAGES Collection at StagesStlouis.org/shop or by calling 314.604.6127 Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4.p.m. You can pick up your purchases at The Kent Center for Theatre Arts in Chesterfield. All proceeds benefit STAGES' artistic and educational programs. For more information or to register for fall classes at the STAGES Performing Arts Academy please visit StagesStLouis.org or call 636.449.5775.

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