General - Rehearsal

Rehearsal is key to the development of your work. You always need to remember that you need to be focused during rehearsals and that every rehearsal has a purpose. Everyone needs to turn up and you need to make a note of when you are planning to rehearse. Not turning up does not create a good atmosphere for the next rehearsal. Remember that you are a team and that you must work together.

Action

To be successful

Advice or tips to help you

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· Planning and the purpose of the rehearsal

· Ensure that you know what the aim of the rehearsal is

· Be focused on the aim and objective of each rehearsal. Not knowing what to do can waste time.

· At the end of each rehearsal, decide the focus for the next one. Being focused during rehearsals means you can achieve something specific. Look at your action plan and base your rehearsal on this.

· Remember that if you don't turn up, it can affect what you wanted to achieve

· Make sure everyone in your group knows what they are doing and when the rehearsals are on by making a note in your action plan. Don't try to do too much - be specificas to what in want to achieve each rehearsal.

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· Using people skills

· Listen to each other

· Whatever has happened before the rehearsal, you now need to focus on the task at hand. It may be difficult - so set yourself a clear objective for that rehearsal and aim to achieve it.

· Talk to each other without raising your voices

· Being calm can solve most problems. Think about coming up with a solution and don't dwell on what is going wrong.

· Keep focused so as not to cause unease in the group.

· Everyone is trying, so if someone is struggling, give them support, not grief. Working together will create a strong sense that you have achieved something.

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· Focus and concentration

· Organise your time and be punctual

· Always check back on your action plan to check that you are rehearsing the right skills and that you are attending the correct rehearsals.

· Be on time - create a clear timetable for when you are going to meet and make sure it is clearly marked in your action plan. Refer to your action plan on a regular basis.

· Bring everything you need to make it a successful rehearsal

· If you need a script or a song, make sure you have it with you when you rehearse in a format you can use. Your rehearsal will not be successful if your equipment or resources are not working or if you don't have them with you.

· Ensure there is no distraction from others to avoid friction

· Only have your group in the room when you need to rehearse - friends will distract you.

· Not being focused can cause unease in the group

· Working together will create a strong sense of achievement.

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· Warm up

· Warm up before you rehearse

· Warming up your voice and your body can put you in a focused frame of mind and make the rehearsal more productive.

· Ensure that your warm up is fixed on your task

· Think about what will help your rehearsal - what are you warming up, and what its purpose is.

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· Vary your rehearsal

· Rehearse all parts of your performance at some point

· Vary where you start your performance during rehearsal, as starting from the beginning all the time means that you might never get to the end.

· Focus on the parts which need work, not only the parts you enjoy

· Start with the difficult bit and finish with the part you enjoy. Give yourself small targets if you are finding things difficult.

· Start in the middle sometimes, to help you get to the end

· By starting in the middle, you can then focus on being as polished at the end of the performance as you are at the start.

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· Visualise where your audience will be

· Know where your audience will be at all times

· Remember to mark out your performance space.

· Remember you are performing for an audience, so during rehearsal always think about your performance space. Place some chairs to show where your audience will be sitting.

· Try to practise as much as possible in the space where you will be performing. If not, get some chalk and mark out the space or place chairs to show the edge of your performance area.