At the moment, The Tinderbox Youth Theatre are in the first stages of a rehearsal process for the Shakespeare Festival (Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July ’18).
Certain things have been done already: casting the plays, a read- through of the script, and behind the scenes, a production team has been put into place for costume, set and technical support.
So now we start to stage the play. This is called ‘blocking’. The director maps out where each actor will enter and exit the stage in every scene. The actor will also know where to stand and where to move to during each scene. And when there are up to 40 children in one scene, there are many movements to remember! We repeat the staging of scenes many times so that it runs smoothly and everybody knows what to do.
There are many times during rehearsals when the actors are waiting. Not every actor will speak their line in a rehearsal, but even if an actor doesn’t speak at all in a play, their role is important. Your place on the stage affects where everybody else stands and sometimes your move/line gives other actors their cue. Putting on a play is a team effort.
The next stage in a rehearsal process is to look further into character development– to take the play off the page and make it come alive. More on that next time!