Simple, right? But not quite!
There is much more that goes into putting a professional production together than one might think. After two decades of acting and directing, our Artistic Director, Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, makes it look easy. But to bring a show to life, there must first be months of planning, a talented team of people, weeks of rehearsals, and creative, diligent work.
With this in mind, we have created a new series, “The Resident Theatre Company: Behind the Curtain” which will take you backstage and give you an insider’s look at the process that most people never have the chance to see.
For Lend Me a Tenor, opening on December 14th, we will focus specifically on rehearsals giving you behind the scenes looks at the process.
Not all rehearsals are created equal. Their scope and focus evolves over the course of 4-6 weeks as a show takes shape. Through pictures and video, and explaining the journey from first read through to opening night.
For future RTC productions we will look “behind the curtain” at other aspects of theatre such as set design, lighting, costumes, music and choreography. We hope you enjoy sharing in this creative process as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.
After the first read through of the script, we begin rehearsal with what's called "Blocking Rehearsal". Blocking is where the actors move throughout the show, and this process starts to give the show some shape. The actors hold their scripts for this process, and are usually not yet "Off Book" (meaning they have not learned their lines yet), and basic furniture is used to represent the set.