Thursday, October 14, 2010

Types of rehearsals

Always begin with a read-through. Some directors don’t do this,
especially if they’re doing a classic – everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet, don’t
they? While your budding star-crossed lovers may know the gist of the story they likely
don’t know many of the details – bringing those to light is why ... (click here for the full article)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The rehearsal schedule

Falling behind is one of the most common pitfalls of rehearsing a play – it’s too easy to quickly
become bogged down in pointless nit-picking or become so engrossed in the play at the outset of
rehearsals that the last few days are spent rushing through the material at the end. There are many
ways to divide up a play for rehearsal purposes, but simply having a rehearsal schedule on paper
before you begin is... (click here to read the full article)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

How to divide a play into beats

Running through the entire play over and over at each rehearsal is a crude and inefficient way to
prepare a play for production. It can have merit when you’re working with a very inexperienced
cast, and you will need a few run-throughs at the end of the rehearsal process before tech week
to help everyone get a sense of the flow of the piece, but you can bring out a lot more truth and
comprehension in the play if you can explore small sections of it in depth.
But there are many different ways to divide up a play. A common way is to divide the play into
“French” scene – each time a character enters or exits it marks a new scene, and you simply
schedule rehearsals to work on the one or more scenes that feature the same group of actors.
This can get a bit confusing, especially... (clicker here for the beats of The Constant Lover)