10 Things to Expect from the Dress Rehearsal

10 Things to Expect from the Dress Rehearsal

You finally make it to show week and one of the most exciting final moments; the dress rehearsal. You know your lines, your staging, your props (mostly) and everyone comes together in the theatre to admire the set, the lighting and the innate ability people have to hold it together when things go a bit pear-shaped. Here are 10 things you can look forward to experiencing at your first dress rehearsal.

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Some Helpful Tips for Learning Your Lines!

Some Helpful Tips for Learning Your Lines!

I can’t be the only one who has opened their script, stared at the first page for what only felt like ten minutes, and then looked up at the clock to find a full hour has passed me by.

When your script has become your comfort blanket, despairing at the thought of letting it go before show week will do nothing to reduce all the other stresses that come with being part of a production.

So, I would like to share a few tricks that, in my experience, have been incredibly helpful when starting to learn my lines.

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Lying About Your Conflicts is One of the Worst Things You Can Do to Your Show

Lying About Your Conflicts is One of the Worst Things You Can Do to Your Show

Years ago, I was directing a play that only had a cast of five. Usually, I hate coming up with rehearsal schedules but this one proved to be pretty simple given the number of people in the cast. However, right before I was about to send the schedule out, I received an email from one of the actors in the show who had forgotten that he had booked a seven-day vacation to Florida the week before Tech Sunday. I just about threw my laptop out the window. 

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Fight! : My First Experience with Stage Combat

Fight! : My First Experience with Stage Combat

Fight choreography is a unique part of theater storytelling. It is done because we want to make a scene appear as real as possible without anyone getting injured. Fight choreography isn’t just involved when the actors are called to fight but also when weapons are involved. In the past three years, I have been involved with several shows where I got to see this happen. I was able to watch right from the start and see how the actors first learned the safety aspect of things and then how to make it look real.

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Fueling Your Mental and Physical Instruments

Fueling Your Mental and Physical Instruments

As I stand on the precipice of adulthood (yikes) I’ve been trying to focus on the life I want. As actors, our bodies are everything. They are the vital instrument to our success. We need to take care of our brains, our lungs, our stomachs, our muscles, and every vein and vessel that come with it. Typically, people don’t think about taking such in-depth care of their bodies. As actors, I’ve found that we are more in-tuned and sensitive to what our bodies need.

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Networking and the Actor: Not an Easy Pairing

Networking and the Actor: Not an Easy Pairing

Okay so let’s start off with a familiar situation: A show. You’ve been cast, you’ve had the table reading, you’ve done the rehearsal, etc. It doesn’t really matter what level you put this hypothetical production in, the point is that you’re surrounded by a bunch of people who are equally interested in doing what you do as well. People, ergo, who are ‘in the industry’. Now – what do you do?

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Switching Lanes: Changing Ideas Halfway Through a Project

Switching Lanes: Changing Ideas Halfway Through a Project

When a piece of art is finished, it is easy to get hung up on the idea of that being exactly what is presented to the world. But, is this always for the best?

I was involved in a project earlier this year. We presented our project idea and were excited. However, as time went on, nothing was coming together. It got to two weeks before our showing and we didn’t have anything. So we started a brand new project. Which ended up miles better and engaging more people. Consequently, that is simultaneously the best and most stressful project I have ever been involved with.

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