Wow! Can I just say that I am incredibly excited with this part! However, I never thought that I would have to put in all of the hours that I have and will continue to do.
In the past, I have had lead roles and had to learn a bunch of lines, but that was only shows in high school. We would only rehearse three hours a day. Now, because this is a show at college level and I have the lead role, I am in rehearsal for five hours every night. One would think that would be tiring, and don’t get me wrong it is exhausting, but I can’t seem to get enough of it. Sure, I complain to all my friends about going to rehearsal, but as soon as I get on the stage, I have a new found energy that keeps me going though the rest of the night.
The first week of rehearsal was crazy. I discovered that throughout the entire script, I have only two pages that I do NOT have lines on. Almost all of the lines that I do have are little monologues in and of themselves. My favorite line of the entire script is the line “No.” I have that line down better than most. The last two rehearsals before Easter break, we had a dialect coach come in to help the cast learn the standardized RP British dialect. John, the dialect coach, is a really great instructor and an entertaining man to work with.
During the coaching sessions, I felt that I had met him before or knew someone who was very similar to him in the way he speaks and his mannerisms. I eventually pinned him down as being my New Wilmington version of my at-home director, Gary McDaniel. That was comforting and helped me feel that I would have less trouble approaching John with questions and concerns. I look forward to continuing the rehearsal process and working with John, and will admit to being anxious with the looming performance date approaching and so many lines left to learn.