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Sound and Music for the Theatre, 3rd Edition by James LeBrecht, Deena Kaye

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Rehearsals

Rehearsals are the preparation process that leads to public performance. The sound designer/composer needs this time to polish her craft in the same way that the actor needs rehearsal time to develop his character. If the actors rehearse with all of the design elements in mind, those elements seem integral to the production, rather than embellishments tacked on as afterthoughts. When the actors and director have an opportunity to interact with the sound designer’s work, the door to improvements and enhancements is opened.

Sound can help breathe life into rehearsals. As the actors work with the score or effects, they can respond to sound as if it were another character onstage and draw motivation from it. Very often, the only way ...

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