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Our lead role had a heat attack
« on: Today at 04:53 am »
Weíre two days out from opening night and our lead has had a heart attack today - Iím told the doctors think he will be ok but definitely canít do the show.

We donít have an understudy and are looking for someone willing to pick up a major role where they need to memorise 20 pages of dialog where theyíre doing almost all the talking.

Does anyone have advice to help someone learn the show as quickly as possible?

Iím thinking of wiring up an ear piece so someone can prompt if necessary in the first few shows. Has anyone tried that? I wonder if it would be distracting.


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Re: Our lead role had a heat attack
« Reply #1 on: Today at 11:21 am »
Wow, that's a rough situation! To be honest, you're probably not going to find anyone who can MEMORIZE the role in two days, with no notice.
I would suggest focusing on getting them to memorize their blocking, not lines. Then, make them a hand-held script: about half page size, single sided containing only their scenes, and bound or stapled on the edge, not three-ring. They can keep it in one hand and reference it as necessary. Make an announcement at top of show about the situation, stressing how great it is that X performer could step in with such short notice.
Audiences forgive many things when you let them in on the human issues that get in the way of a perfect performance.
I hope your actor feels better soon!
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