Directing a musical is a job many amateur directors dream about, but it isn’t as simple as it may seem. If it is the first time you are trying to direct one, you will see its an overwhelming task. With research, planning, and organizing everything, your musical will be very successful. Follow these steps to act as your guide on directing a successful high school musical:
- Do thorough research on the project. Skim through the script and imagine how you want the project to be staged. Get in touch with other fellow directors to take ideas and guidance from. Visit other shows to learn from them.
- Schedule everything by breaking down the script into parts. This will make the production department be guided in preparing for everything as well.
- Take auditions and make selections on your cast. Define the appropriate characters to different members by picking the best.
- Once you have the cast and crew ready, schedule rehearsals with your team. A musical requires at least 4 to 6 weeks of rehearsals, but the duration can be adjusted according to your need.
- Provide all the actors with copies of the script, and guide them on memorizing it. Remain calm and patient with your amateur actors as they are young.
- Make an evaluation report of each actor, and hand it to him or her after each rehearsal. Always share with them their flaws and strengths to encourage them towards improvement.
In the last week before opening night, keep dress rehearsals, as costumes will make the actors feel more in their mannerism