What To Keep In Your Rehearsal Bag

I’m currently in rehearsals for a concert performance of The Secret Garden with Just Off Broadway, Inc. Having performed this show before, I am so happy to revisit this absolutely beautiful score. This concert is a benefit for the Orange County Arboretum in Montgomery, NY. I am reprising the role of “Ayah” alongside Broadway veterans Marni Raab as “Lily” and Craig Schulman as “Archibald Craven.” Playing “Mary” is a young and extremely talented performer named Alex Thurtle who played “Annie” in my last show Annie Warbucks. I had forgotten how difficult this music is to learn, but it’s a welcome challenge. I also have no excuse for screwing up since I learned the show already once before!

Canvas Lace Striped Bag c/o Chicastic

Anyway, juggling a full time job and a show can be difficult. Last week, I prepared several crock pot recipes to freeze for the next several days (which worked out better and more delicious than I had originally thought!) and I packed my rehearsal bag. I like to use a tote, just because you can fit more inside. This Chevron Lace and Straw Crochet Tote Bag from Chicastic has seen me through this summer’s adventures beautifully. I took it to Alaska with me, and then straight to Annie Warbucks rehearsals. Here’s a list of what I like to keep handy in my rehearsal bag.

1. Rehearsal Shoes (character shoes, sneakers, whatever you need to have)

2. Toe Stretchers (see #1, yup)

3. Script and/or music (duh)

4. Water bottle (I like the ones that have built in filters, then you can refill them wherever you are)

5. Snacks or a packed lunch

6. Tablet / Cell Phone / Charger

7. Throat lozenges

8. Gum (you know, in case you gotta kiss someone hehe)

9. Shawl, Scarf or Sweater (rehearsal halls can get cold, especially if you’re sitting around for awhile)

10. Pencil pouch, pencils and highlighters – I like the Erasable Highlighters to use in the librettos since any sort of permanent markings will result in a fine.

11.Travel tooth brush and toothpaste

12. Book (if you’re not a tablet person)

13. Recording device (or phone) to record music

14. Flask (just kidding!!) Ibuprofen or aspirin

15. Notepad for rehearsal notes

16. Wallet

17. Keys (so you can go home and relax after a long day!)

The concert runs for one night on September 6th, 2014. The evening will begin with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by the performance at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and advanced reservations are required. To reserve seats, please call 845-615-3828

Hope to see you there!