10604Re: How do you manage your costume wardrobe?
- Sep 12, 2008LOL, Love the costume Nazi idea!
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "Kate Murphy"
> I agree with Curtis -- emphatically. The only way to avoid
> is supervison -- and padlocks: lots of them! The kind that only youtickets
> have the keys to.
> I do have one additional comment. If you can't dedicate a staff
> member to this job, an official "Grumpy Old Lady" (or "Grouchy Old
> Man") volunteer can be most effective. In exchange for free
> and invitations to all your parties, a rabidly protective volunteerTech
> who loves theater and thrives on a bit of power can do WONDERS for
> your costume storage issues. At my first job out of college (as
> Director at a small theatre in Long Beach CA) we had a ladyvolunteer
> in charge of costumes who was so universally feared by everyone onof
> the staff that no one - NO ONE - ever messed with her. And no one
> (not even I) ever got a key to that storage room or set foot inside
> of it without her.
> The result? A beautifully maintained costume collection, where
> nothing ever went missing.
> Anyone with limited resources should explore The Grumpy Volunteer
> Good luck!
> Kate Murphy
> --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "Curtis" <gckidd@>
> > --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "jilbyfuzz"
> > <shanntarra@> wrote:
> > > So far I have:
> > > 1) Leave all drama on the stage. It stays out of here.
> > > 2) If you take it off a rack, put it back where you got it.
> > > 3) There is a "Next show" rack. Put all costumes for the next
> > > on that rack.
> > > 4) If you need help moving costumes, ask someone. Do not empty
> > > racks with out wardrobe supervisors permission.
> > > 5) Do not throw away any costumes with out authorization from
> > > wardrobe supervisor. Unless replacement value is under $2.00
> > >
> > > Any additions you can think of?
> > --NOBODY is allowed unsupervised access to costume storage.
> > I have been having a helluva time with my production staff on this
> > one, to the result of multiple costume items having mysteriously
> > vanished without any idea of whether they were taken by employees
> > another department, one of our designers, or one of the staff (wewith
> > a past director whose early departure from our staff coincided
> > the disappearance of several pairs of mens fashion jeans and a fewdesigners
> > other, much more difficult to replace costumes...)
> > --You tell US what you want to see, and we will get it for you.
> > I have a much easier time tracking what goes out when the
> > tell me what they're looking for, or, alternately, we go intogether
> > and they ask to see certain items on the higher racks, which I'llback...but
> > down for them. I still end up having to put everything
> > least I know where everything goes, so I'm not beating my head
> > the wall a couple of months later when I find a bunch of sweaters
> > amongst the blouses or corduroys in the dress slacks, stuff like
> > If having a member of your staff escort and assist guest
> > not a practical option, then I would also recommend the restocking
> > fee...and make it known that it may be charged at your discretion,
> > depending on how much extra work is involved in restocking. That
> > conscientious customers won't be scared away...and sloppy
> > will be more attentive.(and
> > Also, that 'welcome to theater' comment? I hate that attitude
> > don't often use that term). That may be the way things normally
> > but that doesn't mean it's the way they SHOULD run (I got the same
> > thing from our designer last spring, when we got the costumes
> > so late that we had first fittings three days before dress
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