The pandemic forced many of us to rethink the way we work and interact, and for me, it brought an unexpected opportunity to explore the world of remote rehearsals. During August, I ran vocal rehearsals for Tokyo International Player's upcoming production of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. What made this experience different was the use of Zoom technology that allowed me to conduct rehearsals from across the world.
Tokyo International Player often holds rehearsals at Our Space an intimate black box theatre in Hatagaya. When faced with the challenge of running rehearsals remotely, they suggested a brilliant solution – having multiple cast members gather at Our Space while I directed via Zoom. This setup ensured that I could be heard clearly in the space, and I could also hear the singers.
Working with the cast and pianist at Our Space allowed us to tackle the intricacies of duets in the show, a task nearly impossible when everyone is in their own remote location due to lag. While remote work has its limitations, including occasional lag that prevents me from conducting entries or singing along with the cast, it has proven incredibly valuable. Tomorrow night, I'll be thrilled to return to in-person rehearsals, but having the option of remote work is a game-changer.
Join us for I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
WHEN: Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th at 7pm; Saturday, October 28th at 1pm and 7pm; and Sunday, October 29th at 1pm.
WHERE: "Geki" Shogekijo Theater (Shimokitazawa Station on Odakyu and Keio Inokashira lines) MAP
The pandemic has taught us to adapt and innovate in the world of performing arts. Remote rehearsals, while not without their challenges, have expanded our horizons and provided exciting possibilities for the future of theatre.