As Musical Theater performers your rep book is a form of identity. A friend should be able to pick up your lost book (don’t lose your book) and identify who’s it is by the song list.
Your rep book, most of the time, is housed in a binder. It should be obvious that that binder should be in good condition, no: great condition.
Things your binder SHOULD NOT have:
- broken rings
- rings that don’t close
- rings that overlap
- covers that fall off
- a width that is greater that 2 inches, preferably 1.5”
- a cover that closes / doesn’t stay open by itself.
These should all be obvious, but you would be surprised at how many of these things happen on the regular. Invest in a good binder, it’s the sign of a good professional. Music falling out in the audition because the rings aren’t closing makes for a sloppy audition. And again as I’ve said before, you should SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS in the room.
Go to staples.com and order a couple. Keep them and switch them out when you need to. Good binders make for a good audition.
Examples of sadness:
Don’t use these…. they’re cheap and don’t stay open 😦