I have not had to have morning rehearsals on any consistent basis since my college days. This production has all of its Saturday rehearsals at 10 in the morning, (which is not really morning to alot of people.)Today was one such rehearsal.
We ran two scenes today that I am essentially off book for. I had the book on my hand, but rarely referred to it. This of course, makes a scene far easier to play, but it was mostly about getting blocking done this morning. In fact, we were all instructed after a while to read right from the script, if we were not totally off book, just so we could practice the blocking properly.
The blocking, of course, is a challenge, as there are 7 people milling about at any given time, in a rather small performance space. Plus, a lot of standing around is called for in this dialog based play, so that furthers the challenge even more. But we will get it, of course. At least today we did get to practice in our performance space. If I read my schedule correctly, that is the last time we will be able to do that for several weeks...
I am lucky, in one scene. I essentially enter, and sit in the background for 90 per cent of the scene. My fellow actors get to learn the complicated dance of moving around each other without blocking too many people. I must laugh a bit at this, but only because I must play the game myself in most other scenes, though not as much as others. By his nature, Geoffrey is in the background, observing alot, anyway.
I have not seen my costume yet, which is a tunic of some sort, but have been instructed to find black sweatpants or something to wear underneath it. I will go shopping for them in the coming week.
One week from today we need to be off book.