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10604Re: How do you manage your costume wardrobe?

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  • barneshaesemeyer
    Sep 12, 2008
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      LOL, Love the costume Nazi idea!


      Donna

      --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "Kate Murphy"
      <costumerkate@...> wrote:
      >
      > I agree with Curtis -- emphatically. The only way to avoid
      problems
      > is supervison -- and padlocks: lots of them! The kind that only you
      > 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
      tickets
      > and invitations to all your parties, a rabidly protective volunteer
      > 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
      Tech
      > Director at a small theatre in Long Beach CA) we had a lady
      volunteer
      > in charge of costumes who was so universally feared by everyone on
      > 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
      > Plan.
      >
      > Good luck!
      >
      > Kate Murphy
      > Chicago
      >
      > --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "Curtis" <gckidd@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > --- 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
      > show
      > > > 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
      of
      > > another department, one of our designers, or one of the staff (we
      > had
      > > a past director whose early departure from our staff coincided
      with
      > > the disappearance of several pairs of mens fashion jeans and a few
      > > 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
      designers
      > > tell me what they're looking for, or, alternately, we go in
      together
      > > and they ask to see certain items on the higher racks, which I'll
      > pull
      > > down for them. I still end up having to put everything
      back...but
      > at
      > > least I know where everything goes, so I'm not beating my head
      > against
      > > 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
      > that.
      > >
      > > If having a member of your staff escort and assist guest
      designers
      > is
      > > 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
      > way,
      > > conscientious customers won't be scared away...and sloppy
      customers
      > > will be more attentive.
      > >
      > > Also, that 'welcome to theater' comment? I hate that attitude
      (and
      > I
      > > don't often use that term). That may be the way things normally
      > run,
      > > 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
      from
      > her
      > > so late that we had first fittings three days before dress
      > rehearsals...)
      > >
      >
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