While I have never posted about my theater exploits in the past, I find it necessary to do so now. Just today, I began tech week for "A Christmas Carol". For those of you who do not know this term, it is the week, give or take a few days, preceding a play's performance run. During this week or so, performers spend long hours rehearsing and working out technical issues so the performance can be as perfect as possible. For more information, see the tech week article on Wikipedia.
This particular tech week is only three days, since performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The first three days are the longest; six hours is the average length, though arrival times are flexible to accommodate school schedules.
Even with this flexibility, just half an hour of one of the first technical rehearsals can seem like two hours, especially if one is on stage running the same snippets of a scene over and over until it is perfect. That said, there is no substitute for the intense joy of knowing it is over at the end of the week. I look forward to that feeling. For now, I will try to keep busy during rehearsals; that often makes them go faster.