Hello everyone! It’s production week for the show I’m currently in, and so I haven’t had much time to post.
Considering it’s tech week, I thought I’d share about it.
I have been part of many casts for different shows. Each one is special in its own right. I think the thing that makes theatre so fun is the sense of community and togetherness that connects people working together for the same goal. And the performance, of course. 🙂
With that said, sometimes it’s difficult during production week – I’ve even heard it referred to as “Hell Week.” It’s the final time we have as a cast to polish everything and make it all complete. Therefore, directors and cast members are stressed. So as we headed into the first of our final four rehearsals, I made a list of things I needed to remind myself of.
- Be kind to everyone and offer to HELP if you have time! Don’t get in the stage crew’s way, and say thank you often.
- Don’t be stressed – take deep breaths and hug each other. These moments won’t last forever. Enjoy it all!
- Take care of yourself! Get plenty of sleep, drink tea, and take your vitamin C. Don’t overuse your voice.
- Take lots and lots of pictures.
- Don’t complain and create an atmosphere of negativity. Yes, it’s hot. Yes, you’re tired. But it’s worth it! Plus, a director hearing you be positive = brownie points.
- Pay attention to notes at the end of the night; they’re given to help you grow as a performer. Do what you’re asked to do.
- STAY IN CHARACTER! React to things happening around you onstage.
- Keep your head in the game.
If you’re in a show this summer, or have some extra things that you remind yourself of before a production, let me know what it is in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.