Now that the cast has learned the songs, it is time for blocking. which means that the director reveals to the cast how he wants the individual scenes to run on stage. Spamalot is broken down into two acts with ten scenes each. Similarly, the director broke down the rehearsal schedule for weeks three and four into scenes, and only the actors who are involved in those scenes need to come in for the blocking rehearsals.
My first appearance on stage is as the Announcer, so I am the first cast member to be seen. Once I have set the stage, so to speak, the show begins with the Historian. The scenes flow from one to the next until the end of Act I, at which time there is a short intermission. Act II commences after the intermission and runs through the Finale.
Because many of these scenes flow, several of the blocking rehearsals involved multiple scenes. As one of the Monks, my character's next appearances were in Scene 3 and 4, so the blocking was done together.
Some of the scenes contain singing and dancing, so the music and the choreography are then incorporated into the blocking of the scene.
With our choreographer leaving, the cast had to step up their game to be able to complete all the choreography and blocking before she left. As such, the first time the cast had a chance to see how all the individual scenes fit together was during the run-through that occurred on October 14.
It was amazing to see these scenes run back to back. In all my years of performing and participating in community theater, I have never seen such a hard-working and professional cast. Not a single person was "on book" (meaning they had their script in front of them) when we ran the first act.
Blocking continues through Thursday, October 17 before we move out of the rehearsal space and onto the stage on Friday for our first run-through of the entire. play. This show is going to be amazing.