In Philly, Boston or Buffalo
A chance for stage folks to say hello
Another openin' of another show!"
I often think of this opening number from "Kiss Me Kate" when I gear up to produce or direct another show. There are so many things to consider in the planning stages -- script, score, budget, teaching the songs, blocking the scenes, choreography, casting, costumes, sets, lights, sound, musicians, programs, hall, seating ...
"Eight weeks, you rehearse and rehearse.
Four weeks, and it couldn't be worse.
One week, will it ever be right?
When out of the hat it's that big first night!"
Probably the biggest worry for me is how to organize the rehearsal sessions so that all the work gets done in time and in good order. In Children's Theater, you usually do not have the luxury of dedicated rehearsal space and unlimited practice time. You must plan every minute of the few rehearsal sessions you get with the kids and hope for the best outcome. Hopefully you can recruit enough helpers -- music director, choreographers, stage manager, costumers, set builders, backstage cast wranglers, and especially an assistant director to help you manage everything. From auditions to the opening curtain, all of these worries can be overwhelming unless you have a good plan. With some diligence and effort, all of the details can fall into place and you will be able to enjoy the experience of working with the children. That's the most important part. Let them make theater MAGIC and have fun!
You cross your fingers and hold your heart.
It's curtain time and away we go!
Just another op'nin' of another show."
Break a leg!