Back to: Jss2 Cultural and Creative Art (C.C.A)
WEEK: 4 & 5
Before a play is produced, the director, actors, and actresses get together for a rehearsal to go over the script and get more comfortable with the parts that have been assigned to them. On the day of the performance, it is believed that the actors and actresses would be able to play or perform their parts effortlessly since they will have been used to playing them during the course of sufficient and productive rehearsals. The director is afforded more time to interpret the plays in accordance with the specifications thanks to the rehearsal process. It is helpful for the actors as well as the crew to have sufficient time to acquire and prepare the costumes, make-up, props, and anything else that could be required for the show. In the end, the rehearsals give credence to the age-old proverb that “practice makes perfect.”
Process Of Rehearsals
Reading, movement, acting, expression and communication, voice production, prompting, and cueing are all activities that are included in the process of rehearsals.
Reading is the stage of preparation in which the actors and actresses get familiar with the script by the act of reading it. They make their first encounter with the play or script at this point in the process.
The director starts giving the actors and actresses instructions on how to move about the stage in accordance with the stage direction that the author has written into the script of the play.
The actors and actresses will begin acting their respective parts while the director watches and provides direction.
Expression and Communication
The actors and actresses start working on how to deliver their lines vocally or how to engage other actors and actresses in dialogue while they are performing on stage.
In this stage of the process, speech experts are called in to instruct or oversee the actors and actresses on how to correctly speak the words in the play.
The prompting process involves the actors and actresses being reminded of what they are expected to say while performing on stage. When this occurs, someone is often concealed behind the scene or behind the curtain so that they are not visible to the audience.
These are used to indicate to the actors and actresses when it is their turn to perform on stage, or to remind them of when it is their turn. The majority of the time, it will be presented in the form of a chart.
Stages of Rehearsals
Reading the script
Reading the script is the first step in putting on a performance, which is why this phase comes first. It is encouraged that everyone engaged in the play read the play so that they may have a better understanding of what is going on. Reading on stage provides the director with information on the reading abilities of potential actors and actresses in the production.
At this point in the production, the actors and actresses are becoming familiar with the script. And while they are still reading their lines, the director starts giving them stage directions on how to walk about while they are performing.
At this time, the actors and actresses will be aware of the parts that they will be playing in the production. The director’s focus in this situation is on making sure that the actors are proficient in their respective parts. At this point, the rehearsals would be taken very seriously.
Although this is the last rehearsal, the quality of the performance is comparable to that of the main performance. At this point in the performance, it has been decided that the play is ready for audience consumption. At this point, everything that will be required on the day of the performance, including costumes, props, the set, make-up, lighting effects, and sound, will be applied. In most cases, this takes occur the day before the performance itself. The director makes a mental note of any errors that occur on this day and works to remedy them so that they are not repeated on the day of the performance.