I have found that all good stage managers have one thing in common...their

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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