4/12 – Rehearsal, day 1

Today will be the first time your group will meet and rehearse. Your main job is today is to read your lines and make sure you know EXACTLY what EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE IS SAYING.

You can SAY the words if you don’t know this, but you cannot ACT. And this is a PERFORMANCE project.

I’ll ask you to sit together and read and figure everything out together. My expectation is that once that’s done, you’ll read through your script another 7-8 times (aloud). The more you read today, the easier Thursday will be, when we start blocking. 🙂

Also, one major problem to watch out for: the end of a line is not necessarily a time for a pause. Consider this speech from Oberon:

This falls out better than I could devise.

But hast thou yet latched the Athenian’s eyes

With the love juice, as I bid thee do?

If I pause at the end of the lines–YUCK. It doesn’t make sense. Latched the Athenian’s eyes sounds like he’s locking some poor guy’s eyes shut. We have to know WHAT he’s latching them with; that’s the rest of the sentence! When I’m reading, it should sound like this:

This falls out better than I could devise.

But hast thou yet latched the Athenian’s eyes with the love juice, as I bid thee do?

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