I had my first rehearsal for a staged reading of a one act play in the 2012 Young Playwrights Conference Reading Series in NY. What a fascinating process. We read through the play, with the playwright and her dramaturg, as well as our director. It's still a work in progress so lines were changed and characters were discussed. We then got on our feet to "stage" the play, which will be done script in hand. No props are allowed, only a couple of chairs. The stage manager reads the stage directions to help the audience visualize the set and circumstances. We only got halfway through the play by the time rehearsal was over.
We'll have one more rehearsal block of time on Monday morning, and then we'll be reading the play for an audience on Monday afternoon! It's very quick, but what an incredible opportunity for these young playwrights to not only have their play read but to get to see it on its feet.
Needless to say, I'll be spending today going through the script. I want to do my best for my young playwright!
My first performance on a stage was in grade school playing the Ace of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. (I still remember my song!?!) Living in upstate NY, I continued to perform at a very young age in my church choir and youth group, all the way through high school.