What's In My Bag?: Rehearsal Edition
I am back in the rehearsal room to perform in a live musical for the first time in years, and I am so excited! It also means I’m packing a rehearsal bag for the first time in a long time, so I thought we could do it together.
Of course, there are a few things that are self-explanatory:
Water Bottle & Snack
2 Masks - Every company has different COVID-19 policies these days, and each cast member will have different comfort levels during the rehearsal process. Having a mask on hand is generally a good idea these days, but I recommend bringing an extra one, ESPECIALLY if you’re singing masked. It definitely reduces the ick factor.
Grether’s - I bought a pack of these in 2019 based on my friend’s recommendation and used them rarely. Then COVID hit and I was wearing a mask while working full time - add in talking and singing in one and PHEW! I just had to buy a new pack of these because of how often I use them to keep myself from getting too dry.
Running Shoes & Character Shoes - Even if you know you’re going to be in a character heel, bring a running shoe! My general rule is to start rehearsing in show shoes as soon as possible, but you also want to keep your feet comfortable and avoid injury - having a backup pair of running shoes will save your toes!
Tennis Ball - Foam rollers are great for sore muscles, but can be difficult to carry around with you. A tennis ball can do the same job, and is easier to bring along.
Recording Device - I always just use my phone, but having something to record vocal work and choreography can be a useful tool for practicing on your own .
An Activity - Rehearsals can be long and there can be periods of time when you’re not needed in what is being worked on. I recommend bringing a small activity to give your brain a break and fill the time, as long as it’s easy to put down when you’re called back.
Let me know what you bring to rehearsal in the comments below!