What makes up good rehearsal practice?
There are many different factors that altogether constitute good rehearsal practices. For example, you must always be punctual to rehearsals, and always make sure preserve a good, consistent attendance throughout the whole of the rehearsal process. This is important so that the optimum amount of practice can be undertaken, which means that the final performance will be as fluent and sustained as possible. Furthermore, if you are certain that you cannot attend a rehearsal, then it is of paramount importance that you should contact the remainder of the company, in order to re-arrange another suitable rehearsal.Also, the rehearsal space must be warm, but with a clear source of ventilation, as to make the performers comfortable during their rehearsals. The rehearsal space must also be in similar size and structure to the performance venue, in order to allow the performers to adjust to the atmosphere and dimensions of the real performance area. During the planning process in rehearsals, it is exceedingly important to make everyone feel confident and comfortable, so that they can share their ideas and feedback in group discussions, thus furthering the group’s progress. Even if members of the company do not agree with other member’s ideas, it is still vital that they listen, since everybody has a right to their own personal opinion. Positive feedback, support from peers and constructive criticism are also all invaluable, as when they are accepted they can help shape and adapt a performance. Personal issues should, without needing to be stated, kept strictly outside of the rehearsal.In order to allow yourself not to burn out, you should make sure that you do not schedule too many rehearsals, although you do need to constantly work hard during the rehearsal process, whether that be in or out of school. For instance, when outside of school, you can still rehearse or learn your lines. You should also be constantly aware of everyone’s job roles and responsibilities; creating a job description for each company member is a good idea too. One way that progress can be noted by the group is by keeping a detailed diary of the group work, in order to further the progress in the rehearsal process. This is also a very useful document to track personal progress. Moreover, a logbook is another very useful document, which can help enormously further progress, on the project you are working on and also on further commissions.Additionally, warming-up is essential to a good rehearsal, in order to prevent vocal strain, and cooling down after the rehearsal has terminated is equally crucial. This, however, is not all that you can do to help preserve your vocals, which help convey tone and expression, as examples – you can also make sure that you do not rehearse whilst needing nourishment of food or water; this will almost always make rehearsals harder to concentrate in too. Making sure you are always controlling your supplementary intake is not the only health and safety hazard to always be conscientious of, there are many more safety precautions to follow, including: clearing hazards from the floor; making sure fire exits are not blocked at all times; and making sure all electric cables are covered.Finally, the company should always be setting goals, reminders and to-do lists, in order to make sure that progress during the rehearsal process goes smoothly and keeps on track. Moreover, these targets should be reviewed at the end of each rehearsal, so that the company can check their progress and see whereabouts improvements are needed. In a similar fashion, it is extremely important that individual performers set their own personal targets and reviews them at the end of each rehearsal, for the same reason. Upon reflecting on the progress that the company and the individual themselves have made, the group should be able to gain a sense of achievement from their reflections, allowing them to