Before the set is in place -- before the lights and the makeup and the props -- there's rehearsal. More than learning the lines; the director and the actors block each scene, carefully considering sightlines, movement, emotion and impact. They discuss motivation, character, and the relationship these have to the writer's theme and thoughtfully incorporate these into a well-crafted performance. Amidst the confusion of stage crew, carpenters, and technicians, the actors continue to hone their roles until all of the elements are brought together on opening night.
Then, if everyone has done their job well, the rehearsals are forgotten, the audience never suspects, and our imagination and belief are suspended for a brief time on stage.


Tupelo Community Theatre, P. O. Box 1094, Tupelo, MS 38802, 662-844-1935, or e-mail us