Today is the day to rehearse the final skit. Yesterday, all of the individual programs were finished. Each block of dialogue was stored in a separate timeline, and the timelines were added to a “robot library”. We then created the individual “conversation programs” for each robot, and brought in the movement timelines. While it seems straightforward, getting seven robots to communicate, pass on messages to trigger the next robot to say its lines, make sure that all speeches and movements are timed properly, etc… can be tricky.
We fixed most of the typos in the messages being sent, and made it through most of the skit. We had to run through it several times, fixing the problems as they came up, and then “taking it from the top.” Fortunately, the robots are pretty patient, and don’t mind running through their lines as often as necessary. The kids were also patient. They were the ones spotting the robots, and then starting the scene over and over again. It was great to have lots of eyes watching the movements of the robots, and giving feedback on things that needed to be changed in the delivery of the lines. The final result will be impressive!
After the rehearsal, the kids finished up their “gratitude conversations” with the robots. I am thankful to the individuals and organizations that supported this first Robot Theater Summer Camp.