We can’t believe that our show’s premiere is a little over three weeks away! We’re so impressed with all the wonderful work that our actors have put into familiarizing themselves with their lines and signs and we thank you for helping them practice outside of rehearsal time.
Please remind your students that studying the script is like their Pinocchio homework – they will need to review for a short time every day between rehearsals in order to stay familiar with their lines, signs, cues, stage directions, and all the other work they put into their rehearsal time. We can’t get as much work done during rehearsal when actors have to look at the script to remember their lines, or when they forget their cues because they haven’t looked at their script in a while. Particularly in a show like Pinocchio where sign language is so crucial, it’s all the more important to have your hands free to sign and not hold your script. If your student is having difficulty with their lines or signs, please see me or any of the directors and we will be happy to help you however we can!
All actors are expected to be “off-book” – that is, have all their lines and signs memorized – from now on for Scenes 1 through 9. During our run-through of scenes 1 through 6 this Friday, actors will not be allowed to have their scripts onstage but may call “LINE” or “SIGN” during the scene if they need help. Students should also be familiar and comfortable with any scenes they’ve already received and started to practice during rehearsal. For Monday’s run-through of scenes 7 through 11, actors should be off-book for 7, 8, and 9, and be as memorized as possible for scenes 10 and 11.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.