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« on: Jan 09, 2005, 05:31 pm »
I am in the process of assembling my kit.  I have a list of the basics, but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for items that have been especially useful to them in the past.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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-Katie Paige

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 09, 2005, 11:11 pm »
post-it notes and a variety of pain medication - 2 things I use every rehearsal

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 10, 2005, 10:54 am »
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post-it notes and a variety of pain medication - 2 things I use every rehearsal


I couldn't agree more... I also seem to use spike tape a lot... It always seems like I need to mark something somewhere.

And in case you missed it, check out this thread.

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 12, 2005, 05:51 pm »
this becomes a lifesaver more often than not for actors: tampons.  and along the post it theme - the postit flags. LOVE those especially when taking line notes.

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 22, 2005, 05:03 am »
I'm always carrying insane amounts of stuff around when I SM- mostly because if I don't have it I'll need it.  Some of the things that I keep in stock are sewing kits, first aid kit, matches (I got this tip out of a stage management book whose title I have forgotten, but it was recommended to keep matches on hand both in case someone needs a light on stage for a prop and in order to provide a quick fix for sets that need a little more leverage).  I also usually keep an assortment of mints on hand for my actors.  I haven't tried post it notes yet, but I get crazy with highlighters.  (My favorite recent purchase was a ten pack, all individual colors- office supply heaven!) I also keep a roll of assorted tapes (duct, masking and painters tape which we use in low-budget productions as spike tape... it comes in several colors now, as does duct tape) on a piece of string so that I can tie it on to me.  Safety pins, extra batteries, extra makeup supplies (including nail polish, which came in handy for a show) and chocoloate to keep the actors happy.  I also keep an assortment of stage manager chew toys (jerky, very crunchy cookies, carrots, etc) on hand for myself.  Oh yeah, and pencils, erasors, spare scripts, spare notecards, spare hugs, spare............

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 22, 2005, 07:40 pm »
Clear nail polish: good for fixing runs in stockings/tights. (Comes in handy when you have a lot of dancers in your cast!)

liquid bandage: I find a lot of people ask for that

small bell: good for rehearsal sound fx

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« Reply #6 on: Jan 29, 2005, 08:08 pm »
Thank you all for your responses... I appreciate the input.  I'm adding to it slowly (a few inexpensive items here and there) as I really don't have much money to spend at the present time.  It's coming along slowly but surely.
-Katie Paige

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 30, 2005, 08:14 pm »
Floss.
And Listerine strips or Altoid strips. These have replaced my bowl o'mints on the actor comfort tray, since they can pop one in and it dissolves rather than trying to chew an Altoid of their way to stage.

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 12, 2005, 03:13 pm »
Go to this page and scroll down to "Comfort Zone"... The girl who did this has a very nice list of things you might want to put it.

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 14, 2005, 12:49 am »
Suggested Contents for SM Kit
(compiled from various SM books and suggestions from others)

Medical Supplies
 
aspirin/aspergum, acetaminophen, throat lozenges, throat spray, cough drops, cold tablets, antacid, paraffin wax, eye wash, eye patch, assorted bandages, elastic ACE bandages, instant ice packs, antiseptic cream or spray, isopropyl alcohol, needles, tweezers, cotton swabs, scissors, surgical gauze and tape, latex gloves
 
Office Supplies
 
#2 pencils, lg art erasers, pencil sharpener, colored pens, black ballpoint pens, felt tip markers, highlighters, china markers (for lighting gel), label maker, rubber bands, paper clips, glue stick, white-out pen, rubber cement, all-purpose cement, plasti-tak, chalk, Post-it notes, stapler and staples, calculator, 8½ x 11 pads of paper, graph paper, clipboard, company stationery, 3-hole paper punch, hole reinforcements, plastic sheet protectors, 3” x 5” note cards, blank address & package labels, envelopes, scissors, file folders, portable file box, dictionary, ruler, scale rule, project calculator, 30’ tape measures (2), 50’ tape measure, stopwatch/timer, transparent tape, masking tape,  script binding brads, thumbtacks, push pins, CD-Rs or diskettes, magnets

Personal Convenience items  (food & hygiene)

matches and lighter, disposable cups, disposable eating utensils, paper towels, pre-moistened towlettes, tissues, sugar, sugar sub., salt and pepper packets, tea, coffee, creamer, honey, hot chocolate, bouillon, package soup, eyeglass lens tissues, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, toothpicks, breath mints, candy, soap, bobby pins, ponytail bands, barrettes, clips, etc., safety pins, straight pins, bottle opener, can opener, nail clippers, nail file, saline solution, feminine napkins, postage stamps, room deodorizer, self-amusement toys
 
Tools
 
hammer, screwdrivers, pliers w/ wire-cutters, multi-tool, adjustable crescent wrench, safety lanyard for wrench, Allen wrenches, mat knife, razor blades (single-edge), X-acto knife, work gloves, flashlight, small can of oil, chalk line (white chalk only—colored chalks stain things!), tailor’s tape measure, sewing kit w/ black and white thread, bungee cords

Other
 
working bell and buzzer, small portable work light, whistle, $5 in nickels dimes & quarters, duplicate keys to everything, magnifying glass, spike tape, gaffer’s tape, electrical tape, double-sided tape, glow tape, console tape (artist’s tape) , extension cords, outlet strip, 3-plug "cube tap," ground lift, AC/DC current tester, lighting gel swatch books, telephone extension cord, dust rag, small towel, sturdy string (about 25’), tie line/sash cord, thin gauge wire (floral wire), garbage bags w/ twist ties, heavy-duty zip-lock bags (asst. sizes), padlock, extra batteries, extra pair of eyeglasses, nail polish remover (solvent), personal address book, petty cash envelope, tennis ball (lean against wall and roll on it to relieve back strain), black shoe strings
Do it right the first time;  do it right every time.

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 14, 2005, 02:07 am »
add a playpen and I think you have everything that a new mom carries... cor it's true I AM a Stage Mommy!  Ack!

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 18, 2005, 04:40 pm »
condoms!

after all, it's fairly dark in a booth and when you have lots of time between cues and a cute board op who's also bored...


no really, for body mics and fake vomit (put honey and bread inside and have the actor break it in their mouth) they work quite well

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 24, 2005, 05:29 pm »
Thank you once again.  My kit is coming together slowly but surely.  I'm using the Stanley mobile work center (which seems to be the favorite on this board).  So far, I have...

mini sewing kit, mini flashlight, matches, lighters, thumb tacks, cough drops, paper clips, safety pins, bobbye pins, hair ties, floss, clear nail polish, nail polish remover pads, cotton swabs, ibuprofen, waterproof medical tape, disposable razors, small stapler, staples, staple remover, glucose tabletss, antibacterial wipes, handy sacks (4 gallon plastic bags), mini lint roller, lotion, oral b brush-ups, kleenex, gauze pads, body adhesive, gaff tape, retractable sharpies, rubber bands, and a deck of cards

As I said before, I'm just picking up things here and there when I have money to do so.  Also, on the site DaftPenguu suggested, they mention a small photo flash with a test button.. does anyone know of a place where I can find one that's relatively inexpensive?
-Katie Paige

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« Reply #13 on: Feb 27, 2005, 01:51 pm »
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condoms!


I'm so glad to hear that someone else carries condoms in their SM kit!  But make sure that you're using the non-lubricated ones.  We did a show which involved a lot of blood effects, and one of my actors nearly swallowed a condom full of stage blood because it was a lubricated (and thus slippery) condom.  Icky, icky, icky.  And explain that one without getting some kind of police report generated at the emergency room!

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« Reply #14 on: Feb 28, 2005, 04:15 pm »
I have a friend who does sound, so I'm aware of the benefits of nonlubricated condoms for use on mic packs.
-Katie Paige

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