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St. Joseph students don Broadway costumes in musical

March 8, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Updated March 8, 2012 at 9:09 p.m.

Jillian Strauss as Sancho and Kyle Hartman as Don Quixote star in "Man Of La Mancha," a St. Joseph High School musical production showing at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Artsat 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The armor was used in recent  Broadway plays in New York, while other costumes were worn by Sam Neill, Henry Thomas (of E.T. fame), Mare Winningham, Carmen Ejogo and Diahann Carroll, to name a few.

The St. Joseph High School Theatre Department is bringing Broadway to Victoria.

The school will perform "Man of La Mancha" on Friday and Saturday, donning costumes that have been used in Broadway plays and Hollywood movies. The costumes, featuring armor and other 17th century apparel, come courtesy of Mike Boyd's connections.

Before he was a costume designer for major motion pictures, Boyd was the theater director at the high school. He now helps out with productions while his wife, Wanda Boyd, runs the department.

"They're wearing the stuff actors have worn in movies. The level of the costuming supersedes any high school in the state," he said. "It's worth the price of a ticket just to see the helmets."

Boyd said the actors in this year's musical match up to the professional level their costumes reach.

He said the students are exceptional and will bring an unprecedented show to Victoria.

"Visually, it's stunning," he said.



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