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.
Another positive note, I am playing the same character type I am already used to playing: tall, dark, and imposingly sexual. The role isn’t that hard to fall into but coming into a show two weeks out presents its own problems. I do not feel behind, but I am feeling underprepared compared to the rest of the class. Usually, I sit in on every rehearsal unless I am specifically barred due to privacy concerns or other things. I enjoy having a complete picture of the show in my head to better understand how each piece of the puzzle fits together as well as how I fit. Being unable to do this has thrown me off my game.
I am almost entirely off book at this point. Doing Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike has put me thoroughly into the rhythm of memorizing lines. With only about ten lines it wasn’t a great deal to memorize but it is memorization material nonetheless; that was one of my major concerns going into Northanger Abbey. Dr. Mackenzie’s acting class has also helped in this respect. With everything going on I feel as though I am immersed in theatre: good stuff.