As June turned to July, we also went from being able to use our scripts and musical scores to being “off book”. Slowly but surely, each scene was worked. Entrances and exits, tweaks to the wording, ideas on how to use props and moving of stage pieces for scene changes were all added. Each scene built upon the other, until we were ready to do a full run through of Act I.
Everyone gave it our best and it actually didn’t go too badly, for our first try. The next week, we ran through Act II and once again, we did fairly well. Of course, this was all leading up to a full run through of the entire play. We’ve run through it a number of times now, and it keeps getting better and better.
One hot Sunday evening, after we’d done a full run through during the afternoon, Emily advised us we’d be doing an "Italian Run Through" in the evening. What’s that? It’s a rehearsal where the actors deliver their lines and perform their actions as fast as they can. As you can imagine, it made for a fun and funny rehearsal, especially since everyone was also encourage to try completely new and different actions along with their lines. It was a great way to cap off a long day of rehearsals, and brought some pizzaz back into the following few rehearsals as well.