ASPIRE BLOG: An opportunity to learn

The Easter break is upon us and I cannot believe we are already halfway through the ASPIRE rehearsal process. As we say farewell for a couple of weeks it’s important that we understand just because we are having a couple of weeks break the commitment to ASPIRE doesn’t have a rest as well.

When we return in Term 2 we will start working with the other ensembles every week and seeing the production really come together. In order to work effectively you need to ensure you know all your lyrics and lines off by heart. You need to be on top of everything you have learnt this term so you are ready to really work with it onstage. Any choreography should be in your heads and well-practiced so you know what you are doing on every beat of music. Speaking of music if there are passages that are difficult practice them over and over so everything can start being rehearsed at tempo when you return.

I would dedicate some time to thinking about the show as well. Just go through the running order of items and think about how they link together. If something doesn’t make sense to you, or you’re confused about why a certain piece is relevant or how it fits into the piece send me an email about it. I am going to expect that all cast members are clear about the running order of the show, so if I say we’re going to look at the first half of act 1 next term everyone will know what items I’m talking about.

The next couple of weeks are your opportunity to get your heads around the production. As you learn lines or practice music do it in the order it comes in the show. If you know you are going to be onstage for something but haven’t worked on it yet in rehearsals, think about the character you are going to be playing so that you can layer that onto the blocking or movement when you are taught it early next term.

Thinking about what you’re doing is an important part of being in a production so please do take the time to do it over the Easter break. I will be very happy if I receive 115 questions via email about the production. Not just because it will make me feel very popular and I will know that you are all doing your homework. It will make me question and evaluate the script and the story and how clear it is for the audience to follow which is the biggest part of my holiday homework. Essentially this term has been about learning things separately, now we have a show to put together so let’s make sure we’re all prepared to do it.  

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Anna Kerrigan

Anna is the Artistic Director of ASPIRE, an audition-based drama, dance, music and creative and performing arts program produced by the Catholic Schools Office of Maitland-Newcastle.