September 12, 2008, Newsletter Issue #133: Lose the Script!

Tip of the Week

Scripts are great to have your nose in when youíre sitting around before rehearsal, or waiting for your turn, but get rid of it before you hit the stage. Many actors have become so accustomed to have an off-book date set for them that they will cling to every available second of script they can get during rehearsals until that date arrives. Trust me, donít wait, ditch the script fast. Learn your lines for a given scene in a given day. If youíre blocking Act I, Scene 1 then memorize that and nothing else for that day. Itís hard to do if youíre unaccustomed to it, but I swear by this method. It lets you learn your lines sooner, lets you become accustomed to moving in character without something in your hands and it lets you look your partners in the eye from day one. And if you canít remember all those lines? Well, thatís why there are those wonderful Assistant Directors. ďLINE!Ē

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