Up to this point, our rehearsals for Christmas Carol have been piecemeal affairs, mostly due to people’s schedule conflicts. This weekend’s rehearsals are all about putting these pieces together.
Yesterday, we assembled Act One. The goal was to work-through it and then run it non-stop. However, since the show is entirely double-cast we had to go through that routine twice.
I was in the first group to do the work-through. It did not go smoothly. We all just seemed unsteady on our feet and not at all in command of the action. We took about an hour longer than I thought we would. If this was the start to the day, we weren’t going get everything done, and we had to get everything done.
Here’s where the day started to turn in our favor. The second group integrated all of the changes beautifully, so we didn’t have to spend as much time rehashing old information. It was smoother.
We were late starting the full run-throughs, but by the time we got there, we were all much more solid. We finished with time to spare.
One would think that having two casts would cut rehearsal time in half. Quite the contrary. Being able to do and watch pulls every performance up. As long as everyone is paying attention.
We do it all again in a few hours. Act Two this time.