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23 Gifs That Accurately Explain Tech Week

For many thespians tech week is easily the most stressful time of the rehearsal process. From the last minute show tweaks to the long rehearsals, the grind of tech week can really cause you to feel emotionally and physically drained. But in the end when the curtain rises and the lights come up, all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears suddenly seem worth it.

If this process sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone thespian! We gathered 22 gifs that accurately explain the enigma we call Hell Tech Week

1. Going into tech week like…

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2. Trying on your costume for the first time…

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3. Running through the same number a hundred times…

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4. When the director starts yelling at someone for messing up the scene, but you’re the one who forgot the blocking…

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5. When the choreographer compliments you on nailing the choreography…

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6. When you run the same scene 27 times…

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7. Then your scene partner forgets their lines…

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8. Finally getting a five minute break…

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9. Realizing the show is not ready…

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10. When the director calls it a night…

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11. But then says “meet in five for notes”…

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12. The inevitable and (often) regrettable fast food stops on the way home…

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13. Remembering that you’ll be up all night doing homework…

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14. Almost falling asleep, only to remember opening night is suddenly tomorrow…

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15. Preparing for the show to open…

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16. Arriving at call time like…

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17. Warming up backstage with the cast…

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18. The feeling after flawlessly executing the first number…

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19. Nailing your “eleven o’clock number”…

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20. Getting the bows perfect after learning them thirty minutes before curtain…

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21. Receiving a standing ovation after a successful opening night…

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22. Realizing it was all worth it, and how much you love being a thespian…

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23. Then you head to the opening night party…

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Have something to add to the list, we’d love to hear it! Leave a reply below…

Written by Gianluca Russo

Gianluca Russo is a writer, performer, and theatre critic based out of New York.

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