Can you believe that we are only a few weeks away from tech week? A month from now the show will be over and we’ll all be sleeping in on Saturdays.
Before we get there though we have a lot of work to do. We’ve done some great stuff thus far, but there are still dances to learn, music to practice, and lines and blocking to memorize.
Speaking of memorization… this Saturday is the off book date for Act One. What does “off book” mean? It means that you’re lines (and lyrics, blocking, and choreography) are all memorized and you don’t need your script (or book) in your hand anymore.
Memorization can be a daunting task. I’m a big fan of repetition. Just say your lines over and over again. Sing your songs in the shower, go through choreography in your head while waiting in line – find moments to practice.
What happens if you’re trying to remember something and you can’t and your script is nowhere nearby? Do your best and then check with your script when you are able. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you are constantly fixing them.
It’s pretty easy to learn things incorrectly, so do check your script occasionally, even if you think you have everything just right. I’m a big fan of finding someone to run lines with and having them stop you each time you make a mistake – no matter how small. That way, you are forcing yourself to learn the author’s words correctly.
When it comes to music, have a dance party in your room. You have access to the music, so use it. For songs that require singing and dancing you can take turns focusing on singing or dancing, but make sure that you also practice doing both together. I know it’s hard to sing when you’re concentrating on the steps, but unfortunately you do have to be able to do both at the same time!
Whatever you do, practice, practice, practice. Repetition is key. And the reward is peace of mind, knowing that the hardest part of memorizing one’s lines is done. Of course, if you don’t continue to practice you’ll have to go through it all over again – so keep practicing, even when you think you have everything 100% learned.
See you Saturday,