[caption id="attachment_966" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Ok, I'm cheating - this is not a first read through! But encourage your cast to act as well as read the lines.
Pic by Tom Flathers (as if you didn't know)[/caption] Also in this series: Offbeat Directing 1: The Vision Quest Offbeat Directing 2: Understanding the Script Offbeat Directing 3: Dreaming and Planning Offbeat Directing 4: What Does the Director Do? Offbeat Directing 5: Trial by Audition You've just survived the painful experience of casting the play and your chosen actors are assembled for the first read through. You would love it if they've actually read the play, thought about it and got to know their characters a bit, but just having read it would be ok for now! You all sit in a circle …. now what? This can be one of the most awkward moments and it's easy to fill the awkward silence by rabbiting on about your vision, how you see the set and the costumes, what you think it's all about and many other valuable insights you've collected over the months you've been working on the play. But don't do that, it's really not the right time! People are nervous - get them reading pretty quickly! They don't want to listen to the director (not too much anyway) - they just hope they don't sound foolish or pronounce that strange word on page 24 incorrectly (they will - ignore it). (more…)
Essential skills for all things theatrical