In the theater, often times it seems that everything has to be absolutely perfect. Everything from remembering that the line actually says “all right” instead of “okay”, to remembering that you’re supposed to kneel at your scene partner’s chair on the right side instead of the left – in order for a show to be amazing, every detail has to be extraordinary. As The Walls is my first full-length production with Theater Westminster, I am learning more and more about this aspect of the theater.
This past Tuesday I had my first personalized scene rehearsal with our director Melissa Grande since she has returned this semester. My scene partner Heaven and I performed our scenes together for her so that she could fix them – tweak and modify issues – and add blocking and voice inflections where they were needed. She liked what we had up to that point, and promptly changed and added blocking so that the scenes became better. We spent almost an hour re-doing the same two scenes over and over, focusing on our new blocking and making sure it’s perfect. We even did an exercise called a speed through, performing the scene at a quickened pace in order to let it come together in our minds and reveal any parts of it that don’t work.
I’m realizing as I move along this new journey of acting that it takes reviewing and practicing a scene multiple times in sometimes multiple ways in order to get it just right. Practice makes perfect, and perfect it must be. Bringing a show together requires hard work as a whole cast; the production won’t be great if even one person doesn’t perform to his or her very best. We only have a couple weeks until the show is set to take off, and I’m confident that the cast, myself included, can strive to be the best we can be, and to make the production as close to perfect as it can get.