Author: Travis Ascione
Tech week is rough. Tech week, or as I like to refer to it – Hell Week – is a real, honest to God, stress inducing time. For those who do not know, tech week is the week where we run the show with all the technical elements: lights, sound, set changes, et cetera. The stress arises when the problems with these technical elements come to the forefront.
“Two weeks out” is a scary phrase for me. I have nightmares about “two weeks out”. “Two weeks out” (or two weeks until opening night) is a phrase that, upon my hearing it, ratchets up my anxiety a notch or two. Two weeks is a deadline I set for myself for every show in which I take part.
My first two weeks of rehearsals have been interesting. Currently I am transitioning from one show straight into another. Last weekend we opened Sonia and Vanya and Masha and Spike at the New Castle Playhouse; I am playing Spike. This is a modern day show, so no real adjustments had to be made for posture and dialect. I transition from this to Regency England. It’s completely different. I’ve done Dickensian England, but it’s still different for me. I’m used to cockney accents rather than the proper British accent. The other thing is regency dancing. I did something similar when I did Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Waltzing, thankfully, is not part of the dance requirement.