I went home sick today – how do I let Mrs. Blanchard know I won’t be at rehearsal at the last minute?
Email Mrs. Blanchard a quick note.
I have a dentist appointment next week – when do I let Mrs. Blanchard know?
Email Mrs. Blanchard as soon as you know this kind of conflict – the early notice will let her plan rehearsal around your character.
How do I know what scenes I’m in?
Look on the “Who’s in Which Scene” chart on this website; find your name and follow it across, noting which scenes you’re in. It’s a good idea to mark these scenes on your script.
Where do I get my copy of the script?
Because The Little Mermaid has a large number of ensemble parts, not every actor will get a physical copy of the script. However, copies will be handed out at the Parent/Cast/Crew meeting on November x. If you are wondering whether you need a script, you can email Ms. Cook, but chances are she will have found you if you need one.
How do I find out when I’m due at rehearsals?
Rehearsal schedules are published in two week spans and are always posted to the website under “Rehearsal Schedule.” Any changes to this are noted in the “News Alert!” column on the website’s home page. It’s each actor’s responsibility to check each of the website pages every day and to show up for her/his rehearsal times.
Rehearsal is running over and I have sports practice tonight: what do I do?
You can always quietly leave for other appointments if rehearsal is running past the posted time – simply motion to Mrs. Blanchard that you are leaving. If you know that you must leave soon after a scheduled rehearsal, email Mrs. Blanchard about it that morning so she can make a special effort to keep rehearsal on schedule. We do our best to keep rehearsal on time, but things can slow progress; chief among them: kids talking during rehearsals. Please do your part in not talking in the auditorium or on stage during rehearsals.
I’m on stage and Mrs. Blanchard is giving instruction to another group of actors. May I talk or whisper with my group?
Nope. The stage is designed for voices to carry, and your whisper can be heard not only by Mrs. Blanchard, but the whole auditorium! Once actors are on the stage, they should not talk at all!
I’m on stage and I have a question about something Mrs. Blanchard just said. How do I ask it?
First, ask yourself if you can learn the answer by watching what others are doing in the next few minutes… If you – and everyone else – stop rehearsal to ask Mrs. Blanchard a question, we will never keep rehearsals moving along. Listen and watch – many of actors’ questions are answered in the moments after the rehearsal starts. Alternatively, make a mental note of your question, then email it to Mrs. Blanchard later in the day – she will be able to take more time to address it and give you a fuller answer! If you feel you really need to know something immediately, raise your hand and wait for Mrs. Blanchard to call on you.
When will we get costumes?
Probably not until late January, but we will take measurements as soon as rehearsals begin. We have to inventory what we have in the Costume Vault first, then figure out how many other pieces we need to find. Fittings are generally done in groups of like characters so that people can try on several things to see what fits best.
Can I take my costume home to wash it?
Yes, but it needs to be returned and hung up the next day. We have a limited supply of “back-up” costumes, so if you forget or lose a piece of your costume, there very well may not be a replacement here at the theatre.
It’s Show Day and I can’t find a piece of my costume; what do I do?
First, look around your area and the room you dress in – many items have simply fallen out of your box or were misplaced during the fracas of getting ready for a show. If you recall that you left the item at home, then call a parent to bring it to you. If, after these measures, you still don’t have your costume piece, go see Ms. Cook or another member of the Costume Crew in the classroom across from the Band Room. Costumes were created with great attention to the production, so please do not swap a piece of your costume out without approval from the Costume Crew – modern-day items are very noticeable on stage and can distract the audience from the entire scene.