Today we are doing a technical run-through for Inspecting Carol. What happens during a tech run-through is that the crew and cast get to rehearse many of the cues with audio and lighting as it will be in the play. The object is to do a first pass at working with the lights, sound, props, and costumes together, to see where problems might have to be addressed. The difference between a run-through and a full tech rehearsal is that in the former, only the lines that are cues for technical effects or affect the design and technical aspects of the show somehow are performed. In a tech rehearsal, the actors perform the entire play.
Image credit: All photos by Craig Orsinger/Burien Little Theatre
Director Maggie Larrick and stage manager Cyndi Baumgardner are also taking this opportunity to get the actors used to the stage, which was finished yesterday. Steve Cooper, who designed the stage and the lighting, has been scurrying around making last-minute adjustments.
Steve had to take over lighting design after our original designer was called away for a family matter. Here he is putting gels in frames near the play’s theatre set:
Gels change the color of the lights to set moods, highlight particular aspects of the set or costuming, or suggest a particular setting. Often times, these must be changed as other aspects of the show’s colors and design are altered.
We’ll do a quick run through this afternoon to get the light cues done, then a break, then we go try with sound, props, and set dressings.