Here’s a peek of her latest blog post:
On the football field and on the stage, things go wrong. A missed pass, an interception, a fumbled kick… expected foibles in a game. A forgotten line, “costume malfunction,” or rainfall in an outdoor theater…expected problems in a performance. Yet, as fans and audience members know, The Show Must Go On and sometimes the players and actors and dancers just…improvise. So how do players and actors do it?
When a theater director and actors rehearse, often 6-7 hours per day, six days a week, they review and experiment with how the actors will speak, inflect, and move in specific scenes. The actors repeat the scenes with one another, in front of the director, and in a whole group, sometimes hundreds of times. The week before the play opens is “tech week,” a beta test of the entire production, to make sure everything works perfectly. Actors wear costumes and use the props, the lighting and sound/music enters, and scene shifts happen just as they will during the run of the play.