WARNING - GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOU SHOW IN REHEARSAL AND THE PERFORMANCE

Advice from an acting teacher to apprentice actors (not in a conservatoire).

 There is a difference between work in process (rehearsal) and the performance.
 From my experience, only a few students show work in rehearsal which matches the results in performance. Great if you do! I want you all to achieve this!
 So my notes to you have to be about your potential. There could be things I miss in my notes when you rehearse.
  You might feel: 'Why didn't you tell me that before?'.
 The answer is that you managed to achieve so much more in your performance. There may be new things that you show for the first time, changes in pace and 'focus', different objectives, and crucially, the parts relate to the whole in a new way.
 Of course, I want you to achieve the best in performance. But you have to put in the hard work in rehearsal and from the 'get-go'.
 Another reason for differences in my notes between rehearsal and performance is this: There is something that I have not noticed before! (I am not perfect!) It is in the nature of creative performance that it takes time to grow, and time to think about it. There just will be more that you achieve in performance than I can see in your rehearsals.
 In conservatoire training, there is not such a yawning gap between what is seen in rehearsal and the showing. And that is because there is so much more time for rehearsal.
 This can be a problem if you do not commit yourselves to enough rehearsal. Because of this gap, I do not see enough evidence of the showing early enough. I can only work with what I see in rehearsal.

 

 

 

 

 

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