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…And you want to dress up like what?

Modified: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013


Photo/Pat Mitchell. From high atop a ladder, racks of costumes and rows of hats testify to the extensive collection belonging to the WHS theater department and Platte County Players. WHS theater director/PCP president Merlin Hitt holds one of the ‘50s dresses that was donated.


WHEATLAND – Locked away on the stage of the old junior high is an extensive collection few have any knowledge exists. Unless you’re a theater buff or like costume parties, there has been no need of what is there—approximately 2,000 costume items including red sequin shoes for “The Wizard of Oz,” hats of every conceivable kind, chain mail from “Murder in the Cathedral,” mink stoles to a pinstripe suit that would do Bugsy Segal proud and every clothing and costume item in between.

Since the 1970s, when the late Sandy Kendig (graduated cum laud from Pasadena Playhouse) came to Wheatland and helped establish the Platte County Players (PCP), this group has been acquiring costumes. The collection became so extensive that there was no place to adequately house them so they were kept in boxes above Eric Alden’s office. There were quite a few in a tiny room backstage but were almost impossible to get to. Those belonged to the Wheatland High School theater department.



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