An Actor’s Guide to Tech Week
Ahh, tech week. If you’ve ever been in a show, you’ve been through it. It can either be the most fun you’ve ever had, or the worst experience of your life. However, it’s easy to get through if you know how to do it correctly. So, here’s the basic Actor’s guide to surviving
1. Know your show. Study your script during tech week, even if you’re off-book (which you should be during tech week). One of the hardest things to do is memorize the order of the scenes, so making a track is the best idea. Sit down with your script, and make a chart with four columns: Scene, Enter, Exit, and Props/Costumes. Fill in where/when you enter, exit, and what props or costumes you need for that scene. ALWAYS have it with you.
2. Stay energized. Get as much sleep as possible during tech. Do your homework BEFORE you get to tech, so you can go to sleep as soon as you get home. Don’t forget to eat; a yogurt before rehearsal is not going to keep you energized. Eat a nice dinner with plenty of protein to keep you energized. Not too heavy, not too light.
3. Pack your bag. You should have the following items at every tech; a refillable water bottle (or at least two plastic bottles), healthy snacks, proper clothes, the shoes you’ll be wearing in the show, ponytail holders (for anyone with long hair), your track, your script, your score, and a pen/pencil to take notes with. For every dress rehearsal, add all undergarments (leotards and stockings), bobby pins, a hair brush, all of your makeup, and a personal mirror to your bag. Deodorant also isn’t a bad idea, especially if it’s a high dance show or you’re in a crowded, hot, dressing room. If you take your costumes home or need to bring in pieces, don’t forget them. If you have extra time, do your hair and makeup at home (or as much of it as you can).
4. Be patient. Tech can take a long time, and you might find yourself with some down time. Remember to pay attention at all times, and tech will go a lot quicker/smoother. The less you talk, the more the director will be able to get done. And try to be patient with your fellow actors; everyone’s stressed.
5. Get excited! You’ve got a show coming up! Stay positive, even when things get rocky. The more you psych yourself up about the show, the more excited you’ll be to come to rehearsal, and the happier you’ll be to get there.
Break a leg!