So, I have a LOT of lines to learn before I head to Australia next month. Like, ALL the lines in the whole play. LOTS. OF. LINES.
Usually, rehearsing scenes with other actors helps the lines stick in my brain. Like when you hear a song over and over again, you eventually start to pick up the lyrics, right?
But what happens when the other actors in the scene are YOU? When YOU are all the actors? When you are in a scene with yourself (or selves, as the case may be.)
Enter the iPhone. Have you seen that voice recorder app on there? The one you thought was for grocery lists or to record that great screenplay idea you had on the train. It's quickly becoming my best friend. I recorded all 26 scenes of Whales and Souls as individual sound files, and can now listen to them as I run errands, ride the train, and...read my script.
Some people are visual learners, some are kinesthetic learners, and some learn by hearing things. When I was teaching school, we recognized that the more ways you can impart information to a person, the more likely it is to stick. Having a kid read a chapter on the civil rights movement is one thing, but having him watch "Hairspray" as well helps to drive the message home. (You see, it's about the civil rights movement...and DANCING!)
While I would love to watch "Hairspray" right now, I will instead be listening to the sound of my own voice for hours on end. Like Dean has to do every day. (Ba-DUM-dum. Enjoy the buffet, I'm here all week.)
Send me good thoughts. Otherwise, I might be calling you to run lines with me.