Six rehearsal days left to go now and all the blocking/choreography is in place. The days of the segmented (show up for an hour or two to work on a scene) schedule is over. Now we get into the nuts and bolts of long days – putting all the segments together and finding the flow of the show. It is always very interesting to me how this happens, but especially in such an intensive schedule as we are in the midst of here.

Now the days are spent running the acts, refining the movement, songs and characterizations, and building what will be the finished product. After a day or two we will add costumes and lights and microphones. Then the magic really starts happening. Take costumes; I have always felt that putting on a character’s costume the first time, to actually rehearse in it, steps up 1) how the character feels emotionally, 2)  how he acts and reacts to the arc of the show that he effects and is effected by, and 3) how he treats other characters. It really is an external force, but non-actors can liken it to getting dressed up really sharp for a wedding or an occasion. You look in the mirror and you don’t just see – you feel, as well. I have rarely done a show where the costumes did not play a large role in my portrayal of a character. Some might call this acting from the outside in (a less desirable practice than acting from the inside out), but I know a lot about my character before I slip into his clothes. The costumes merely boost and somewhat refine the feelings I have about him.

As I said, we are now beginning the run-thru portion of our production’s preparation. All the lines should be memorized, all the steps to dances are in place, all the blocking in an advanced state. Now the fun begins, where relationships are molded, interpretations are refined and a “show” comes into being.

If you are interested in attending Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music at Beef and Board Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis, ticket information can be found by calling 317-872-9664. The show opens May 16 and runs thru June 30. Further info about the show can be found at .