The Pinheads dance

The Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s last show of the year, The Elephant Man, opened on March 16, and ran until March 24 at the Glebe-St. James United Church.

I had the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal for the upcoming show to get some insight on what happens in a rehearsal. Sitting in gave me a chance to see what goes on in getting ready for a show and how the actors feel about rehearsals.

During the rehearsal, I sat down with Meg Sutton, Megan Harvey, and Molly Elise to get their perspective on rehearsals.

The Elephant Man is Molly’s first show with the Sock ‘n’ Buskin, and therefore her first experience of rehearing with the company.

“There’s definitely a lot of fun, there’s a lot of energy. I came in not knowing anybody and there’s so much positive energy when we do rehearsals and warmup and start to get down to the serious acting parts of it, it’s a really positive space, and it’s a lot of fun,” Molly said.

While rehearsals are time consuming and tiring, they are also helpful for the actors in ways of helping the actors become less nervous about going on stage, having the time to memorize their lines, and be prepared for when the show opens.

“Well it’s really cool because every show has different rehearsals, there’s different vibes and different warmups and exercises, but for Elephant Man in particular, I find Mary is really good at making everyone feel welcome,” said Meg.

“She’s also good with when things have to come down to a political kind of standard, so it feels safe and people can feel comfortable in that way. Rehearsals, in general, really help you prepare because you start months and months and months before the show starts so you get to work your way through the lines and then you finally memorize them and then you walk through it all and then once you hit the stage you’ll be prepared,” she said.

The rehearsals also help with getting ready for tech weekend. Although rehearsals are similar to tech weekend, they can also be quite different.

“It’s kind of like if you were to take every rehearsal over the span of the semester, and then cram it in to one day. So, it’s kind of like taking a crash course for school, like, if you were to take a two-week course instead of a four-month course,” Megan said.
As the actors rehearse and run over their lines in empty classrooms around Carleton, The Elephant Man was set to come to fruition.