As I watch my student directors do a fantastic job in their rehearsals, I notice that not all actors are as prepared as we might like. Here is a list of a few items actors should have with them at all times. Let’s see what we can add to it!
Script with your name on it so when it’s lying about backstage, we know to whom it belongs
- Another pencil because your first one needs sharpening
- Snack, preferably something healthy, not pretend food
- Contact sheet of everyone in your company, transferred to your cell phone’s contact list, so you txt ASAP
- Another pencil as your scene partner forgot hers
- Your character’s backstory written down, not just some ideas jumbled in your head
- The Magic If
- Band aids
- Money for coffee/tea or better yet, your own tea bags
- Rehearsal calendar with your scenes highlighted
- Notebook/pad to record your director’s notes
- Your plan for today’s rehearsal: what will you bring to your scene[s]?
- Inspirational/motivational quote to peruse when you have a tough day
- Anything your stage manager asks you for…ever…
- A different script you are reading to see if there’s a good monologue in there
- A new small hand prop to help you with some stage business
- Homework to complete when your scene is not being rehearsed
- Thank you notes almost completed from last show waiting to be delivered
- Pen [yet it is NEVER to be used in your script]
- Favorite Thespian Problem image
Oh, I know I have forgotten things. What should we add to our list? Leave us your spin by clicking on the little comment dohicky deal at the top.
Because we are an educational-type website, all comments must be approved, so be sure to mind your theatre etiquette.