Oh my god, do you know how many times I have to say this to my children?
I don’t have to wear the shoes….yes you do, you will fall on your ass.
I don’t have to sing out…yes you do, we don’t know if we’ll have mics (we’re a poor school).
I don’t have to watch everyone else’s part…yes you do, you’ll forget your cues (and lord did they…I tapped shoulders through tech week.)
I don’t have to bring my costume in yet…yes, you do, because nothing last minute from our bum fuck prop room will fit you.
So, my darling performers: YES, you should be on top of it all, all the time. Because when you trip, forget line, cues, or we can’t hear you on the mic, or half your dress is falling off…it isn’t all my fault because you did not put the effort in.