Learning Lines

Learning Lines
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     challenging words:    bedtimeonly, italics, linesimagine, linesread, linesrecord, pagelink, highlight, script, reading, cues, visually, pages, director, hearing, rehearsal, exit

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Learning Lines
By Brenda B. Covert

1     You want to be an actor. You tried out for a new play. You just got the call! The director cast you in a minor role! It's a small part, but you don't mind. It's going to be your first time on stage. You feel certain that you can handle this small part.
2     After you read the script, you realize that you have to memorize your lines. You face a moment of panic! How can anyone expect you to memorize your part? It seems like too much work. How do other actors memorize their lines?
3     At the first rehearsal, the whole cast sits around a table. Each person has a script. You take turns reading your lines. This helps you understand the story that you're to act out. You learn about all the characters in the play. No one is expected to know their lines yet. What a relief!
4     After several readings of the play, you take a highlighting marker and highlight all your lines. That helps you keep track of your lines. You don't highlight the business. Business refers to the notes in italics that tell you what gestures or actions to take. You would be very embarrassed if you spoke your business aloud. Help me find my baby! Exit, stage left.

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