Skill-Less in These Parts – Reflection on 7th Henderson Rehearsal

“Being skill-less in these parts, which to a stranger, unguided and unfriended, often prove rough and unhospitable”   – Antonio (Act 3, Scene 3, Lines 9-11)

So full disclosure, I was not actually at this rehearsal due to a travel conflict.

However, both of my amazing partners were able to be there and filled me in on what I missed.

Since we were getting closer and closer to performance day or P-Day if you will, we knew we needed to start working on blocking with the troupe.

However, since that can come off a little dull, the group also played a number of theater games to help make the day more entertaining.

Apparently they were very popular and focused largely on helping our students work on adding emotion into their voices when they read their lines.

So while perhaps not as much actual blocking was done as expected, it was clearly still a productive and enjoyable day for all those involved.

However, at the time I should have been posting this blog, we were under the impression that we had one more rehearsal before Thanksgiving Break, then of course the last one before P-Day.

Instead, Higher Achievement was hosting an early Thanksgiving party for their students and families, so we only have one more rehearsal before the final production.

And honestly, I’m not even that worried about it.

Have I suddenly reached a perfect state of zen that allows me to cycle through my worries in a rational and calm manner?

Of course not.

But we’ve reached the time of the year where I’m basically only 15% of a person.

I’m kidding. Mostly. I am serious about not being too worried about the performance though.

Despite their occasional large bursts of energy, we have a good group, and I think tomorrow will be more than enough to walk them through the basic blocking we need to make sure they can do onstage.

I am slightly worried about how many students we will actually have show up though.

Guess we’re just going to have to wait and see.

Who knows, maybe my final blog post will be about me explaining how I played five different Shakespeare characters in one night.