|‘Rehearsal’ is a term for learning the routine the skater(s) will perform. The rehearsal and performance period is a time completely separate from regular skating lessons.
Usually only one or two courts will be on the ice at any one time rehearsing with their assigned coach. This coach may or may not be the coach the skater had for his group during the regular season. Rehearsal time is limited so skaters should try their best to attend regularly.
When skaters sign up for Carnival they are agreeing to attend ALL scheduled rehearsals and shows. Skaters should not miss any rehearsals because it is not just that skater who misses out. When skaters are absent it makes the process of choreographing and learning numbers much more difficult for everyone. All the skaters in the number are part of a group and the movement of that group is dependant on EVERY skater. It’s not just a matter of learning steps- the most significant part of the choreography will be the skaters’ physical relationship to each other and the ice surface throughout the number. Absence WILL affect the other skaters. Make-up or individual classes cannot be offered because the choreography is reliant on others being there.
Rehearsals go much smoother and faster if everyone makes an effort to read the notice board, attend and be ready to go on time.
During this period skaters will almost certainly not be rehearsing at the same time or even on the same day as their regular skating lessons. Skaters should be sure to be aware of their rehearsal time.
Featured performers are usually given their musical selection well beforehand. It is the responsibility of each featured performer to either make up his own routine or have the choreographer of his choice do it for him. The choreography is expected to conform to any guidelines given by the Carnival Director to ensure the number is properly integrated into the show.
Independent Practice During Rehearsals
Featured and semi-featured skaters need an opportunity to maintain their skills in preparation for their performance. One way to reduce the need for extra ice time while allowing these skaters practice time is to authorize these skaters to practice during regular rehearsal times. Because these practice times will occur during other regularly scheduled rehearsals, the number of skaters on the ice during each time slot must be limited. Eligible skaters can reserve their time on a first come, first serve basis.
A Production Rehearsal is a rehearsal in which all of the numbers that have been practiced separately up to that point will be performed in the order in which they will appear in the show. Skaters will not practice their number they will run through it. No costumes or make-up are worn for this rehearsal unless specifically requested. All props will be used.
This is a time to learn entrances and exits and get a sense of where skaters will need to be and when. There will likely be frequent stops and starts while these details are worked out. That is why so much extra ice time is scheduled for each half. Skaters and their parents should come prepared to skate a little and wait a lot. It is also at this rehearsal that the Finale numbers will be learned.
Consider the Dress Rehearsal to be a show. The goal is to run the show from beginning to end without stops. Because this rehearsal also involves practicing timing and changes there will have to be a significant reason to stop the music.Full costumes and make-up will be worn so skaters will need to arrive an hour before their Half.