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Dressing Room Manners

on Saturday, 29 May 2010. Posted in Show Resources

Expectations and Etiquette for the Dressing Room

Learn more about the Do's and the Do Not's when it comes to the Dressing Room expectations and etiquette. "Break a leg!"


  • arrive at the theatre having bathed & shampooed, wearing a good non-scented deodorant
  • rehang your costume pieces as soon as you take them off
  • keep all food and all drink except plain water out of the dressing rooms
  • apply makeup and hair color BEFORE putting on costume (many makeup colors and even "washable" colored hair sprays will permanently stain)
  • blend makeup ONLY to edge of costume & hair, not beyond
  • do all eating and drinking BEFORE putting on costume or handling props

Do Not...

  • wear perfume, cologne or after-shave other cast members may be sensitive or allergic, and scent is very difficult to get out of clothing
  • eat or drink while in costume except plain water
  • cut, glue, staple, paint or tape any part of any garment
  • write on the costume or any label in it
  • return costumes to the owner with makeup, hair spray, blood or food stains on them that cannot be washed out

If you have been given a wig made of synthetic fiber...

  • DO NOT use hot rollers ot an electric curling iron or blow dryer - the fiber will frizz
  • DO NOT comb or brush when wet - the curl will be released
  • DO NOT apply latex to any part of this wig - it cannot be removed
  • DO NOT try to alter the style, length or color


PS: If you don't know where that tried & true best wish for a good show came from, it goes back to the good old days of the "three - a - day", when performers would audition for the opportunity to perform in a vaudeville show. Auditions were held backstage, behind the invisible wall created by the legs, or narrow curtains hung at intervals from downstage to upstage both right & left, that would mask the wing space from the view of the audience.. If a performer passed the audition & was allowed to perform on stage, he got beyond, or "broke" through the "legs", and would be paid for his performance. It's the best wish one can offer a performer - even today.