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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #30 on: Dec 11, 2006, 12:29 am »
Don't know what the original poster's reason is, but I can think of several...hand-strengthening exercises, a massage tool (put it between your aching back and a wall, and roll it up and down, or for dancers to work out leg kinks by rolling it on their muscles), or the simple stress-relieving game of catch!

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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #31 on: Dec 11, 2006, 01:59 am »
It is also useful for getting peoples attention/relieving stress upon people... *Thwak*  ;D

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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #32 on: Dec 24, 2006, 10:02 pm »
What is the Tennis Ball for?

Sorry for the delay in response, Hermie.  But no matter:  smjes is "on the ball."
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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #33 on: Dec 26, 2006, 01:46 am »
What is the Tennis Ball for?

Sorry for the delay in response, Hermie.  But no matter:  smjes is "on the ball."


They are great for getting scuffs off of painted floors without destroying the paint. (Just learned that one.)

Plus they are toys for fidgity directors.
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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #34 on: Jan 04, 2007, 02:43 pm »
In addition to the stuff usually listed, during rehearsals and shows, I take a wash cloth, get it wet and place it in a Ziploc plastic bag in our backstage freezer.  Comes in very handy for minor bumps and bruises, and most recently when one of our actors strained her back during a performance.  It works as well as the fancy store bought stuff, but is much cheaper.

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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #35 on: Feb 18, 2007, 01:32 am »
something i've found useful recently- a disposable camera. i've found that in rehearsal if you want to document the setup of furniture/props quickly, a disposable camera is invaluable. if you have one, a digital camera can be even better- on my current show i used it to send photos of changes to the furniture setup to the lighting designer, so he could adjust his lighting plot before hang. but with a show that has a ton of little hand props, having a photo of how the stage should look can be really useful.

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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #36 on: Feb 19, 2007, 10:22 am »
We've started using our cell phone's to take pictures... particularly of the Xmas tree set-up in Nutcracker...

Our Nutcracker has a "ground-row" of gifts in front of the Xmas tree to block sight-lines of the Act I Doll's entrances and also to block the piles of pre-grown Xmas tree branches.

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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #37 on: Mar 01, 2007, 03:51 am »
The little clothy stickers that go around the holes in paper.  (that makes sense to me, but heres a New Member Link: http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?prodCatType=0&storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&productId=10391&cmArea=SEARCH [nonactive]

I've always got them.  Sometimes their used how their ment, some times I end up attacking the director with them. Either way, I use them A LOT!

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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #38 on: Mar 01, 2007, 04:44 am »
if you have one, a digital camera can be even better

I am a bit of a photography enthusiast, but I just bought a cheap Point and Shoot camera for the reasons you mentioned - my dSLR cammera is too big to carry arround, but I bought an unbranded P&S for about AU$100 - 4 megapixels, came with a 256mb SD Card and conveniently has a belt holster. Whilst it is no good for show photos, it is great to be able to pull it out to photograph props etc. My phone does not have a camera (I spent yonks looking for one without a camera, as I am starting to see "No Camera Phones" signs at quite a few venues) - so this was an excellent (and affordable) solution.

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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #39 on: Mar 01, 2007, 11:00 am »
It is also useful for getting peoples attention/relieving stress upon people... *Thwak*  ;D

I will have to remember that when actors are being loud and obnoxious in the house while a scene is being rehearsed.   :P
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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #40 on: Mar 23, 2007, 09:22 pm »
Yeah, I've been pretty bad during my current show about keeping a kit around. I was ok until this week (week of show) where I've been yelling across the room to my lighting guy "Sharpie!" and then watching said sharpie sail through the air to me.
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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #41 on: Mar 26, 2007, 12:05 am »
...and alas, my lack of a kit has has come back and bit me in the butt. Countless times I needed a flashlight, pen, or tape and had to stop what I was doing and go find it. I also had an actress cut herself onstage and sure enough, not a first-aid kit to be found anywhere, my days of kit-less shows have officially come to an end.
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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #42 on: Mar 26, 2007, 09:12 am »
Does anyone else carry the Stage Manager's prop?
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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #43 on: Mar 26, 2007, 12:02 pm »
"not a first aid kit to be found"..... aggghhhhhhh!!!!! Yes, a kit for personal office/etc supplies is essential, but g*dd@mn it, it is SOOOOO the theatre's responsibility to provide first aid kits backstage and in the other working environments in the building!!! If an actor or crew bleeds to death before the paramedics get there because there were no bandaids available, you can be damn sure the theatre will be sued and not the stage manager!!

That said, I do keep aspirin & ibuprofen on hand, mostly for my personal use, but it does get frequently loaned out.

Oh, and I like the use of the Force to grab Sharpies from across the room. :)
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Re: What goes inside a SM Kit?
« Reply #44 on: Mar 26, 2007, 01:30 pm »
Does anyone else carry the Stage Manager's prop?

Maybe I'm ignorant, but what do you mean?

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