If you are a member of the theater community, you know well that tech week is the time where a show falls apart and comes back together again. Tensions are usually high among the cast and creative team because everyone is working under minimal hours of sleep and a tight schedule to get the show up and running. So here are some tips to help you get through and survive a tech week.
(P.S. Find another snack for rehearsal other than cookie dough if you're trying to avoid salmonella poising...)
2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Trust me, I know it's really hard not to be offended when you have a director, choreographer, music director and costume designer all yelling at you at the same time. BUT, this is what we signed up for. Putting up a show is a difficult process and tech week is the culmination of everything. Everyone is just trying to get their job done and sometimes they take their own aggravation and tension out on other cast and crew members. While I'm not saying this is OK by any stretch of the imagination, just try not to take it personally because I promise they most likely do love you and will not mean it later.
3. Bring Activities To Do
Tech week has endless hours of lighting, re-staging, and fixing numbers that will need lots of work. If you're not in these numbers or scenes, you are most likely sitting in the house and watching from the audience. To avoid going insane from the sheer boredom of staring at lighting cues for 10 hours, bring your laptop or any work that is due in the next week to keep yourself occupied. Because if you try to distract yourself by talking to a friend, you will most likely get a not-so-happy comment from the creative team to be quiet.
4. Stay On Top Of Your Work
I have no idea how it always happens, but tech week has this magical way of falling during the busiest time of the semester. I always have multiple papers due, test to study for and homework up the wazzo during tech week. It's really inconvenient and pretty stressful, but if you stay on top of your work and do it when you're not on stage, everything will work out. The real stress sets in when you spend an entire run of the show in the green room socializing, and realize during notes that you still have hours of homework and studying to do after you're released at 11:30 p.m. So save yourself the lost hours of sleep, and do some work whenever you can.
5. Stay Positive And Happy
All in all, if you follow these simple steps you will definitely survive tech week and will most likely even enjoy it! Spend the time laughing and loving your cast members because after tech, the run begins. With every opening night comes a closing, so don't rush the process and enjoy every step along the way while it lasts!