What we carry in our bags every day reveals a lot about us as people. For performers, a day may involve several back-to-back shows or rushing to the theatre after getting off from another gig. Here are some can’t-leave-home-without-it items that help live performers prepare for a show.
Beat the Heat
It’s no secret that it can get a little toasty onstage under those bright lights. Keeping a towel handy is a great way to dab off between scenes. Consider throwing an extra stick of deodorant and some essential oil wet wipes in your bag or keep them at your dressing room station. Your castmates will thank you!
Most performers are particular about what they eat on show day. Dancers worry about being weighed down while singers need to keep their throats open. Quick, mess-free snacks like dry nuts, pretzels, and individual tubes of peanut butter can remedy those hunger pains without upsetting your stomach or the costume mistress.
After the Show
If you plan on going out for cocktails after curtain call, a fresh pair of clothes are a must. Unless you’re going to the stage door dive bar, you’ll probably want to look, feel and smell fresh for your post-show plans. It doesn’t just stop with your outfit, though. Undo the ozone-destroying amounts of Aquanet used to secure that stage hair with the help of a travel-sized dry shampoo and hairbrush. If you don’t have time or energy to redo your stage make-up, a good trick is to use a makeup wipe to remove at least one feature of your show face—think eyes, lips, etc.
After a long tech week of late nights in the theatre, it’s unlikely you’ll feel 100% on show day. Simple comforts like your warmest pair of fuzzy socks or a playlist of your favorite jams can work wonders for your vibe in the dressing room. Ibuprofen is always a good item to have nearby to ease minor aches and pains. If you have a leading speaking or singing role, sugar-free cough drops can easily be kept backstage.