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Discover campus through Doors Open Queen's

Anne Redish, the Drama Department's theatre wardrobe coordinator and costume instructor, shows just a few of the costumes that will be on display during the Doors Open Queen's event next week.

The fourth annual Doors Open Queen’s returns next week with many exciting activities including a revealing look inside the Drama Department’s costume collection.

“We are opening our doors and offering hands-on activities so that the campus community can experience the colour and history of our garment collection,” says Anne Redish, the theatre wardrobe coordinator and costume instructor. “We also want participants to understand how rewarding and confidence-building it is to experiment with costuming and to develop a creation to be used onstage.”

There are 12 spaces available and registered participants will embark on a multi-faceted costuming adventure. They will tour storage spaces and dressing rooms, revealing costumes donated by Isabel Bader, original garments from before the First World War, and dinosaur and mammoth costumes. Participants will also get to climb the circular metal staircase leading up to Convocation Hall that is usually off-limits to the public.

Doors Open Queen’s is the signature event of the Campus Community Appeal, the annual fundraising initiative for staff, faculty and retirees.

“The costume collection tour is an excellent example of how Doors Open Queen’s allows the community to actively engage and observe the work that’s being done here at the university,” says Tim Fort, Department Head, Drama, and faculty co-chair. “Staff, faculty, retirees, students and members of the local community are all welcome to take part.”

This year’s Doors Open Queen’s features more than 25 sites including:

• New this year, a Doors Open lecture entitled “Egypt and Libya: Causes, Differences, and Consequences” by Louis Delvoie, who served 30 years in the Foreign Service
• Miller Mineral Museum – Join curator Mark Badham to view the beautiful collection of gems and rocks or dig for dinosaur bones in the fascinating new exhibit.
• Community Outreach Centre – A complimentary shuttle will take you to Lynda Colgan at West Campus. Learn how to help your child with math and nurture their self-confidence to help them to develop an ‘I can do it’ attitude.

See a full list of participating sites. Space is limited for many sites so it is recommended that participants register in advance for their selections. Admission to lunch hour sessions and evening plays are free, and all are welcome.

Tours occur during the lunch hours of March 28-April 1.

To donate to the Campus Community Appeal, visit this website.

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