RULES FOR ACTORS
1. Be prompt! A late actor could be cut from a scene or from the entire show for tardiness. You may be replaced for being late more than three times. Directors see this as a liability that can affect whether or not to cast you in the future. Clear your mind and focus.
2. The show must go on! When the show hour begins and the curtain goes up, the show must be performed. Show the cast that you are reliable. When you change your mind about a performance commitment, know that you will be letting down the entire cast and crew.
3. Call us. We may call you as a courtesy, but it is your responsibility to call us if you cannot make rehearsal. We expect to be contacted if you become ill or leave campus early and do not plan on returning. Know that if you cannot be here, we may have to replace you in the scene you were not here for even if you have a legitimate excuse for missing rehearsal. That's show biz.
4. Come prepared. Every actor must bring a note pad, a clipboard or binder with a stiff surface, a pencil, comfortable clothing, and energy. Readiness shows the director and cast that you care about the production. Your lack of preparation could slow down the process. No one likes to waste time. No gum chewing on stage. Hair should be out of the face for it is the most expressive part of your body; it needs to be seen.
5. Be patient. When you become a part of a show, you will have to wait your turn before your scene is rehearsed. Use your time wisely. Study for a class or prepare your lines before your entrance. Plan ahead, but be prepared to wait in the wings. Remember, you have one director, one assistant director but there are many of you.
6. Maintain a balance. Participating in a show requires many hours of rehearsal time, one hour for every one minute on stage. Keep your grades above a 2.0; otherwise you will be dropped from the show at progress report time. That would be disastrous for all. Avoid low grades by scheduling time for studying, rest, and R & R. My classroom will be opened for use as a study hall and as a green room for those waiting for their cues. Respect the space. Clean up after yourselves. Do not use my computer unless I have authorized you to do so and steer clear of my desk when I am not in the room. You may use the telephone to call parents to secure rides only.
7. Keep an open mind. Some of the suggestions made are just that. Try the blocking ideas given. If we agree to change them, be prepared to redo scene until they are polished.
8. Rehearsals are closed. Our work is serious business. You cannot bring your friends just to hang out. Visitors are not permitted to linger in or near the theatre as they can be a distraction to our rehearsal process. Parents/guardians, however, are welcome anytime.
9. Respect the facility. No food or drink allowed in the theatre. Casual or excessive talking is not allowed in the theatre.
10. Memorize lines. I cannot stress enough how important it is to memorize your lines. No one can do this for you, but we can show you a few tricks of the trade to expedite line memorization.
11. Be Safe. Do not wander off away from the theatre and its surrounding areas. We do not want to have to go looking for you. Tell us where you will be at all times. No one wants to be dropped from the show close to performance for the inability to get along with others. For your safety and for the efficiency of the show, let us know you have arrived and/or that you are leaving each day. If an emergency arises, call us if you cannot make it to a rehearsal. Horse playing and/or arguing are not allowed on the set. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Everyone gets one warning. All school rules apply for rehearsal schedules and must be abided by all.
12. Take notes. Stage managers get upset when they have to constantly remind actors about certain things they should have written down themselves. Do your part and of course if you forget your blocking or cannot read your handwriting, the stage managers will help you. Be prepared for beginning and/or ending notes at the close of some rehearsals.
13. Communication is the Key. Sign in and out of all rehearsals. This is your responsibility. It will be difficult to keep track of all of you and the sets and the props.
14. Getting along is essential. There are no small parts, just small actors. No matter the size of a part, each person plays an integral part in making this show a success. Everyone is important and should be made to feel as such. Work out your differences so that you can maintain "good/positive" energy. It shows up in the work. Remember: the Director's word is final. Conflicts: if you are having difficulty with any person or situation that makes rehearsal a negative experience, please tell us right away. Don't wait until you get to the point where you want to drop because of differences of opinion. Allow us to help settle disputes immediately before they get out of hand. I am sure we can resolve most conflict situations together.
15. Have fun! We do this because performance helps students develop a "can do" attitude, increases confidence and builds relationships. So get ready for lots of fan while acting.