Survival Kit

I have found that all good stage managers have one thing in common…their1
I have been putting mine together for about 15 years now and this is what I have come up with.
It’s a pretty good idea to get a tackle box or a big bag to carry all of this around in, you will see the list is quite extensive. However, everyone is different and you might not want ANY of these items in your personal kit. These are just suggestions. Enjoy!

Office Supply Type Stuff
(aka YOUR Best Friend)

~~Please keep in mind that professional theatres will supply you with all these office supply and medicine type things. I spent a fortune in stuff when I was in college.~~

  • Mechanical Pencils
  • A big Eraser or two
  • Paper
  • 3 hole punch
  • Hole reinforcements
  • Highlighters
  • Stapler
  • Staple Puller
  • Paper clips
  • Pens
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Tacks
  • Post-it notes
  • A big black marker
  • Calendar

Medicine Type Stuff

  • Ibuprophen
  • Tylenol
  • Dramimine
  • COUGH DROPS!!
  • Rolaids
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Band Aids
  • An Ace Bandage
  • Gauze
  • Small Scissors
  • Handi-Wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Cotton Balls and Swabs
  • Travel size Rubbing Alcohol
  • Visine
  • Contact Soultion
  • Contact Case
  • Sunscreen

Stuff Actors NEED

  • Hair Ties
  • Bobby Pins
  • Saftey Pins
  • Shoe Laces
  • Brush
  • Lint Brush
  • Hair Spray
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Needle Threader 🙂
  • a few black Buttons
  • Earing backs
  • Eyeglass Repair Kit
  • Febreze
  • A Leatherman or Gerber, whichever you prefer

Stuff Actors WANT

  • GUM!!
  • Altoids (AKA Actors Pills!)
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Emery Board
  • Nail Clippers
  • Lotion
  • Toothpicks
  • …attention
  • — okay I am only being silly!

I really do believe you should have some of these items on hand. For one thing, actors and everyone else tend to think you are “the bees knees” if you can come up with an off the wall item they really need.

I started to take my kit seriously during a production of Julius Caesar when the Production Stage Manager came running up to me and told me one of the actors was feeling queasy and needed some dramimine. A hurried decision had been made to hold the house for a “few” minutes while someone ran the errand. Luckily, I had some in my kit and an annoying wait was sidestepped.

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