Dress Rehearsals

A run that sets out to reproduce performance conditions as closely as possible. Costume, make-up, hair etc. may be in place for the first time.

1. Preparation of space
 - Auditorium to be cleared
 - Entrances and exits as for performance
 - Stage space, props and set to be set up as for performance

2. Times
Dress rehearsals should start at the same time as performances are scheduled
 - The Front of House Manager should be notified of the approximate running times, including the duration of the first half and the interval and the expected finish time.

3. Cast and crew arrive on premises
All cast and crew to sign in on arrival on the paper on the board at stage door (bottom of the stairs).
 - This needs to be taken in case of an evacuation.
 - All cast and crew to check for any instructions on the board.
 - All cast and crew to arrive in advance at a time agreed by the director that will allow adequate time for preparation.
 - Evening shows 6:30pm
 - Matinee shows 1:30pm

4. Stage Manager runs the Dress Rehearsal and Performances
 - The Stage Management team will run dress rehearsals and performances, calling times as agreed.

5. Rehearsal Notes
- Time should be built in to the rehearsal period for the director to give notes, both to cast and crew.
- It should be agreed beforehand, if at all possible, the optimum time for these notes to be given.

6. Preview performance
Complimentary tickets are not given for the performance run of any show other than to reviewers and press.
 - However, one dress rehearsal may, if required, be designated as a preview performance. - This provides an opportunity for those who have worked on the show, e.g. set-builders, Duty Managers, Box Office Managers or those have contributed significantly to it, to see the performance.
 - It also provides the actors and the whole company with an opportunity to perform before a friendly audience.

7. Dress Photographer
Invite photographer to 1 / 2 dress rehearsals.