Hi there! I did a preliminary search for guidance on this, but came up short. If there are existing threads, please shove me towards them! :)I always struggle with not having enough time for rehearsal and still having actors with scripts in hand during tech week. (I know, I need to be more firm on that part!) One solution I thought about is to audition for the fall play in the spring, thinking that I would then have the summer to play with the script and rough out blocking and visions. The students would have the summer to play with it as well. I would start rehearsals the second week of classes.
Have any of you doing a set-up like this? What are your thoughts and advices? Thank you!
P.S. I know, I COULD pick the play in the spring and go over the script during the summer, but let's be honest...I won't. I won't even pick a play until auditions loom - character flaw, yes, changable? Probably not, so that's off the solution shelf. And I know that some students still won't have looked at the play until rehearsals start, but if I can at least attempt to give them a headstart...
Thank you all for this wonderful feedback! Like a few others, my concern was alienating the freshmen. Luckily, I'm also the speech coach, and I REALLY push freshmen to do that and then I pull them into the drama program as well.
I really like the idea of casting the main characters in the Spring and then casting the ensemble/crowds in the fall. That would also allow me to do a bigger cast again next year. This year I picked a play with only 13 actors and had 25 try out. That was a hard day, putting up the cast list.The previous two plays I directed had huge casts and it was IMPOSSIBLE to get everyone to rehearsals when they were called. Some scenes in last year's play didn't have all actors on stage until tech week! I was juggling memorizing, blocking, crowd scenes, all in a very short time frame. Spring auditions would open that up more for me.And allowing 8th graders to audition would be great experience for them, even if they don't make it. I could make it like a practice audition for them.Thank you so much!!!