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Costume designers experiencing a decline in business during the holiday season

Most people working in the theatre arts field, from the ticket office to behind the curtain, are seeing a decline in business.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Rainbo Klein is from the Coastal Bend. She makes custom costumes for clients all over Texas.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Rainbo said she was busy all of the time designing costumes for theatre plays, Halloween, even Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter plays.

"In the early days, I had a lot of business," said Klein.

But since COVID-19, Rainbo's costume business ran at an all-time low.

She isn't alone. Anyone working in the theatre arts field, from the ticket office to behind the curtain, are seeing a decline.

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"Stage managers, production team members, choreographers, voice and music directors, all of these people have been incredibly affected," said Amy Goldson of the Harbor Playhouse.

For Rainbo, comparing last year to this year is like day and night for her business.

"This year I only took one call; I don't think people are thinking people are thinking about costumes, quite frankly and they haven't been for a while," she added.

They said the way to keep local theatre arts alive is to support in any way you can by attending shows, or in Rainbo's case, check out her custom made costumes. 

For the latest updates on coronavirus in the Coastal Bend, click here.

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