Friday, August 22, 2014

Production Journal: Week Two - Blocking and Stage Fighting

Here we are with our second rehearsal behind us and things are beginning to take shape! I can't even begin to say how excited I am about how well things are going thus far. Starting this week we are focusing on blocking. Blocking is the specific movements during each scene; where the actors move on stage and the actions that bring the story together. The blocking in a scene is anything from a characters entrances and exits, to the usage of props and, something we began focusing on this week, stage fighting.

Ah, yes, the fight sequences. The kids always really love working on a good fight scene, but they certainly aren't the easiest to work on. The two biggest things are getting the timing down pat and making sure that none of the students get hurt. 

We're still a long way from having the fight seen down, but we're off to a great start. But over the next couple of weeks we'll get to spend more time working on it and other special movements.

Thankfully, for my sanity, the majority of the scenes, don't have fighting or anything too difficult. Most of our scenes are fairly simple and straight forward. Because we aren't working with most of props and scenery that we will have eventually, some of the substitutes (or lack there of) lead to some humorous slips and reactions.

These first few rehearsal are always some of the hardest. The cast is just beginning to get comfortable working together and for the most part they are still using their scripts. Once we have a firm foundation laid, things will begin to come together quickly and we'll get a better idea of what the final piece will look like.