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Friday, April 09, 2010

"Friday's Rehearsal"

Well, tonight's stage rehearsal wasn't as daunting as I had anticipated. I spent all afternoon preparing, studying my lines, committing them to memory, etc. When I went in at my 7pm call, I was feeling confident. Eager. Ready to work.

The scenes on the schedule were actually two of the most dramatic in the play. They're the first two scenes of the show, to be precise. And the three main actors (of which I am one) have to nail those scenes, and present them well, because they set the stage for the rest of the story. If we fail, if we lose sight of our intentions, the story falls flat. And that's not a pleasant prospect.

Granted, we've only begun to work the play off-book. Lines are still fresh -- recently memorized. We're still stumbling a bit in that regards. But without the scripts in our hands, the characters can start to take shape. Mannerisms can develop. Relationships can grow. And that's where the fun of rehearsal begins. Playing. Bonding. Being.

We still have plenty of time before the show opens. The curtain rises on May 7th, so that leaves about a month of rehearsals yet before we're performance-ready. We'll get there. For now... we're into the playing phase. Working out the kinks. Getting a feel for the space and the characters.

Tomorrow's rehearsal is an afternoon gig. 1pm call for me. I'm actually looking forward to it. So far, rehearsals have been in the evening -- after dark. I've had the afternoon to prepare, and then the evening to play. This time around, I'll be heading out on a nice day. Hopefully with lots of sun. I'll have my afternoon and evening to myself for a change. I like that!

So, here's to a great Saturday! Scene 3. Let the afternoon playtime begin!

-Jon

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