With apologies to Charles Dickens~ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was dress rehearsal.

We will all work together in the best of times, and the worst of times.  And it the end, all we have is each other in our business.  At our best, we aspire to practice professional behavior and hone our leadership skills.   At our worst, common courtesy will suffice.  These are our daily curtesies:

Get a reputation for Good Manners~

  • When our co-workers come into the costume shop, we allow a few moments to settle in before we bombard them with requests or questions.
  • Don’t take our co-workers for granted.   Once we feel like family we tend to let down our guard.  Please don’t forget we are a team.
  • Remember the Golden Rule– treat others as you wish to be treated.
  • Never demand anything from anyone in the shop no matter how stressful the situation may be
  • Always request– use the question form.  Don’t forget Please and Thank You.

Playing Well with Others ~

  • We share a workspace too small for the number of people who work here.
  • Be aware of others’ needs, ask if you may use a table, machine, tool.  Someone may be in the middle of using it.
  • The next show up has priority in the shop, dye room, make up room, etc.  Respect others’ deadlines

Never Assume Anything~

  • We work in a communication business, strive for clarity in notes.  Be very specific.  Identify the costume, the item and describe exactly.  Useful Note: Hem Hamlet’s red pants: shorten 1.5 inches   Awful Note: Hem red pants 1.5 inches (whose? up or down?)
  • Legibly Print fitting and rehearsal notes.   If you have terrible handwriting, transpose the notes to the computer. Some shops have developed a very fast shorthand system– if you use shorthand, take a moment after the fitting to add descriptive words.

Ambient Noise~

  • We work in a small room, there are those trying to concentrate on difficult tasks.  Please limit your conversations to business while in the room.  Step outside or in the hall for social conversation
  • Cell phones must be Off or completely silenced.  Designers of current shows may keep their phones on to conduct business.
  • If you are not teaching you may listen to music, using one ear bud only

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