Costumes, Makeup, and Props

In most cases costumes will be either made or purchased for each cast member.  Students are expected to furnish their own underwear, shoes, and possibly own outerwear for a show in modern dress.  If a costume needs to be fitted, it is the actor’s responsibility to be present when scheduled.  Actors should also report problems with costumes in a timely fashion. Men may be required to own a pair of black shoes and women a pair of black heels.  If rehearsal skirts or capes are necessary, the costumer will provide them.

An actor should learn to do his or her own makeup.  The actor should take the initiative to discuss with the director what is needed.  (S)he should begin early in the rehearsal period if a special, particularly difficult makeup is required.  A makeup crew will be available to help during dress rehearsals and performances requiring complex makeup.  Makeup may have to be supplied by the individual actor depending on the show.  Wigs will be provided by the department if needed.

Actors are encouraged to use props early in rehearsals.  Props will be in the care of the stage manager or the props manager and are always to be returned to them.  During rehearsals and performances, a special area will be established where props can be obtained .  Students are not, under any circumstance, to remove props from the theatre.