What to do tonight so everybody feel better about opening next week?
October 23, 2013 9:27 AM Subscribe
We're in the final week of rehearsal for a play that opens next week -- public dress rehearsal is on Thursday (unless it's cancelled due to lack of interest because Halloween) -- Real opening night is November 1. Most of us are in over our heads, line-wise.
posted by Infinity_8 to media & arts (17 answers total)
It's truly a bear of a show, a classic of American theatre and a daunting number of lines for all concerned. We only got our scripts at the start of the month and so it's tempting to say, whatta ya want after three weeks. Well, what we want is to be in a good place considering we open in 8 days! Most of us are underwater on our lines, some worse than others.
Last night was a pretty rough run-through of Act I off book -- with line calls it took us 2 hours.
Tonight is a rehearsal scheduled to "run lines." I don't know what activities the director has planned but he's pretty inexperienced and I wondered if anybody here knows of good activities for a one-night deal like this (we're "running the show" every time we get together for the next week, so this is nominally our only chance for other line-enhancing experiences.) I have the lead and I feel confident that I can have my part memorized sometime this weekend, with or without this party. But I want to be there and learn and be a resource for others if possible.
So does anybody have any experience with this kind of late-in-the-game line-running activity? Something that might be more likely to bear fruit than something else? Something I can bring to my director in a spirit of cooperation and non-judgemental stepping-up of the game?
I'm so not into chatfilter about what my director or the theatre should have done. We all know we signed up to put on a huge show in the space of one month. I don't question anybody's dedication or effort -- it's community theatre, we all have day jobs, yeah, maybe we're in over our heads, but we're also determined to make something amazing happen. Can you help us?