It’s the end of the year, and college theater programs (and community and small theaters) are taking stock of what they need for next year, to maximize the budget they have! As a college program, you still need the same wardrobe supplies, but you have to do it with less money. How do you manage this at a college — or a small theater, even? You need to buy smarter. Here’s what some colleges and small theaters purchase at the end of their fiscal year.
Stocking Up for Next Season
Pins: straight pins, t-pins, safety pins, and pin cushions are all must-haves. Have you tried black coated safety pins? These are great for emergencies, and the coating makes them slip into fabric easily. They can even be decorative!
Measuring and Marking tools: Tape measures, rulers, hem markers, tailor’s chalk are all essential. Measure twice, cut once! Try Clover 5-in-1 Sewing gauge this versatile sewing gauge is a great addition to marking supplies.
Dyes: Rit, Dylon, Procion, Acid. You’re using some of the best dyes, but even they can stain your hands. Try ReDuRan Super Hand Cleaner Dye Remover, because you always need to clean up dye from your hands and sometimes even fabric.
College Theater Programs Hair and Makeup Solutions
Make-up: spirit gum, special effects make up, sponges, puffs, make up removers and stage blood (in many different varieties!) are probably needed next year. Try out Skin Illustrator palettes (and activator) which are a great way to try out alcohol-based makeup, and are versatile enough for beauty, character, and even covering up the grey.
Hair: wig blocks, wig caps, styling capes, hair pins, blocking pins and wig cleaner are all necessities that you can never have enough of! We have an extensive selection of affordable wig blocks for you to try upstairs in Manhattan Pro Beauty, as well as wig stands, cases, and even hairsprays and brushes.
College Theater Programs Backstage Solutions
Fabric cleaners and treatments: Stock up on detergents, spot removers, static guard and odor eliminators. Another item to consider? Try Restoration Color Safe Fabric Restorer to remove yellowing from fabrics.
Storage Solutions: Who doesn’t need Ziploc bags, drawstring bags, or Iris storage boxes? They’re super handy and have a ton of uses. A tip: you can save money by purchasing Zipitpac which are sold in 100 ct. and come in several sizes. Bulk is best for these essentials!
Backstage: Bitelites for hands free dressing, rolling racks and laundry baskets— and don’t forget hangers! Have you ever tried head lights? You can really focus the light where you need it! We like Greatlites.
Books: We have books on Styling, Costume Design , Fashion Illustration and Theatrical Make-up. One of our favorites? The Makeup Artist Handbook, 2nd Edition. by Mindy Hall and Gretchen Davis. Check out Alison Freer’s book, “How to Get Dressed” too!
If you work with college or community/nonprofit theater programs, what do you stock up with at the end of the year? Let us know, and consider Manhattan Wardrobe Supply and Manhatttan Pro Beauty for all of your end of year needs.