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Photo: Derryn Toomey from Musical Theatre NZ goes through the contents of the crates with Variety Theatre Ashburton wardrobe manager Jo Hooper.

Four large crates containing around 1000 costume items have been delivered to Variety Theatre Ashburton ahead of next month’s production of Mamma Mia.

The crates arrived from Auckland on Sunday morning and were accompanied by Musical Theatre NZ Consortium costume manager Derryn Toomey, who formally handed them over.

Mrs Toomey said there were strict rules around what had to be worn and when during the show and all items had to be checked in and out.

The Ashburton show was the 19th to be performed with the costumes over the last four and a half years and she had seen all of the previous 18 shows.

She would return to Ashburton on the closing night to see the show here.

Mrs Tomey said a number of items had been replaced over the years and although items were allowed to be “tweaked to fit”, they were not allowed to be cut.

The four large crates contain everything from lyrca, fluro gear and sequeninned dresses through to platform heels and “regular clothing”.

Another crate of props, mostly hats, also arrived on Sunday.

On May 5 another large container will arrive in Ashburton with the show’s set.

The special gala opening night of Mamma Mia is set for May 18.