Tech week is one of my favorite parts of the rehearsal process even though it can also be the most intense period of time. New technical elements are constantly being added, but the same amount of focus is required every day as during an actual performance. All of the moving pieces can sometimes be frustrating and cause tensions to run high.
And yet, tech week is also the time when I start to feel like the show truly comes to life. After spending countless hours with the ensemble reading the script, practicing in music rehearsals, and memorizing lines and blocking, now is the time when we are able to shift our focus from all of the intellectual work that we've done to being in the present moment with each other. The addition of lights, costumes, and props allows us to fully embody our characters and to truly live in the world of the Founding Fathers that we are portraying.
It is a truly incredible experience to be backstage with such amazing women and to feel all of our energy and focus being directed toward a common goal. I am constantly amazed by all of the incredible work done by my colleagues in the cast and production team; every day they inspire me to come to rehearsal as my best self, knowing that they will be there to help me when I need it in the same way that I am there to support all of them.
Above all, this is why I love tech week: the ensemble transforms from individuals focused on their individual pieces of the puzzle to a community of people working together to tell a story. I can't wait to share our story with everyone!