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When the time comes to offer a gift to a college student majoring in theater, you might struggle with an appropriate choice. Whether it's for graduation, birthday, Christmas or otherwise, you can't go wrong with a present that plays into her love of the theatrical.
Take in a Show
The best way for a theater major to hone his craft is to see the pros. Purchase tickets for a professional theatrical production, whether it's a national tour of a Broadway production, a local professional group or a show on the Great White Way itself. These tickets can be pricey, though, so if your budget doesn't work in that range -- or if the timing isn't the best -- give the student a special signed playbill, theatrical poster or other Broadway memorabilia.
If your gift recipient needs a break from her college textbooks, wrap up copy of your favorite script to share with her. If you don't have a favorite, ask her parents or friends what sort of theater she likes and then purchase a script that she might not have read before. A subscription to a theater-themed magazine, such as "STAGE" magazine, might also be appreciated. Acting coach Denise Simon recommends skipping collections of generic monologues, as they don't serve their purpose well.
For the Stage
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If the theater major is often found on stage, find a stylish makeup bag and fill it with some of the essential he'll need for every show. Options include makeup sponges, makeup remover and bobby pins. Round it out with a gift card to a makeup store or website that specializes in stage makeup. Another option is to create an emergency kit, designed to offer solutions when something goes wrong backstage -- as it often does. Important items to include are safety pins, bandages, a needle and thread, stain remover, red lipstick, stockings and a wig cap.
Ready for Your Close-Up
If your favorite theater major plans to truly make a go of it after graduation, she will need professional headshots to hand out at auditions. Schedule a session with a professional photographer that specializes in this type of work. To help out even more with her career, find a local acting coach or casting director who will give the aspiring actor feedback on audition monologues, songs and general strategy.
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