Utilise the annex - we have a lot of props and costumes in our very own LUTG Annex, they may take a bit of finding but it’s worth it. Definitely have a look in there before buying anything, this will keep your costs down. To get access to the annex, contact the President or one of the two Safety & Equipment Officers.
Use the Grand! Any big props that you need most likely will be able to be found at the Grand. They have a big props and set store and hire out at reasonable prices. Contact Carol on 01524 734381 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
One of the first things to do is communicate with the director to work out what kind of staging/set you're going to need. The better you can visualise it the easier it's going to be. Make sure you visit the venue beforehand so you know exactly what you're working with and how much space you've got. It also means you know how big/extravagant you can be.
Make sure you make lists of the props/set you're going need and give yourself plenty of time to source them. There's nothing worse than running through town 30 minutes before the show because the actors need biscuits. The annex is often a rich cave of goodies.
Also its always handy to be aware of the tech requirements for the show (again, chat with the director beforehand) and check the venue can accommodate it. It always helps to have a good team of assistants/shadows because when it comes to the get in, the more hands you have the easier it is.