Hands down, the best thing I've done to help ease the craziness during the production and tech schedule has been to take a planned vacation day from work. I had my day off earlier this week and I think this is a tradition I will keep going for every future production--I am kind of in awe that I did not think of this sooner. It is such a simple idea that made such a difference in how I felt starting the week leading up to opening night. It was amazing to have a day to sleep in, do some laundry and food prep for the week, watch some Netflix, and take a nice long nap with my cat in the middle of the afternoon. I had originally planned to do some script analysis and work on character, but in the end found that I wanted to take a mental vacation from the production as well. It paid off, and I went to rehearsal at the end of the day feeling rejuvenated. I highly recommend gifting yourself with a day off in the midst of production! You won't regret it.
I hope that whatever you're up to, you find a way to refresh this week as well. I think it's always easier to make the final push on a project when you cut yourself some slack and build in some catch-up time.
Just a few links and other things for you in case you're interested:
Need character shoes? I bought my first pair for the show on Amazon. Yes, I know I made it to 31 years old without ever owning a pair. These were inexpensive, relatively comfortable, and arrived quickly. They run small, so make sure you order at least 1/2 size up from your normal shoe size. Unless your feet are giant like mine, then order a full size up.
It's hardly an original idea, but it's new to me. I made a ziplock bag of treats for each day this week so that I could just grab one (along with a salad and frozen lunch) and take it with me for the day. I filled each with tea, fruit, natural beef jerky, and the incredibly delicious Gluten Free Bars (soy, nut, dairy, AND gluten free to comply with a recent diet experiment). Not to be a walking advertisement for Gluten Free Bars, but if you have any kind of food allergies or if you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan snack, these are the best protein bars I've ever eaten. Check out their website here.
Other production week wish-I-hads:
This extra long denim shirt (to wear to and from rehearsal and help with ease of hair and make-up)
A stylish leather backpack to stow all my show stuff in (it reminds me of the style of Felicity)
This very cute cat cosmetic bag (because I am a cat lady all the way)