Rehearsal Process: Stage One
Being intimately acquainted with your character is key to a believable performance. This is done with actor homework where the actor makes decisions about the past, present and future of the character. The choices about the character are derived from the script while others are completely made up based on the imagination of the actor. Using the sheet below, answer the questions about your character. Be as detailed as possible. You will use this information to create a "Character Collage" where you will find pictures in magazines or the internet to create a collage that pictorially represents your character. All 12 line items in the Activity Sheet should have an image that describes it or gives the impression of what you described or imagined. The Character Analysis and Collage are due next class period.
Rehearsal Process: Stage Two
Blocking is the first stage of the rehearsal process. Blocking is when the director communicates the movements of the characters to the actors. We will use all the stage terms we learned at the beginning of the semester including body positions, stage types and stage areas. These terms will be given to you for every scene. It is the actor's responsibility to write IN PENCIL on your script every blocking note. You will use your script in rehearsal to review the blocking. However, you are responsible for knowing the exact blocking for every run-through of the play without your script. Blocking is specific because it helps tell the story with pictures. If you choose to do your own blocking then you interfere with the storytelling. There is a specific way to write blocking shorthand. Let's review.
Every second you are onstage, you should be communicating the intentions of the character and involving yourself in the action. Be active listeners and responders.
Rehearsal Process: Stage Three
The third step in the rehearsal process is when we bring the character and the blocking to memorized dialogue. This is best displayed in a run-through of the play. There will be several run-throughs throughout the rehearsal process. The last week of rehearsal before the performance will incorporate all of the technical elements including props, sound, lights and costumes. View the calendar below for more specifics on blocking, run-through and tech rehearsals.