The remaining few weeks leading up to a production’s opening night can be the most stressful. After rehearsing for hours, things are going astray: The choreography doesn’t appear right, the performers are exhausted, and your operators need rest before their arms start falling off.
How do you avoid getting into this situation? How do you avoid an unproductive flying rehearsal?
1. Know What You Want In Your Story
Always know what you want before involving other people, and have your ideas solidified in your mind so you can easily express them to others. Write those ideas down! It’s good to brainstorm your ideas before going out and expressing them to your cast and crew.
2. Know Your Venue
Talk to your flying director about any problems your venue might have before they arrive in your venue.
3. Coordinate With Your Stage Manager
Scheduling and use the stage in the most efficient way. Hint: There is no such thing as communication too much — the more communication, the better.
4. Talk With Your Flying Director
Again, if you think you’re over communicating too much, you’re not. That’s a good sign that you’re expressing your ideas to everyone there about your characters and how you want your story told. If you have some aerial choreography in mind, share your ideas!
5. Master The Easy Stuff First
Rehearse the easier scenes first so the operators and performers can develop a “language” as they learn the system and get used to the harness. Leave the complex choreography for a later rehearsal.
6. Remove Extra Stress
Keep excessive activity in the space to a minimum during flying rehearsal. It will be easier for the flying director to be heard and will allow the performers and operators to focus.