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

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Chapter EightRehearsals

Types of Rehearsals

Typically, the very first rehearsal for a play will consist of a table read, in which the whole cast sits around a table and reads through the entire script, each reading his or her role. The stage manager may be asked to read the stage directions aloud or provide sound effects. The director may elect to do this instead— determine this before the rehearsal begins. Be sure to time all read-throughs of the script. This will give a frame of reference for approximately how long the play will be once it is in performance. Invite designers to this rehearsal. This is a great time for them to meet the cast, get to hear the script out loud, and give a brief presentation on their preliminary design ideas.

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