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Stage Management Basics by Katy McGlaughlin, Jonathan Allender-Zivic, Emily Roth

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Chapter TwelveDress Rehearsals

Dress rehearsals should be run as though they were performances. All possible final aspects of the show should be in place and actors and crew should act as though there is an audience in the house. At this point, actors should no longer be sitting in the house during the run. Actors should be in full costume and crew should be in blacks or costume. Since many times this is the first run with costumes, holds may need to be called for changes that cannot be made, but when possible, avoiding holds is preferable. Depending on the complexity of the change and its impact on the timing of transitions, you may run a few of the costume changes before the first dress rehearsal.

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