The Twin City Players Shifts Gears To Make Face Masks

The Twin City Players Shifts Gears

To Make 1,400 Face Masks for Area Agency On Aging


Despite having to cancel its final two productions this season due to COVID-19, the Twin City Players is still busy answering a call for needed face masks at the Area Agency on Aging.


With the 4/23 Emergency Order by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (that everyone wear masks when going to public places) the Area Agency on Aging’s Christine Vanlandingham recognized that many seniors were unable to purchase masks or lacked the ability to make their own. Christine asked the Berrien Community Foundation if they could help obtain 1,400 masks to serve her clientele and other seniors. Upon receiving the call for assistance, BCF’s President, Lisa Cripps-Downey, contacted the Twin City Players to find out if their costuming department would be able to head up the project with BCF and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation offering a grant for supplies.


Julie Smiy, a lead costumer at TCP, immediately agreed to take on the project. Julie quickly put together a team of 14 volunteers, all eager to take on the task to help seniors. On-hand supplies were quickly distributed to the volunteers so they could began working their magic on masks. Additional supplies have been ordered so the task can be completed as soon as possible. More than 150 masks have already been completed and volunteers will continue cutting and sewing until all 1,400 are supplied to the Area Agency on Aging.


Anyone interested in helping with the project can contact Julie Smiy at Volunteer mask makers are: Julie Smiy, Maureen Bradford, Carol Lindenberg, Sarah Simmons, Barbara Stepka, Nicole Buckhanan, Abigail Buckhanan, Teresa Polasek, Barbara Klein, Bill Klein, Casandra Hora, Nicole Chartrand, Jaden Wurn, and Carly Lentz. Jaden Wurn's younger brother is also helping. 


About Twin City Players
Formed in 1932, Twin City Players is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that strives to engage the community in quality theatre that changes lives and to be recognized for organizational excellence producing quality performances in southwest Michigan. The TCP Playhouse is located at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, MI. For more information about TCP, call 269-429-0400 or visit us at

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