Characteristics of Modern Rehearsal
Today, there are numerous different approaches to the rehearsal process; the following describes the most typical method.
- Rehearsal period lasts for four consecutive weeks, with the last week largely dedicated to technical rehearsals. Actors will be available for eight hours a day, six days a week.
- Rehearsal is led by a director who is in charge of the interpretation of the play as a whole. Actors do not direct other actors' performances or suggest interpretations - this work is left exclusively to the director.
- Often the process begins with the company reading the play together and discussing details and performance options - this process is also led by the director and is known as "table work."
- When actors begin rehearsing, they read their lines from the script in their hand and then gradually commit the words to memory over the course of the four weeks.
- Directors and actors rehearse the play one scene at a time - not necessarily in order, but one scene at a time.
- As the rehearsal progresses, the company will start to run multiple scenes together.
- Before tech week (the final week of rehearsal) the company will have run the entire play several times. Tech week usually features a tech run, a dress run, and possibly several preview nights before the official opening.