What a feeling! You get that call on your cell phone, and you’ve got a job for the summer doing theatre. Someone is ACTUALLY PAYING you to do theatre! What a rush! What a high! What the hell do you do now? What is summer stock, really?
Shopping for normal-people school supplies is easy. You walk into Staples and buy one of everything and then never use it. But how should you approach back-to-school shopping as a theatre person? Allow me to translate your school supply list into theatrical terms, using every student’s favorite tool: Venn Diagrams.
1. Buy an extra larynx, just in case. If on a budget, make one using premium deli meat. 2. Periodically reconnect with the source material. Especially if the show is about dessert. 3. Switch costumes with someone weekly, as a sign of affection. You might be tempted to warn them but I say don’t.