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Line Runs
« on: Oct 18, 2017, 11:31 am »
Hi SM Network.

I've been asked to conduct a line run with our cast while the director is absent from the day's rehearsals. I've never done one of these before, and although it's pretty self-explanatory, does anyone have any advice or on how to set it up? Since it's a focus on lines, I presume that it's generally done without blocking. My plan is to tell the actors that they're welcome to mark their tracks as we go along but to not worry about any props/set pieces.


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Re: Line Runs
« Reply #1 on: Oct 18, 2017, 04:55 pm »
That's exactly right. You should be the only person on book. Everyone else should be present and ready to jump in. Of course, depending on the show, there may be long stretches where the bulk of the cast is not doing anything, so you need to (nicely) let them know to please just hang in and bring something quiet to do until it's their scenes — chatting and wandering off are not options and become very distracting.

Is it an Italian run (double time, quick cue pickup with no gaps between lines but reacting to each other) or just a super fast line run with no acting values at all, which is about whether or not you actually know your lines and cues? Either are legit, depending on what the director wants and what the cast needs. 



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Re: Line Runs
« Reply #2 on: Sep 02, 2018, 10:38 pm »
Any advice for running a rehearsal to help actors learn lines during the first week?


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Re: Line Runs
« Reply #3 on: Sep 18, 2018, 06:16 pm »
Any advice for running a rehearsal to help actors learn lines during the first week?

Usually in a professional production that wouldn't be an issue in terms of bulk memorizing of lines. The most common way of assisting the cast, in terms of a play, perfect their memorization of the script would be to make line notes and send them individually to each actor each day. In an academic setting,  if it is a high school for example the first off-book date could be just like a read through without scripts in everyone's hands and you conduct line notes off of that as a preliminary.


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