Day in the life of a drama kid: student prepares for opening night of ‘1776’

By Morgan Kennedy

Independent Editor

Run lines. Project. Move stage right. Cheat out. Take five. From the top. These are only few of the hundreds of phrases senior Savannah Repucci hears during a typical drama rehearsal.

According to Repucci, a day in the life of a drama kid is hectic and tiring, but fun and well worth the time.

Her usual day of rehearsal for the drama club’s upcoming musical “1776,” in which she plays John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, goes as follows:

2:15 p.m. Repucci grabs a quick snack and runs lines in the auditorium until rehearsal starts at 3.

3 p.m. Drama director Gloria Tanner addresses the cast about how the day’s rehearsal will run.

3:05 p.m. Warm up. “Often times we do a physical warm-up with things like stretching and jumping jacks to get our bodies moving. Then, we do a vocal warm-up led by our musical director Loli Marquez-Sterling,” Repucci said. “Finally, we do some tongue twisters to practice diction and projection when saying lines onstage.”

3:15 p.m. Run Act One. “The show opens with a big company number called ‘Sit Down, John.’ It’s my favorite part of the show, because I love the music and the energy that goes into it,” Repucci said. 

4:05 p.m. Break time. Repucci gets a drink of water and talks with her cast mates.

4:10 p.m. Run Act Two. “The second act requires just as much focus and energy, if not more than the first,” she said. “Things get pretty serious as the issue of slavery is addressed and the resolution on independence is voted on.”

4:50 p.m. The cast listens intently while Tanner gives notes on the rehearsal. “She gives us feedback on what worked and what didn’t, so we can improve the next time around,” Repucci said.

5 p.m. She heads home after rehearsal, ready for dinner and homework. “It’s not easy, but I get to be a part of something really cool, and it’s so exciting when it all comes together on opening night,” she said.

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