We rehearse for 8 hours a day from 12 to 8 pm, yet I start preparing in the hotel room before that, and recapping and preparing for next day’s rehearsal happens at night.
The play consists of a number of vignettes, all of which include singing and dancing. At dance rehearsals I have noticed older injuries starting to creep back, both my left knee and left ankle are being iced as I write this.
Vocally I have to put so much effort into getting back my range and also delivering crisp and clear words.
Working with professional actors is also a bit different than what I experienced in Jordan. Working under the actor’s union rules also creates certain restrictions.
All I know is that I really need to get back into the groove of things, and as many have said ” its like riding a bike again” it takes work , work and more work.
I am now trying to find my approach to playing Ibn Battoutah who serves as the “Hakawati” or storyteller. I am reading as much as humanly possible about him and his travels. Being such a major part of the play this is making this challenge a tough one.
Well, I guess I need to get back to creating this character and stop fooling around online.