The Stage Manager’s Checklist: On-Site Essentials

A look at the essential items every stage manager needs to keep on-site

The stage manager's toolkit will play a vital role in helping a production to run as smoothly as possible. © Flickr user The Shopping Sherpa

Let’s take a look at part three in this series, on the final essentials you’ll need to manage as part of your Stage Manager’s Toolkit – those you’ll need to keep on-site, and stored in a locker or larger toolbox, preferably in a locked room or secure location.

The essentials you’ll need to store on-site should include the following items:

  • Flashlights (at least 2 – 4 is better)
  • Headsets/Headset peripherals
  • Tape Measure
  • Assorted batteries (including a large supply of headset batteries at all times)
  • Spike tape
  • Glow-tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Gaffers Tape
  • Colored blocking tape
  • Reflective tape
  • Large box of gallon-sized Ziploc bags
  • Wrench
  • Multi-head Power screwdriver (and charger)

Emergency Sewing Kit Items (boxed or bagged separately)

  • Mini-scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Extra Buttons
  • Extra Zippers
  • Extra Snaps
  • Extra Hooks and Eyes
  • Hemming Tape
  • Tide or Stain-Removal Pen

First Aid/Extra Care Items

  • Portable ‘Wet-Wipes’ or Baby Wipes
  • Nail File
  • Altoids or mints
  • Throat lozenges
  • Antacids
  • Visine
  • Saline solution
  • Instant ice packs
  • Lip balm (get the kind in a finger-dip container, versus the lipstick-style applicator)
  • Ponytail holders
  • Aspirin
  • Tylenol
  • Band-Aids (in varying sizes)
  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Tampons/pads
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand lotion

Additional Miscellaneous Items to Bring or Store:

  • Bottled water
  • Bottled orange juice
  • Large container of ground coffee
  • Extra coffee filters
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Sugar
  • Artificial sweetener