During the first few weeks of rehearsal, we concentrated a lot on the ensemble music. We spent hours in the Music Center working on each of our parts for different songs. We have also been spending a lot of time learning and perfecting our dance routines for various songs. Finally, we concentrated a lot on character, and how one portrays their role.
As we continue into the rehearsal process, we change up the schedule a bit, we start practicing more and more blocking, and solos and duets take time in the evenings to work on their singing parts.
Where everything becomes much more challenging is when everything needs to be put together. Being able to dance “We Go Together” is one thing, but being able to do so while singing the correct part and still playing your character is significantly more challenging. For this reason we make sure that we have everything we’ve previously done mastered. This allows Mr. Howard to concentrate on making us portray our characters rather than simply being able to execute the dancing and singing.