We were hoping to have the opportunity to rehearse all day as our extra half term rehearsal that we had organised didn’t go ahead due to various people being ill or just being unavailable to make it. However, this wasn’t possible as the tutors had timetabled for us all to perform our shows to the level 2’s and the rest of the TIE groups as a dress/practice run. I was initially quite worried doing this as I didn’t know if we were ready and I would have loved the opportunity to actually spend the limited time we had left rehearsing and polishing our performance instead of watching the other groups. Nevertheless, I stayed calm and composed and told myself that even if it didn’t go as well as it could it would still be good practice and challenge us to deal with the situation if it did go wrong. We opted to perform our piece first so we could get it out of the way, but also as we had already set up all our set and props earlier that morning so we could check it was all there and as we expected.
Luckily the performance actually went a lot better than I expected and proved that I shouldn’t have been so worried about it going wrong and that I should have confidence in my abilities and that everyone else in the group would have worked on things in their own time in the holidays to fix anything that went wrong in our run in half term. It was strange performing in front of our peers as we actually had reactions we could work off, rather than just preempting what our audiences may or may not say in response to our questions and moments of audience interaction. Although on another note it actually made it more difficult at times as lots of the audience members were heckling and being a lot more vocal than children would be in real life and made it quite hard work and ended up being unrealistic to how our audiences would be on the day.
There were moments in the dress run where things went wrong such as props not being in the right place or people fluffing on lines at certain points and although anyone who had a moment like this tried their best to carry on and work through it. One example being when the triangle wasn’t in the right place for when Josh needed it in the shape zapping scene and so had to drop out of character to go and retrieve it, which obviously wouldn’t have been a feasible option on the day!
I felt that it was maybe not as realistic to how we might react to it on the day, as certain members of the cast tried to make a joke out of it and make comments to audience members perhaps to shield embarrassment or just make some kind of statement. This irritated me slightly as I wanted to to be a truthful representation of how the show might play out tomorrow, however I know how hard it is to perform things such as children’s shows in front of peers (especially when they haven’t been involved in the process and don’t understand the complexities of it). T
Generally speaking I was really pleased with everyone’s characterisation and the energy and effort they put into the dress performance, especially Daytona who upped her game and showed dedication to her part and didn’t back down on the comedic moments (even though in the past she seemed embarrassed to do these in front of peers).