Rehearsals started in early January, and the show is coming together nicely. But, the biggest differences will come in the next week. This week is one of the most exciting of the year for us–Move week.
We start each year with rehearsals on the floor of a local elementary school gym. This is a great practice area, because it is roughly the same size as our stage, and it is available for rehearsals well before the stage is ready for us.
As rehearsals go on, we get more and more of our set pieces, but it is still difficult to envision the final product–it still looks like a gym floor!
Then comes move week. On Tuesday night, we moved all of the set pieces, props, backdrops, costume racks, and more to the high school where we perform. Between Wednesday and Saturday, we have people working on putting the final touches on the set every day from 9am – 9pm.
And then come the fun part… our first rehearsal. I absolutely love to watch the faces of everyone (especially the kids) as they come in and see the sets for the first time. The look on everyone’s face as they walk onto the stage for the first time. Suddenly, the director’s vision come to life before our eyes.
I’ll be honest, the first few rehearsals on the stage are rough–there are a lot of changes that need to be made once all of the set pieces are there. Before long, everything falls into place.
I find I go through a similar process with my writing. I am about 3/4 of the way to my target word count on the first book in a new series. I was working my way through, but felt like something was missing.
The other night, I woke up at 3:18 am, and it was suddenly all clear. I knew what was missing! I could see it!
In the days since, I have been hard at work adjusting the current story to this new twist. Much like those first few rough rehearsals on the stage, the tweaks will pay off in the long run. I look forward to having a story I can be proud of, and know that each rough patch will just making it stronger in the long run.
Do you find that something beautiful usually comes from the roughest times? What are some examples in your life?
For more information on our production of Annie (or to order tickets), check out our website! 🙂
- Preparing for a Role: Rehearsal Process (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Preparing for a Role: Production Week (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)