I am sure you know the phrase ” another day, another dollar”. Well, as a stage manager, I took put this phrase into my own words: another new semester, another new play. Each semester, there are two plays that Theatre Westminster, except for when there is a musical. The first play that is being put on this semester is “The Walls” by Lisa Dillman. This play follows the research of Carrie, who is researching women throughout the years in mental institutions. The entire cast and technical team have been working on this play since last semester, perfecting lines and getting all of the elements into place.
Last week was the first week back to school, and while some of our fellow classmates got the opportunity to go to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, some of us worked on memorizing lines for “The Walls”. With both the director and assistant director away, I had the opportunity to lead the rehearsals. These rehearsals consisted of going through the play act by act and helping the actors and actresses learn their lines. This was done by breaking down the play. Our first rehearsal consisted of going through both acts of the play with the actors and actresses being able to use their scripts. This was a getting reacquainted rehearsal with the script.
The next day we only worked on Act I to start to memorize lines. This was done with Act II as well, however during this rehearsal we also split up into individual groups to work on lines. I have two assistant stage managers who each took a person to work on lines with. I also took someone and worked with them one on one. Overall this was the week that we all were able to get reacquainted with the script. Leading rehearsals was fun, but the assistant director came back and is doing an amazing job with the cast this week. I gladly give back control of rehearsals to him. With this all being said, please come see “The Walls” February 20-23. Until then, remember another new semester, another new play!