If you’re wondering what ‘tech’ means, and you probably are, it means the stage of the rehearsal process when the designers come in and all of the technical aspects of the production are put into place. Cues are set, and the team plots out the way the show will run. Over the last month, we’ve been watching the characters come to life. Now, it’s time to do the same for their world. You really get to see the shape a show is taking, and in that respect, it’s pretty exciting. It also means that opening night is right around the corner.
There is a lot of time and energy that goes into tech, and it’s awesome to see all the great ideas you’ve been hearing about put into action. Tech is always a long process, as it’s also the time to learn what does and does not work, and everyone has to be ready to think on their feet.
Over the years, I’ve been to my fair share of tech rehearsals, serving a number of purposes, and I’d be lying if I said this was my favorite part of the process. However, it is very necessary, and there are aspects that I’ll never tire of. Where else can you watch a modest home evolve into a concentration camp without leaving your seat? It’s when you first experience the change of tone a light cue can subltly convey; when you can truly understand the depth some underscoring can add. It is a time when you can appreciate all the hard work that is being put into a production, from all sides. There are amazingly talented designers working on this show, and you will certainly not want to miss it.
During tech rehearsals, there is a lot of downtime for actors. It is common for them to go off on their own, read, work on lines, etc. There was a point earlier this week, when I heard laughter during one of the scenes in the Ten Boom home, and I turned to see all of the actors from the end of Act I watching the play. It was really cool to see such interest and support, especially during their ‘free’ time. As an actor, it’s always a good feeling to be a part of a play that you wish you could watch. With this cast, the camaraderie and respect for the play and story itself is clear, which, while nice to see onstage, is even better to see filling the seats behind me.