God's Masterpiece
Rehearsal Calendar

This is a three-month "countdown" rehearsal schedule leading up to opening night. It suggests rehearsals by acting categories. With this schedule, people are called for rehearsals by segments of the production. Director’s Notes are also available to help you run the rehearsals smoothly and relate to the actors in a professional and efficient manner, thus making this task a joy and not a burden. 

NOTE: Because the script is all-inclusive and long, we recommend that you copy "excerpt copies" for particular cast members and groups so they don't have to be burdened by carrying the entire script. The groups are: narrators, disciples, principle cast members, dancers, “Crowds,” “Pharisees,” “Soldiers,” singers, and musicians.


Three Month Rehearsal Calendar 

NOTE: You will notice that some of the rehearsals call two or three groups of people for one entire evening to rehearse their segment of God’s Masterpiece. This is done to maximize their time, and have as few people as possible present at the rehearsals. Some scenes are out of order, but that doesn’t bother them. They will put it all together in their minds, and it comes out fine at the end. 

Week 12 
....Cast and Crew 

After auditions, post the cast list as well as information for the first cast meeting pot-luck. List what groups bring what; for example, “Townspeople” bring a main dish, etc. Show the DVD of God’s Masterpiece (included in the Performance Package) while you eat. Talk about the vision, and pray together. 

From the "all cast" "Rehearsal Calendar” (also included in the 
Performance Package), construct separate rehearsal calendars for singers, dancers, and musicians. Also construct separate "production calendars" for technicians, and other crews, in consultation with the various crew chiefs. Distribute the "all cast" "Rehearsal Calendars" to the entire company, and the separate rehearsal calendars other groups as well. Stage the 24 still-life tableaus for “The Prologue” at this first rehearsal, since it requires almost all of the cast to be present. 

Week 11
....All Cast 

• Stage the three women narrators singing at the opening, “I Love To Tell The Story.” 
• Stage or review the 24 tableaus in “The Prologue” 
• Stage “Here He Comes,” the premier musical number in God’s Masterpiece
NOTE: Stage both the “Triumphal Entry” and the “Celebration” reprise of "Here He Comes" (performed at the end of the show) 

• Review the entire "Prologue” and “Here He Comes” 
• Stop at Act 1.

Week 10 
....Crowds, Pharisees and Scribes 

Stage each crowd reaction to the miracles of Jesus and each disgruntled plotting scene for the "Pharisees and Scribes" for the entire show. 
NOTE: This is a good time for group leaders to act as “assistant directors” and work on the adlibs and syncopated line delivery so the comments sound spontaneous. 

Week 9 
....Crowds, Pharisees, Scribes, Jesus, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, John, Andrew, Boy with fish, Children, Adulteress 

....Act 1, Scene 3 “Matthew remembers the adulteress and the children” 
....Act 1, Scene 2 “Andrew remembers the feeding of the five thousand” 
0:00-0:....These scenes are first because they involve kids. 
....Act I, Scene 1 “John remembers the raising of Lazarus.” 
...Act 1, Scene 5 “James remembers the healing of the Demoniac.” 

Week 8 
....Crowds, Pharisees and Scribes, James, Jesus, Demoniac, Peter, Thomas, Nicodemus 

....Act 1, Scene 6 “Peter remembers the miraculous catch of fish” 
....Act 1, Scene 7 “Thomas remembers Nicodemus” 
...Act 1, Scene 8 “Judas remembers another agenda” 

Week 7 
....All Cast in “The Prologue” and “Act I” 

...Run “The Prologue” and “Act 1.” 

Week 6 
....Narrators, Jesus, Disciples 

....All narrator sequences for the entire show 
...Act 2, Scene 1: “Communion 
0:00-0:....Act 2, Scene 2: “The Farewell” 
0:00-0:....Act 2, Scene 3: “The Garden of Gethsemane” 

Week 5 
....Narrators, Jesus, Disciples 

....Review Act 2, Scenes 1,2,3 
0:00-0:....Soldiers, Pharisees & Scribes, Ciaphas Malchus 
...Act 2, Scene 4 “The Arrest” 
0:00-0:....Act 2, Scene 5 “The Trial Before the Sanhedrin” 

Week 4 
....Crowds, Narrators, Jesus, Peter, Pharisees and Scribes, Pilate and his court 

....Act 2, Scene 6 “Peter’s Denial” 
0:00-0:....Act 2, Scene 7 “The Remorse of Judas” 
0:00-0:....Act 2, Scene 8 “Jesus Before Pilate” 
0:00-0:....Soldiers, Mary—Mother of Jesus, John 
....Act 3, Scene 1: The whipping and carrying the cross tableaus 
0:00-0:....The crucifixion 
0:00-0:....Stage “La Pieta” with Mary & Jesus 
...Review the evening’s work: Act 2, Scenes 6,7,8 & Act 3, Scene 1 

NOTE: Beginning week 3, you may want to call Saturday rehearsals to piece together the entire production. Try to have technicians ready to go on Saturday of week 3. Technicians have to rehearse with actors because their role is critical. 

Week 3
....Jesus, Angels at the tomb, Mourners, Narrators, Mary (Lazarus' sister), Martha, Nicodemus, Mary (mother of Jesus). Angelic Mourners, Disciples who carry the body 

....Act 3, Scene 2 “The burial” 
....Act 3, Scene 3 “The Disciples Mourn” 
....Act 3, Scene 4 “The Resurrection” 
....Act 3, Scene 5 “The Great Commission” 
...Act 3, Scene 6 “The Ascension” 

Saturday of Week 3 
....All Singers, Musicians, Dancers, Cast, Technicians, and Stage Crew 

....Run Act 1 
....Run Act 2 
....Run Act 3 

Week 2 
....Some Cast and Jesus 

Tech Rehearsal: Only a very few representative actors and Jesus to stand in light pools. 
This is a very tedious evening, and it is best not to have many cast present, no children! 
...Technical Rehearsal 
0:00-0:....All technicians rehearse all cues and special effects. 

Saturday of Week 2 
....All Cast 

Schedule costume pick ups by sub-groups of the cast; everyone does not come at once. 
..Costume distribution & alterations 
...Lunch break 
....All day rehearsal with full tech cues

Week 1 
....All Cast 

...Dress rehearsal with costume and tech. cues 

Saturday of Week 1 
....All Cast 

:.......Call time for make up and costume 
....Final dress rehearsal with photography and video 

Opening Night! 

• Perform your scheduled shows 
• Allow two hours for make up and costume before each show.

Week After the Performance Closes 

• Set tear-down 
• Cast party pot-luck 
• Watch the video 
• Give out souvenir videos and cast and crew gifts

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