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The Properties Director’s Handbook by Sandra Strawn

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Chapter 4

Getting Organized

Keeping track of all the props requested by both the designer for the visual appearance and the director for the action of the play is the responsibility of the properties director. This is managed through the use of a prop list . The prop list should have every prop listed and a detailed notation of any details the properties director requires to track the prop or information about its use or look. Using a simple form to enter this information allows the management of “adds” and “cuts” and is a quickly accessed organizational tool. Most prop lists use column headers similar to this:

PAGE TRACK # ITEM/PROP CHARACTER/FUNCTIONDESCRIPTION ASSIGNMENT ACQUIRE STATUS

The page number, just as in the preliminary prop list, ...

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