Your Energy

I sat in a few separate rehearsals recently where the directors and the stage managers gave lengthy opening speeches about how much fun their rehearsals were going to be. They droned on and on about how important it was to them that their rehearsals be both productive and fun. On and on they went. While the cast and crew became less and less interested and excited.

Oh, you were there too?

If you’re the leader, it’s up to you to create and maintain a rehearsal worth your cast’s interest and engagement. If you are having trouble with your cast or production team staying focused in your rehearsals or meetings, I hate to tell you this, but if you’re the leader, it’s your fault.

Don’t ever forget, the best and most important thing you bring to the process is your energy.

Don’t get too caught up in the rules. Let mistakes happen.

Yes, and… whenever possible.

Take breaks. The charge we get from leading the process is helpful to maintaining our energy. But it does not create an endless transfer of energy to our cast.

Drink coffee.

Drink water.

Get plenty of rest.

Plan.

Clean and quick transitions from scene to scene are not only the key to maintaining energy on stage, but they are also the key to maintaining energy in rehearsals and the creative process.

Also, keep in mind, it’s not just the director or the stage manager or any other important sounding titled person that gets to be the leader.

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