By Linda Adam
Bookholding is one of the many behind-the-scenes
tasks that help a community theater put on a quality show. It
is an essential job, with the primary goals of helping actors
learn their lines and keeping rehearsals productive. Bookholding
is an especially good job for newcomers because with a little
assistance, anyone can have a chance to learn the terminology
and techniques of taking a play from first rehearsal to opening
What is a bookholder?
A bookholder is the person who reads along in
the script during rehearsals. They have several duties, which
may vary depending upon the director's expectations.
What does a bookholder do?
Different directors want their bookholders to
do different things; it's best to discuss these expectations before
rehearsals begin. Below are some of the standard bookholder tasks.
Read on for a discussion of each these areas.
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