We’re almost a month and a half into rehearsals for “Utopia Limited” and we still have about a month and a half to go until opening night on March 26th.
I’ve spent these first weeks creating rough staging and choreography for the entire show. At this point in time everyone in the cast should know when and where to enter and when and where to exit. They should also have a good idea of what to do during their time onstage, including some nifty little bits of blocking and choreography.
I call this the “big strokes” phase of rehearsal. Scripts are still in hand because lines, lyrics, blocking, and dance steps aren’t yet committed to memory. We’ll work in this phase for a bit as the words, music, and movements all come together. And then we’ll re-visit the entire show with a much smaller brush — creating intricacies and nuances, expanding upon what’s currently working, ditching what isn’t quite right, and feeling our way forward toward a well-tuned and thought-out performance.
I’ll try to keep you posted along the way.