Our Star 12&3 students age 7-16 will soon be presenting their productions of The Wizard of Oz. Right now we are in the thick of the rehearsals. Here are our top 5 tips on how to keep rehearsing outside of the rehearsal room.
The build-up to a show is very exciting, it’s like creating a massive jigsaw puzzle and the sense of achievement when all the pieces fit, is wonderful. Training in the performing arts is just like any other kind of training, to perform to the best of your ability, you must put the work in, both inside and outside the rehearsal room.
But why is it a good idea to work on your material at home? How does this make you a more skilled performer? How does this make the show more enjoyable?
Here are 5 tips that will help you with your show prep, so that you can perform to the best of your ability:
(1) Bite-size chunks.
The best way to work on your script/songs/dances is to break them down into bite-sized chunks. When you are confident that you’ve learned a small section of the material, move on to the next section. This will really help you to feel confident when you’re back in the rehearsal room. It will also help you to feel confident on stage when you’re performing in front of the audience.
(2) Every little helps.
When you’re just a few weeks away from a show, the best approach is to work on your material every day, even for a short period of time. This will give you time to process what you’re learning and to build on your performance.
Why not invite a friend or some friends from the cast to your house for a drama play date! You can have fun together, helping each other with your lines, songs and dances. You can use this time to develop your performance and to encourage each other.
(4) Test yourself.
If you’re rehearsing your lines, ask your parents/siblings/friends to test you on your lines. Make sure you’ve learned them correctly and practice saying them clearly. If you’re working on a song, start with the vocal track, then use the backing track, to check you know the words.
(5) Anytime is a good time to rehearse.
You can record your lines and listen to them on the way to school, or you can listen to the songs in the car and get your family singing along! Think about the time you have available each day and set aside a short amount of that time for your rehearsals. The more confident you are, the more you’ll enjoy the performance.
Have fun and be prepared!