There is something to be said for allowing character development. I see the growth and in each rehearsal, some student finds something new. We have time to clean and focus scenes.
But the length of down time between rehearsals causes some cast members to forget notes, so there are cons as well as pros. And the "Luxury of time" concept is a falsehood- as we still do not have Act II completely blocked. Because all cast members also pull double duty as technicians and designers, we cannot rehearse during set construction, light hang and focus, and costume building. So they are working 16 to 18 hour days to get all finished so that everyone can be onstage for tech.
We are also slowed down by the language barrier, as every note , question and direction must be translated. I have learned the value of an economic vocabulary and often use hand gestures to signify " I got it- let's move on."
Still I am very encouraged with the work ethic and talent pool that Dongseo has provided in these wonderful students. I am eager for them to share their hard work and this beautiful story with audiences.
But not until we finish blocking!