And costume is so important for an actor. It absolutely helps to get into character; it’s the closest thing to you, it touches you. Some actors like to go into make-up and then put their clothes on, but I like to dress first; that’s my routine.
Getting your costume for the first time on a show is so exciting and thrilling – you start to see just how your character will look and how he or she will move. Suddenly everything feels a little bit more ‘real’.
Its important that you respect not just your costume but everyone on the crew who will be taking care of that costume too.
These tips and guidelines are common sense and common courtesy, but I have been in too many productions where people just don’t seem to consider all these little things.
Professor John P Palmer’s Theatre Essays