by: Jaden Holtschlag
Many people do not understand the whole after school process for someone who participates in sports and also the arts. Starting from the bell at 2:45, I have up to 30 minutes to go and talk to teachers or take a quiz or test if I am behind. At 3:20, I get changed for cross country and put on my shoes and (depending on the day) head towards the track for a workout. I do a mile for warmup and then stretch to get my body prepared. On this particular day, the cross country team did a system called the ladder, which means starting at 1000 meters, you decrease by 200 meters and you get a minute of rest in between (1000, 800, 600, 400, 200). I normally get done with all of this at 4:30-4:45.
After running, I have to go straight to rehearsal, where we are doing a sitzprobe. At a sitzprobe, the whole cast sits in a circle and we sing through every song in the whole show with our wonderful pianist, Nathan. Once I sign in, I get on stage, join the circle, and warm up my voice. If Erica, the music director, notices any incorrect harmonies or actors not singing loud enough during the sitzprobe, she will work with the specific group to get the harmony ingrained in their brains. After this we split rehearsal, which means Mrs. Mundy, the choreographer, takes a group of dancers and works with them on the number. Meanwhile, our fabulous director Mr. Bolen observes as we do a chunk of 4-5 scenes with blocking, music, and choreography, and after we finish, he gives us notes, and we do it all again.
Yes, it is a lot of repetition, but each time, you get to bring something new to the table, and Bolen will tell you if he loves it or hates it. After rehearsal, which tends to end at 7:30-7:45, all cast members expect an email from Shannon, our wonderful stage manager, which includes the rehearsal schedule for the next several days and a list of all things that have to be completed behind the scenes. Once I get home, I normally work for around 1-2 hours on homework, and get ready for bed at 10. Although the show is only 2 hours, many people don’t consider the countless late nights we spend rehearsing it the 2 months before the show opens.