SUV stolen with dozens of theater costumes inside

SUV stolen with dozens of theater costumes inside

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center puts on elaborate productions to entertain the theater lovers of Louisville. Part of their production value is their one of a kind custom costumes which have been collected throughout decades. 

"Costumes have always been important to me and when I came our stock was really nothing. It's taken me 17 years to build it into something that is not only helpful to our theater, but our community. We loan to high schools, to other community theater," Artistic Director John Leffert said. 

In fact, over the weekend Leffert had loaded up his Kia SUV with costumes to take to a New Albany Theater group for their production of "Hairspray." 

But when he woke up Monday morning his SUV was stolen. 

"And all the costumes I had put in there were gone," Leffert said. "It's really disbelief, it's like this can't be happening."

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The pieces were decade costumes from the 1950s and 60s. Attire that brings "Hairspray" characters to life as they sing "Good Morning Baltimore." Pieces that were special to Lefferts collection. 

"You're not going to see clothes like this. There's something special about them," Leffert said. 

It's why Leffert is asking everyone to be on the lookout for his SUV, and for the costumes - bright 1950s and 1960s clothing - at vintage stores, pawn shops and Goodwill.

"They don't make clothes like they used to, you hear that some, that is true. You're going to see these pieces and you won't have seen anything like it before," Leffert said. "It's a little disheartening to have to think of starting over and replacing some of these pieces we've worked so hard to build."

You can keep updated on the progress of the costume search on the CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center Facebook Page

St. Matthew Police said the SUV was stolen from Leffert's driveway. Police are continuing to investigate the case. 

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