Congrats to the cast of The Secret Garden!!!! I am so excited for the show! As we’ve gotten through a few music rehearsals, I thought I’d share some hopefully encouraging thoughts about rehearsing and the emotions involved.
Rehearsals for any production are stressful and tiring. Musical rehearsals are even worse. There’s the music, the lines, the blocking, the choreography, and the orchestra that all have to fit together seamlessly for a beautiful show. Needless to say it gets hectic. People get stressed, angry, exhausted, annoyed. Sometimes there’s yelling involved. People are frustrated with each other, themselves, the directors, or a bug on the floor. Anything could flare someone’s temper. Sounds like a blast right?
While it is no exaggeration that rehearsals are a difficult process to go through, they are also the most rewarding process of a production. That moment when you have no clue how a song goes, you’ve never heard it in your life, and by the end of one rehearsal you can sing all the way through it. Or when you’re performing a scene and you finally nail the emotion or the action that the scene needs. It may not be perfect but it is still an achievement. Those are the moments we should look forward to. Those are the moments that make it all worth it. We accomplish so much in rehearsals that I wonder how much we realize it. In a week, the cast of The Secret Garden has sung at least twelve of the many numbers in this musical. That’s twelve more than we knew on Monday! We’ve gotten off to a great start and it will only get easier and better. We should be proud of our hard work so far and continue working.
It’s always hard at first. And it’s going to be stressful at times – right up to the very end. But remember that each day, you get one step closer. It’s small steps, but each rehearsal we are learning and striving toward our goal together. It seems so slow and impossible. We look at the vocal score and see nine different parts all sing something different at the same time and we think, “This is nuts. We can’t do this. It’s too hard. We’ll never get where we need to be.” That is not true. The progress seems almost nonexistent sometimes. But it isn’t. If we really stop and think about where we were the first rehearsal and where we are now, it’s amazing the progress we have. So don’t get discouraged. Keep working hard and keep a positive attitude about everything. Rehearsals are rough but rewarding if we just keep things in perspective. Recognize the progress you’ve made and the tasks still left to do and keep the excitement for the show going. Because this show is going to be a great one!