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Wardrobe designer makes creative masks from Pasco Co. home after pandemic shuts down musicals

Posted at 3:47 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:28:26-04

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A lot of musicals and plays, nationwide, are not expected to return to the stage until 2021 due to the pandemic. For one wardrobe supervisor that meant returning home to Pasco County.

Sarah Lord gets nostalgic, showing off all the wardrobes from the latest musical she was touring with, a parody of The Office.

“So when you go see a show and somebody walks off stage and like 30 seconds comes back on in a new costume, I’m the one that does that quick change,” said Lord.

However, the quick changes quickly came to an end. The entire cast was sent home for the rest of 2020 due to the pandemic.

“I was supposed to be on tour a good chunk of the year and then have more jobs after that,” said Lord.
Back home in Hudson Lord found herself with nothing but time, talent and fabric. The decision was pretty easy, she was going to start making masks.

“It gives me a chance to create and design and work with fabric because that’s what I would normally be doing,” said Lord.

Lord likes to think her masks are more durable than most.

“I repair costumes a lot, we have to make things last, so I feel my stitching style and the way I reinforce things comes from the way I do it with theater,” said Lord.

One of her specialties has been adding a zipper.

“It’s just really easy because you can just unzip it, you can sip through your straw, and that way you don’t have to worry about taking it on and off,” said Lord.

She said mask making has been therapeutic, but it will never replace the bright lights of the big stage.

“It’s scary to think about something else because I went to school for theater its all I’ve ever done,” said Lord.

For more information on her masks, email