Update: Rehearsal 2.5.0

| Thursday March 17 2011 11:52 pm | Comments (96)

Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock.jpgGotham’s Donal Logue: “Rehearsal was like an answer to my prayers…”

Over the last two years, I had the (absolute) luxury problem of having a number of jobs that overlapped each other. The work was very challenging and I was inundated with dialects to (attempt!) to master and dialogue to memorize. I was doing a show called Copper at the same time as Sons of Anarchy and about to start Vikings. In fact, there was a five week period in 2013 where I had nine episodes of those three series to film in less than five weeks. A friend told me about “Rehearsal” and it was like an answer to my prayers. I would highlight the script, record the dialogue (everyone’s lines) and listen to the scenes over and over. In my car, on set- wherever- Rehearsal was my constant companion.

I always feel that as an actor, my only defense against any scenario is preparation. Especially when I am showing up in high pressure situations on high profile projects. I don’t care how experienced you may be, there is always a feeling of being the new kid on campus. There is no better way to assure your new cast mates you can handle the situation than being off book and ready to throw down. This app is an incredible tool for us actors. Before I would record voice memos, but Rehearsal loops the scenes and allows me to add notes to the script.

Thanks David for such a useful tool.

Sincerely, Donal Logue

settings-privacy settings-privacy-microphoneUPDATE: iOS 7/8 Recording Issue FIX
Some users have reported not being able to record once they upgrade to iOS 7 or 8. To fix this:

1. Go to Settings >> Privacy >> Microphone
2. Turn on Rehearsal’s option to allow the microphone to be accessed.
(click on either image to enlarge)

You should now be able to record. You may need to quit and restart the app.

Actor Erin Spencer LOVES Rehearsal 2!

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What is Rehearsal?

Rehearsal is the most often used, easiest, most popular app in the world for learning your lines, memorizing your scenes, and exploring your characters. World famous TV actors, film actors, commercial actors use Rehearsal every day. So do stage actors, acting students, community theater actors, VO artists, coaches, teachers, public speakers and other professional performers. They all rely on Rehearsal for auditions, on-set filming, stage work, classwork and public speaking. You can download it instantly at http://rehearsaltheapp.com/download or search Rehearsal in the App Store.

Update to 2.5.0 now

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It’s HERE – REHEARSAL 2! We’ve been listening to what you want, and taking copious notes, and we’ve been working very hard to improve a product that has been a game changer for actors. With over a dozen new features and updates that you’ve asked for, including:

– iPad 2,3, Mini, and iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and 5c and iOS 6 and 7 compatibility – completely compatible with all prior OS and device versions as well
– drag rewinding and fast forwarding through recorded scenes
– opening scripts directly from emails
– more robust PDF displays (no more 45 degree angle scripts!)
– and a new pricing structure that will make Rehearsal absolutely irresistible!

Rehearsal 2 is available NOW for instant download. Current users will be notified in-app, and annual subscribers will get the new Rehearsal 2 absolutely free.

Welcome to the home of a brand new iPhone and iPad application for actors and other production professionals called Rehearsal 2.

What is Rehearsal 2? A fantastic and effective way to learn your lines, explore your character’s nuances, prepare for your shoot or stage performance, record continuity notes or plan shots, and submit VO auditions and more – and carry all of that work around with you on the devices you love, your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Rehearsal 2 helps you memorize your lines faster, so you can be off-book and nail that audition or acting job. Use Rehearsal 2 to learn your lines for TV, film, stage, commercials – anything lines you need memorize, Rehearsal 2 can make it a breeze.

Watch this video: a step by step walk through of how Rehearsal 2 is used in a typical scene rehearsal scenario.

Learn more about Rehearsal 2 by exploring the links to the left and the comments below:

This app is amazing. I was shooting Thor, and thought I’d be running around the desert all day doing an action sequence. They threw a 3 page dialog scene at us first thing that morning, and I was off book and ready to go by the time I was out of the makeup chair. BUY THIS APP.

— Clark Gregg [Iron Man, The Avengers, Agents of SHIELD, The New Adventures of Old Christine]

I love your app! It’s a no brainer for me as I can literally testify to using it on every episode so far on the show. I highlight, blackout and record the scenes. I learn them in no time at all. Just fantastic. A must for any actor with an I pad or I phone! Many congrats on this great product. I’m spreading the word around town.

— Ioan Gruffudd [Ringer (The CW), The Fantastic Four, Horrible Bosses]

Your Rehearsal App is helping me so much…..I got the lead in a Lowes Industrial and have to memorize so many lines in just a few days…thanks again for this great acting tool.

— Gary Moore

I had just moved house and was living out of boxes, and had no broadband as it was yet to be connected. So of course that is when I get a phone call from a commercial radio producer asking if I would do a quick voice test for a series of radio ads for a UK national travel agent. I recorded some sample reads on my home studio (after unpacking it – I had literally just moved) and then put the file on a memory stick and trooped off with my netbook to a nearby cafe to use their wifi – but technology conspired against me in so many ways that two hours later the producer still did not have my audition in his in-box. And then I remembered the Rehearsal app on my iphone. So I emailed the script to the app, and read it into the iPhone and sent it off – and 20 mins later he rang up to say that the client had approved my voice. This gave me enough time to get my iPhone approved as a tethering connection so that the following day I could record the ads in my studio and email them off, but without the Rehearsal app I would not have got the gig in the first place. And after all the kerfuffle and stress of trying to do things the “normal” way – it was so easy to just speak and email!

Having used it successfully for a voice audition I now have absolute confidence that if I am asked for a voice test again, then that is how I will do it, wherever I am at the time.

— Louise Gummer, London UK

Loving the app. I have had a succession of big auditions and lots of text to learn in a short period of time. The app helped me tremendously! It also helps me focus in the waiting room – just drilling the scenes over and over. As a result I felt confident and fully prepared – booked both my gigs. In Plain Sight and the new ABC series Scoundrels. Going to use it to prepare for both shoots as well.

— Kathryn Smith McGlynn

I am very pleased with the results of using ‘Rehearsal’ so far. It is a powerful tool in preparing for auditions, or for days of work, especially when I am pressed for time. It is easy to use and I have no doubt that as it evolves, it will be a part of my work process for a long time.

— John Carroll Lynch [Shutter Island, Fargo, The Drew Carey Show]

Just so you know, I used Rehearsal for a short workshop scene that I had to do on Saturday. I was teching a show all week and barely had any time to rehearse the script aside from listening to it in the Rehearsal app and looking at the words on my iPhone in between tech stuff. Well, you’re program is pretty cool, because I learned my lines very easily and even though I felt like I’d barely done anything to prepare for the workshop the CD commented, “That was lovely and wonderful! I don’t need to re-direct you.” I guess all the “little bits of time” added up and Rehearsal helped me keep the script handy for all those “little bits of time.”

— Amy Schloerb

By using this app I was able to study my lines before I got on stage to perfom. I was driving to Birmingham, AL and on the way to my show I was able to study while driving by playing back the sene. This app so worth having and I am glad I have it. I am a upcoming actor and the rehearsal app is the way to go for even the new actors that are just starting.

— Nic Rabun

I love my Rehearsal app! I’m a Recording artist and voice over talent. I record on a daily basis and the reazon why I wanted Rehearsal in my I PAD is because I don’t need to use paper! And I love to be green. I figure that I can save a lot of trees and a lot of ink!! When I’m singing or Dubbing I take it with me and I love it for all it can do for me! I will recomend all the studios where I go to get the I pads with this application for everyone that work in that field like me 😉 so WE all can help to save the planet! Thank you so much for making my life A LOT easier!!

— Alondra Voz


  1. Comment by Bill Smitrovich — April 1, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    David Lawrence…you’ve done it again! Proven that you are one of the smartest dudes on the block. An application that you can apply! Wow, what a concept. Congratulations to you and all of the people that helped put this one together David. What a great tool for any professional, or aspiring professional actor or voice over artist.
    I will use it and and use it!
    Best wishes to all and lots of broken legs.
    Bill Smitrovich

  2. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 1, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Awfully nice of you, sir! Enjoy!

  3. Comment by Ricardo — April 3, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    hey! please help.

    i swithced computers, and i didnt get all my apps form itunes, rehearsal is one of them, so im downloading all again, but i cant seem to find it, only rehearsal 2, is it the same? or am i going to get charged again?

    please help!!!

  4. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 3, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Yes, the new version of the app is called Rehearsal 2, with lots of new features, and a new low price of $20 – one time (no subscriptions any more!).

  5. Comment by Robb — April 7, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    Just purchased the new Rehearsal 2 app for my iPhone and have tried sending PDF scripts to the email provided. However, when I click on “Add New Scripts” it tells me I don’t have any new scripts and to email them to the provided email. I have double checked the email address and everything is correct and I am sending them from the email registered on my account. Anyone else experiencing this?

  6. Comment by Frank — April 10, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    Hey David,

    It would be great to get this on the Droid X as well. Any chance that is coming anytime soon?

    Thanks and great idea.

  7. Comment by Ed — April 11, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    I’m trying to use rehearsal on two different devices and I’m getting an encryption error when I try to load the script on my second device. I’m using an iPad for most of my practice but use an iPhone when I’m on the go.

    Otherwise, I LOVE the app!

  8. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 11, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    Glad you love the app!

    Can you send me the exact wording of the encryption error you’re getting to davidlawrence@gmail.com? I’ll have our dev team take a look at it and try and figure it out. They may have some device-specific questions for you.

  9. Comment by Peter Wintle — April 22, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Looks like a great app – pity I can’t use it! I’ve tried to register several times but never receive an activation email. Activate or refund, please!

  10. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 22, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    We agree that it’s a pity.

    So sorry that you’re having an issue. We usually find that registration emails are caught in spam traps (either false positives located in spam folders, or overly aggressive filters of many sorts being used by our customers), or the email addresses themselves are misspelled in the registration process. While these are rare, they do occur. Please check both of these possibilities, as our registration server is operating normally.

  11. Comment by Jason — April 23, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    Is Rehearsal 2 available for Android devices? I don’t have an iPhone or iPad. I just got an HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon and its an Android device. I would very much like to get this App, but it seems as though it is only offered on Apple products. Please let me know if its available, where to get it or when & if it will be available. Thank you!

  12. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 23, 2011 @ 2:13 am

    Unfortunately, it is not available for Android. We are looking at all Android and others as possible development platforms.

  13. Comment by Paul Mackenzie Smith — April 23, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    Hi, David, your app is excellent, and since getting an iPad 2, it’s become my default way of looking at my script. Is there a way of transferring scripts from my iPhone, complete with all the highlighting and annotations? It’s a bit of a pain having to do it all again! I have PhoneView, if that helps. Thanks, Paul.

  14. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 23, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    We are working on a metafile format that would allow us to share between devices, yes. Watch for it in an upcoming version.

  15. Comment by Jason — April 23, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

    Thank you for the response about Android platforms. I know Android’s Market is growing super fast. Froyo & Gingerbread are the phone OS’s to look into & Honeycomb for the tablets. Android Market is the second largest app market behind Apple’s App Store. I really hope you get Rehearsal 2 on Android soon. How can I find out & be notified when it is available?

  16. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 23, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    We would send it out to our list, and we certainly would talk about it here. Thanks for asking.

  17. Comment by Joe — May 8, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Hi all,
    Im loving the app but when I try to send email mp3’s its all coming out sped up. Now for the CHIPMUNKS sequel auditions that would be awesome but here its a problem. Is there a fix or a setting I need to change for this to play at normal speeds when I send mp3’s? Please let me know thanks!


  18. Comment by David Emerson Jackson — May 12, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

    I like that Dropbox lets me open any .pdf in Rehearsal 2, and can add scripts that way without having to mail them!

    I like that in landscape mode (iPad) the page uses the full screen width.

    But being somewhat obsessive-compulsive, I too often get distracted with the freehand look of my highlights, losing valuable time reworking them into straight lines. Another distraction is that very short, accidental highlights can’t be erased.

    I was surprised to find the blackout mode hides all colors, expecting rather to still see highlighted cues. It would be nice if blacking were more selective.

    Also, the layering of the colors is unpredictable. When they overlap, erasing the desired one is a challenge.

    Lastly, a feature that seems missing but easy to implement: White-out.

  19. Comment by David Emerson Jackson — May 12, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    I participate in a monthly Scriptreading roundtable. One unexpected thing I’ve really come to appreciate about Rehearsal is that I can carry a stack of features (highlighted for my part/s) and never have to print a page. It’s less expensive than the paper, easier to port, and saves trees.

    In fact, it was demonstrating the trial Rehearsal.app at one of those readings that persuaded me to make the investment. I’m glad I did.

  20. Comment by Skip Leeds — May 14, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    App looks good, but scripts I email to script+username@emailrehearsal.com aren’t showing up on the server. Will try Dropbox, I guess, since I already use that intensively. Is the server down or something?

  21. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — May 14, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    Not joking about this (as another user actually did this this week and complained to me about it): you DID replace “username” in that email address with your actual username, correct? I’m not sure how you’d use Dropbox – can you explain? The other way to get scripts into your app is to open them directly from an email message on your device. Tapping the action button when viewing the PDF attachment will bring up an “Open in…” option.

  22. Comment by Skip Leeds — May 14, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    Yes, David, I did replace the name, lol. I just didn’t want to put my username out in the public domain (not that it matters much, in retrospect).

    Dropbox does work, however – first you open the PDF file. If you have Rehearsal, you can click on Forward, and Rehearsal is one of the recipient options. This initiates an import into Rehearsal.

    However, this appears not to work for Word docs…I guess because Rehearsal isn’t on the internal iOS list of programs that handle the .doc filetype.

  23. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — May 14, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    It doesn’t work for Word docs because we don’t handle Word docs in the app – we convert them to PDFs when you forward them. We’re working on another solution to the direct importing of Word docs.

  24. Comment by Skip Leeds — May 14, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    Terrific app, otherwise. Thank you. Loved your work on “Heroes,” btw.

  25. Comment by Skip Leeds — May 14, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    FYI – a workaround for Word docs in the meantime (works on Mac, not sure about Windows) is to use File–>Print, and select (at the lower left of the screen) “Save to PDF.” This also works for HTML scripts.

  26. Comment by Skip Leeds — May 14, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    Sorry for the chatter, just an epilogue – the problem I had is resolved. It turns out I was mailing the scripts via a different e-mail address from the one I registered with. I use them interchangeably because one is forwarded to the other.

    All I had to do was authorize the second address in the app’s profile screen. Sorry for the trouble.

  27. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — May 14, 2011 @ 10:38 pm

    The vast majority of people using the app aren’t making their own scripts in Word, but rather are receiving them as PDF files from casting or production entities. If they are writing their own scripts, they are predominately using Final Draft or an equivalent (celtx, etc).

  28. Comment by dr.nola — June 1, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    how can i transfer recorded scenes from my ipad to my iphone?

  29. Comment by dr.nola — June 1, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    just re-read earlier posts and see that you are working on the issue.

  30. Comment by Eric Olson — June 6, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    Just bought this app last night. I loaded my script and highlighted 88 pages worth of my lines. Now, when I open up the app it just freezes on the “my scripts” page. I have my first read through in a couple hours and this is the only script I have with me… can’t make it home in time to get the hard copy. This thing better start working soon!

    Right now I feel like I got swindled our of $20!


  31. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — June 6, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    I’m sorry the app isn’t meeting your expectations – I can assure you that Rehearsal handles full scripts with ease. Have you tried rebooting your device?

  32. Comment by Jaswant Shrestha — June 19, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    Great App! I love it. Pause is one great feature to add. Please make it happen.

  33. Comment by Zalia Joi — July 26, 2011 @ 1:31 am

    Hi There,

    i bought the rehearsal app on the 13th April, 2011

    Just recently I updated my iphone for the first time and it erased rehearsal from my phone!

    I am devisated as I used it all the time! It a WONDERFUL invention for which I LOVE and am truly grateful for… I was wondering what I have to do to reinstall it to my iphone???

    My username is ZaliJ.

    Can you please help?

    Best wishes,

  34. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — July 26, 2011 @ 1:45 am

    As with all apps, simply head over to the App Store and search for it – then re-download it and install it. You won’t be charged again. I’m afraid that any work you may have had in progress on the phone will be lost, but any scripts will still be on the server so you can re-add them.

    I am concerned that a simple update would have deleted any app – did you wipe the phone to do the update? Did you have to? The updates happen pretty smoothly in iTunes without harming any of the apps you have already installed.

    And thank you for all your kind words!


  35. Comment by Carla Chambel — August 8, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Hi David!
    I’m a portuguese actress and Rehearsal has been a great tool To work at Home.
    Anyway take a view on Iannotate Pdf app because it’s much easear to take notes and write on the text.
    It has also bookmarks and searching words tool that permit to find our scenes in one second. Great for television.
    Anyway your app has been a sensation in my theatre rehearsals, my colegues are amazed with THIS technology that i showed them. Congratulations.

  36. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — August 8, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Thanks so much for the kind words! Unfortunately, searching for text only works if your PDF is text-based – most of the scripts and sids that are sent out are graphic-based as a security measure, and are not searchable. I will look at iAnnotate for the note taking capability.

  37. Comment by Simon — September 10, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    When are you making this for Android? Lots of us out here are asking. Thanks!

  38. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 10, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    We’re putting it out for bid as we speak!


  39. Comment by Pierre Clot — September 11, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    Hi from France,
    Your app is quite simply AWESOME !

    One thing would make it literally perfect : the ability to export anotated scripts (btw, the mp3 export option is great !)

    In case it’s of any use to you, a quick article I submitted to http://www.vipad.fr has just been published, in which Rehearsal 2 is mentioned (http://www.vipad.fr/post/utilisation-ipad-professionelle-cinema).
    Speaking of which, do get in touch if you stop by Paris !

    All the best


  40. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 12, 2011 @ 12:32 am

    As you can see by many of the other comments here, we’re working on that!

    And thanks for your kind words and review!

  41. Comment by Carlos — September 15, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Hi I sent a document and recieved it on my app but it looks very blurry, does it have to do with .doc instead of pdf?

  42. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 15, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    It could be – try “printing” the document to PDF in word, and sending that over. Should work just fine.

  43. Comment by Corbett — September 30, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    What is the best way to load sides from my iPad email? I tried the command “open in Rehearsal 2” and it just goes straight to my desktop screen. Then I tried emailing attachment to my personal rehearsal email address and I got a message from rehearsal saying that there was no attachment.

  44. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 30, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I’d look at those sides – if you can’t open them either way, the document is usually the culprit – either not Word (if forwarding), not a PDF, damaged in some way, a non-standard filename or some other issue. If you send the sides to me at davidlawrence@gmail.com, I’ll be happy to examine them and let you know if that’s the case.

  45. Comment by Katack — October 5, 2011 @ 10:21 pm


    Are you open to suggestions from actors for the Rehearsal App? I mean I can only imagine that you must get lots of requests, but I thought I would ask before just sending you an e-mail or posting something on here. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a brilliant and progressive application for actors; it’s the only thing I want to use for my scripts.



  46. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — October 6, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    I love it when suggestions are made – please feel free, either here or via my email – davidlawrence@gmail.com. Glad you love the app!


  47. Comment by Scotf — October 17, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    Love the app….

    One recommendation…. The ability to have a print option. Its nice to have it stored in the app but it be nice to be able to print out a script from te app.

  48. Comment by RJ Batlle — November 1, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    First off I LOVE this app. Thank you so much! I have found a bug in the latest version though: when playing a recorded audio scene the screen can’t be put to sleep at all on my iPhone 4 or my iPad 2, so it kills my batteries really fast. Also, it should allow me to switch apps while listening to the audio scenes, like the Music and Pandora apps do, but it doesn’t. It just kills the audio when I leave the app. ICloud support (auto-syncing of scripts / recorded scenes/ comments ) between devices, and Siri support (having Siri read scenes with me) would make this the best app ever made in my opinion. Seriously. Kudos!

  49. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — November 1, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    I’m not sure how to reproduce the non-sleep issue, as it works just the opposite for me on all my devices. The app is designed, and operates for me as designed, to gracefully fade the playback down and out when you sleep, switch apps, get a call or a modal dialog box, or any number of other interruptions, and then gracefully fade back in when that interruption ends. I’m wondering if there is some setting that us causing this that is outside of Rehearsal.

    If you look through the myriad comments here, you’ll see that sharing marked up scripts via iCloud is under development. But Siri doesn’t have the capability you want, nor can Siri give emotion, inflection or timIng to scene work the way we as actors can. I WANT the users of the app to read their scenes with skilled acting, not with the distractions that the inherent stiltedness and constant mispronunciations Siri would inflict. I do appreciate your thoughts and LOVE that you love the app.

  50. Comment by Kelly — November 28, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    As hordes of folks have already said, this is a great app. and has helped me immeasurably over the last year. first had it on my iphone and now that i have an ipad, ive been using on there too.
    A question: Is it possible to record a scene in on my ipad and then use it either on the ipad OR on the iphone version?
    I had recorded two scenes on the ipad and then went to the gym with my iphone to rehearse during a pre-audition workout. i clicked on “My Scenes” hoping to find them, but they were not there.
    Is there a way to connect them so that I don’t have to record the scenes again, for my second idevice?

  51. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — November 28, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    Although you currently can’t do that (the typical audio size of a recorded scene is usually too large to share), we are planning on that for the next rev of the app, using iCloud.

    I appreciate your kind words, and hope you continue to rock your auditions and work with Rehearsal!


  52. Comment by Jessika L. — December 11, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Hi Rehearsal Team,

    It would be great if we could choose which color highlight to hide with the Blind button – instead of it hiding all the highlights. Erase tool a little sticky too. Otherwise, like it so far. Mahalo for creating this App!

  53. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — December 11, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    That feature is on the slate for the next version – thanks for the kind words!


  54. Comment by Matt — January 5, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    Hey there…any chance of it coming out for android tablets, to be used on kindle fire? I have an iphone but am concerned about it being on such a small screen….

    Such a great idea for an app I want to be able to use it!

  55. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — January 5, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Android development is not currently on the slate until after we come out with version 3, but don’t worry about the iPhone being too small – it works just fine. I use it more often on my iPhone than on my iPad – and I can easily work with it in more situations (car, audition lobby) than I can with the iPad.

  56. Comment by Lee — January 19, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Think your app is amazing however would it be possiable to intoduce a blue background as I have dyslixa this would help me
    Many thanks lee

  57. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — January 19, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    The background color is the color of the PDF file you’re working with – change that before you bring the script in and you’ll be good to go. We can’t alter the script in any way, unfortunately.

  58. Comment by Peter Vinding — January 23, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    Thanks for a very useful app. Will wifi sharing of documents be ready anytime soon? Support for other formats such as doc/docx etc and the possibility of editing these would be fantastic. And also text-to-speech so you wouldn’t have to read the whole script out loud :-)

  59. Comment by Matt Butcher — January 24, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    App is frozen on my iPad 2. I tried to open a video recording of a scene and get a blank black screen and cannot return to app. Frozen black screen. Help!

  60. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — January 24, 2012 @ 7:41 pm

    Try rebooting your iPad.


  61. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — January 24, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    We are working on sharing. Doc and Docx are already supported via forwarding your script. We will not be adding editing the script – this is an app for actors, not writers. You don’t have to read the whole script out loud – just your scenes. We encourage that so you can put whatever intention you want behind your scene partner’s (and your) lines.

    Thanks for asking!

  62. Comment by Russ — March 26, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Where can I find my “special” rehearsal email address to forward a script to?

  63. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — March 26, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Just tap on the (i) information button on the main menu next to the Rehearsal logo, and it’s shown to you on the page. You have to be logged in. But remember, the construction is simple: it’s “script+[username]@emailrehearsal.com”.

    Hope this helps.


  64. Comment by sabrina — June 15, 2012 @ 4:20 am


    Got it 2 days ago for. Used it yesterday and I have never felt more confident about my choices and my work. Thank you!

    As much as I’d love to keep it to myself and blow any competition out of the water, I have to share it. Love for my fellow man and all :-).

  65. Comment by MARGARET ANN BRADY — September 30, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    THANK YOU so much for your generosity in contributing a download of REHEARSAL 2 to the StageSource Benefit party. StageSource is the Greater Boston Alliance of Theater Artists & Producers, a huge part of my career over the last 20 yrs. Your app has been a huge part of my career since I spotted two actors talking about it on my Facebook feed, downloaded it and have been relying on it ever since. I am spreading the word! Thanks again for your contribution – in every sense!

  66. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 30, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    My pleasure!


  67. Comment by Michael andron — October 24, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    I’ve been using R-2 for quite a while … Since it was R-1! I love it and have gotten lots of users for you over the years.
    Are you doing any further development for an r-3?
    If so, being able to bookmark a script so I can go back to where I was last… And being able to print out a marked script… would be something I’d love to see. Any chance of an R-3 one day?
    Also an easy question… Is there a way to move scripts around so that the ones I’m working on can be at the top of the list?
    Thanks so much. Love this app!

  68. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — October 24, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    There’s not only a chance of Rehearsal 3 coming, we’re working on it right now. We’re planning to release version 2.5 as a free maintenance update, then, release a new version of the software that incorporates some great new features and some amazing actor-related benefits, including all of the things you’re asking for.

    Look for it in the next few months!


  69. Comment by Per4merKC — October 26, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    I really like this app! Two things would make it better for me… 1) Bookmarks so that we can jump to a specified spot and 2) easier moving through pages. Time consuming to go to page 99 to rehearse a scene if you are on page 1.


  70. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — October 26, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    We got you covered in the next rev. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Quick note: the faster you scroll pages in the app, the faster you’ll get to the page you want – it’s accelerated based on how quickly you swipe.


  71. Comment by Brent Spencer — November 8, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    I love the app. Rehearsing Toby Belch for a production of Twelfth Night, and the app is making that process much easier. The blackout feature is genius! I second the call for bookmarks and a pause button. But even without these features, it’s a very useful app that’s making my acting life much easier.

  72. Comment by Elise — November 14, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    Sounds great…but really frustrating that once again another great app/product is only for iPhone users. I couldn’t even get a discount on my breaks at Break Master unless I showed them I had an iPhone…sends a message that only Apple users are welcome or worthy. It’s strange how it seems Apple has convinced almost everyone they have to use only their phone/tablet….and it seems every other company has followed by assuming everyone has one in their marketing, and if you don’t something is wrong….actually it makes me not want to buy an iPhone or any Apple product…please consider a similar app for android…everyone is not a part of the Apple cult….Thx

  73. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — November 14, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

    Elise (sorry for calling you Maya in the personal version of this reply that I sent to you via email),

    I appreciate you writing.

    Actually it’s far worse than you think – the fact that the Android market is so fraught with piracy (by some accounts, over 95% stolen as opposed to paid for), makes me not want to enter that marketplace. It would cost me twice as much to develop for that market than I’ve paid (and am paying – version 3 is under development) to develop for iOS, and for 1/20th the possible income.

    In addition, Android devices are built around Java, which is notoriously clunky when it comes to handling audio. Since Rehearsal is built around the smooth recording and playback of audio, that is a big issue.

    And finally, Rehearsal is designed for professional actors, and the performance industry has clearly settled on Apple devices for their day to day work. Most of the professional apps that crew and cast use are iOS only, because those are the devices that work best for what we need.

    There’s no conspiracy theory supported by an “Apple cult” here – it just makes the best business sense for me given my limited resources.

    If things ever change, I’ll be right there with a version for ‘droid users. Until then, I need to stay profitable.

    I thank you again for your comments.


  74. Comment by Elise — November 27, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Hi David…Maya is fine. Elise is my middle name. I use it in unfamiliar teritorry ;-).

    I have to tell anyone thinking about getting Rehearsal…GET IT!!! David was so kind in responding to my “Apple Cult” comment and really went beyond required customer service by explaining to me why Rehearsal is only available for Apple products. It made a lot of since and he never tried to convince me to get an iPhone…just gave me options. Well, I’m happy to say I’m a part of that “cult” now. Rehearsal has been a life saver in helping me memorize and become comfortable with medical terminology for my last role. This is a tool that can increase your confidence at auditions. I believe in, most cases, being “off book” is a must these days.

  75. Comment by Angela — December 22, 2012 @ 2:10 am

    Will this work on the ipad mini?

  76. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — December 22, 2012 @ 4:08 am

    Yes – in fact, the iPad Mini is the device I find myself doing most of my work on. Enjoy!


  77. Comment by Leigh Dillon — February 2, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    I got an “Update to 2.5.0” notification on my iPad (Version 6.0.1). I clicked on “Install” and my Rehearsal 2 looks like a gray square with a black updating line for over an hour. I keep getting a notification that it is unable to update at this time, but whether I choose the “Retry” or “Cancel” doesn’t matter. I’m stuck with the useless gray square. I wish I could just go back to the previous version because I need my scripts and work today! I’m away from home & office. My Rehearsal 2 has my scripts & notes on it. I’m stuck. What do you recommend. I don’t want to uninstall because I don’t want to lose everything. Thanks for your help!

  78. Comment by Leigh Dillon — February 3, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    FYI folks: I did not have to reinstall and did not lose any scripts. In a few hours the app again gave me the option to retry and it downloaded perfectly. Btw, David Lawrence emailed me quickly with suggestions. Great guy! Rehearsal 2 is my favorite app for working on scripts. Leigh

  79. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 3, 2013 @ 11:33 am


    Sounds like the connection between your device and the App Store was somehow disconnected.

    Try this:

    Establish a connection again, then in the App Store app, tap Updates, and choose Purchased. Then, find Rehearsal in that list, and tap in the cloud icon to re-download the update.

    That should take care if it.


  80. Comment by Graham — February 8, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    Hi – I may have missed a reference to this in the comments – but, having started using ths splendid app once again – this time for quite long scenes that I have recorded, a pause button would be perfect so that one may go over and over a certain line until it s correct and then carry on with the scene. I am sure this must have already been suggested, but I was wondering if this was a feature that we can look forward to in version 3…

  81. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 8, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    Hopefully, you’re just talking about technically correct – the words in the right order and the timing generally correct – as I advise that you not put any performance on your lines at all, and that you speak them softer than your scene partner’s lines, just so they’re there for you should you need them, but not influencing you every time you say your lines to say them that way. I coach people to add performance as it happens – as they are learning their lines, things will arrive, and the more you work with your lines, the more you’ll discover and have available to you when you make your primary and alternate choices for the audition or work. I always find that nuances happen even in the performance itself – and they are not predetermined from the way I’ve recorded my lines in Rehearsal.

    Hope this helps. And yes, we are looking at pause capabilities.


  82. Comment by Graham — February 8, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    Oh yes, I’ve done what you suggest with the recording – quiet delivery of one’s own lines etc. That works perfectly. It’s just that in the early stages when one is doing basic line learning, a pause button would be very helpful. Otherwise at the moment one has to struggle through the whole Scene without the opportunity to work on and correct individual lines, or, alternatively, stop the scene and start from the beginning again, which can be frustrating – in particular, I am finding, with a long scene from a play, say. I suppose different actors like to work in different ways, and for me, at least, a pause facility would be most useful.
    Thanks for replying – and I hope you do include a pause facility in the next version!

  83. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 8, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    Wait – are you talking about playback? You can always grab the round progress button on the playback time line and rewind back or fast forward as far as you want in a scene, and simply tapping and holding on that button pauses it. I thought you were talking about when you were recording the lines.

    Hope this helps.


  84. Comment by readingmyscript — March 5, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

    The application does not fuction as expected in the following: The application forces users to create an account with the developer; barring all imports of PDF documents from the iOS “Open in…” fuction and instead presents the solution of a linked email address to which users can send their scripts to later download to the device. This is not only a convoluted process but it also presents a confidentiality and copyright issue as sensitive materials now have to triangulate through the developer email service. Tap areas on the homescreen buttons are grossly inaccurate. PDF editing features a rudimentary button layout and entirely vague icons. Highlighting does not respond to upward or downward motions and instead scrolls in those directions. Using the draw tool locks the view of the script and prohibits any multi-touch gestures to scroll the document. There is no undo or redo function whatsoever. Audio recordings have no way of pausing and can only be selected by exiting the PDF and selecting the specific recording and entering the document view again. Finally, no documents, texts, highlights, pictures, audio or video recordings can be exported from the application making it useless for archiving or compiling information. On a last note I am requesting a full refund for this misleading, overpriced, and underdeveloped application. As an acting student I cannot afford to be duped of $20 and as so I kindly ask you to please make an exception to your terms of purchase. Thank you for understanding.

  85. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — March 6, 2013 @ 12:14 am

    You wrote (with my responses inline – please read this all the way to the bottom, where I have some important advice for you):

    “…The application does not fuction as expected in the following: The application forces users to create an account with the developer; barring all imports of PDF documents from the iOS “Open in…” fuction and instead presents the solution of a linked email address to which users can send their scripts to later download to the device. This is not only a convoluted process but it also presents a confidentiality and copyright issue as sensitive materials now have to triangulate through the developer email service…”

    The “Open in…” function actually works just the way you expect. I’m sorry you didn’t catch that in the manual. Just tap and hold on the PDF attachment icon in any email you’ve received, and Rehearsal 2 will be one of the choices you can open your PDF in.

    And just so you know, the scripts that are emailed to our server are encrypted with hidden public-private key encryption and only live on the server in encrypted form. They are only decrypted once they are delivered to the user’s device. We husband the production community’s precious scripts with even more care than is shown sending a PDF to you in the clear in the first place.

    “…Tap areas on the homescreen buttons are grossly inaccurate…”

    Not sure what you’re trying to tap on that is inaccurate, but they work just fine for everyone else. And just for grins, I went to my iPhone 4s, my iPhone 5, my iPad (first gen), my iPad (2nd gen), my new iPad, my iPad mini and my iPod Touch, and all of the buttons highlight and react perfectly, on all of the home screens, on all of the devices.

    “…PDF editing features a rudimentary button layout and entirely vague icons. Highlighting does not respond to upward or downward motions and instead scrolls in those directions…”

    Again, you haven’t read the manual (again, accessible via the Help button on the main menu) which describes all functions available from the icons on the toolbar.

    Highlighting in the real world occurs when you pick up a highlighter, and stroke over your lines on a paper script from left to right, or right to left. That’s exactly what happens with Rehearsal.

    Locking the script to prevent highlighting via up and down motions is also by design – because we don’t want you to highlight in vertical strokes, since no scripts are printed that way – we want you to be able to move to your next set of lines.

    “…Using the draw tool locks the view of the script and prohibits any multi-touch gestures to scroll the document…”

    And that is by design. If you want to draw (or write something) with the Scribble tool, do so. If you want to scroll around, disengage the Scribble tool. Keeping the page still so you can draw is pretty much essential – like you do when you hold a piece of paper with one hand to stop it from moving while you draw on it with another.

    “…There is no undo or redo function whatsoever…”

    Again, I’m sorry you didn’t notice the eraser icon (and apparently, didn’t read the manual or watch the built-in help videos) on how it works. Any highlights, beat marks, scribbles or placed comments can easily be moved, removed or deleted.

    “…Audio recordings have no way of pausing and can only be selected by exiting the
    PDF and selecting the specific recording and entering the document view again…”

    Audio can be paused. Simply tap and hold on the progress button. You can also slide that button backward or forward to move to that portion of the script, very handy for when you go up on a line and want to repeat what you’ve just heard, or jump to a later moment in a scene. Oh, and the script moves too, so you can see where you’re going.

    “…Finally, no documents, texts, highlights, pictures, audio or video recordings can be exported from the application making it useless for archiving or compiling information…”

    That’s true. And that will be changing with the next rev of the app, because we’ve finally proven to the studios and networks that we work with that the app isn’t dangerous – they wanted us not to include those functions because they were concerned that the app could be used to distribute their copyrighted material. Rehearsal 3 will include a file format in which not only marked up scripts can be synched between devices and your work can be archived, but that file format will include some features that even your complaint didn’t contemplate.

    “On a last note I am requesting a full refund for this misleading, overpriced, and underdeveloped application. As an acting student I cannot afford to be duped of $20 and as so I kindly ask you to please make an exception to your terms of purchase. Thank you for understanding.”

    Feel free to talk to Apple about that – they’re the ones who issue refunds. But before you do, you might want to take a look at how professional actors use the app. Here’s a great example: the Emmy-nominated actress, Julianna Margulies, the star of CBS’ The Good Wife, seems to be able to use the app day in and day out without any of your difficulties. Watch this video as she shares her feelings with fellow nominees Emmy Rossum, Claire Danes (who also uses the app now), January Jones (who also uses the app now), Kyra Sedgwick and others:

    http://rehearsaltheapp.com/thr-video (she starts raving about Rehearsal about 6:30 in)

    Hope this helps.

    And here’s something else that’s really, really important. I want you to read the following carefully.

    You thanked me for my understanding, and the truth is, I understand you all too well.

    In the future, you might want to rethink the incredibly arrogant attitude and approach you’ve employed with this message. That won’t serve you well at all, should you actually attempt to have a career in the performance business.

    Producers want to hire actors that are collegial, friendly, and team players – that are helpful to the production. if you have a complaint about something, you might want to ask questions, seek advice, and get help from a position of knowledge rather than making incomplete and inaccurate statements. You got all your facts wrong here, you came at me like a steam roller, and yet, I’m happy to help you either way.

    But the production and casting community aren’t going to be as charitable if you choose to keep that up. You may think that the approach you took with this message to me was effective – I can assure you it was not. Should you survive the ivory tower of your student life and actually try to have a professional acting career, it would be suicide to act that way, despite what your ineffective training in discipline and manners have led you to believe.

    I certainly don’t expect you to hear that advice easily – it should feel like a stinging slap on the face. It was meant to feel that way. But I certainly hope you heed it.

    Just some words of advice from an actor who actually makes his living as an actor.

    If you have any further comments or questions, please try to be nicer about making them and asking them. As I said, I’m happy to help you.


  86. Comment by Mike Burnie — March 17, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    Hi Peops. Enjoying your app: it’s really quite intuitive and I’ve managed to find my way around quite well so far :-)

    Please can I make two suggestions for future mods:

    (1) Please can you introduce a PAUSE facility so that it isn’t necessary to keep a finger on the progress bar while rehearsing in order to achieve a pause. It would be a really useful feature if you could manage it, and would save ‘scrubbing’ through to where I think might be the right place. Sometimes you might not want to start all over again if you’ve had to put the iPad down to answer the phone or the door. A quick press to pause and press to unpause would be fantastic.

    (2) I really like the reaveal lines feature where you can tap and hold to reaveal the lines when they are blanked out. Would it be possible to enable this while in rehearsal mode? or does it work that way already and I’m doing something wrong?


  87. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — March 17, 2013 @ 8:33 am


    Thanks for writing!

    We’re already working on (1) for version 3, and we’ll put (2) in the suggestion queue for other features to add to version 3. Tapping and holding while the script is moving would seem to indicate that you want to pause rather than reveal, but let’s see what we can do.

    Again, thanks!


  88. Comment by Lena — March 28, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    David, I’ve been meaning to post a note thanking you for your time helping me with the “scrolling” function of the audio recordings. Once you explained to me how it works and I recorded the script in its original PDF size (i.e., I didn’t enlarge the font), I haven’t had any more problems. Most of all, I really appreciated your willingness to actually talk me through the process–via a phone call. That was very kind of you! Take care–and thanks again.

  89. Comment by Jayson Lee — April 7, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    A shame that you believe that the entertainment industry is strictly Apple — as a working actor/director, I find that not to be true at all. In fact, doing an informal survey on set, I find the majority of phones to be Android, a handful of Blackberrys, and only one or two iPhones. Android is actually a far superior operating system — not sure where you get that it’s all Java-based — and I’m sad that there isn’t a comparable app to yours on the market. I don’t understand the piracy issue — but then again, I’ve never NOT paid for an app — but I see why it would be prohibitive for you.

    In any event, best wishes for the continuing development and success of the app. Here’s hoping you’ll reconsider your Android thoughts…


  90. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — April 7, 2013 @ 7:00 pm


    I really appreciate you writing. I don’t think I ever said it was strictly apple, although I certainly have used words like “predominately” and “overwhelmingly” as that has been, and continues to be my experience, especially with professional apps. I’ve been doing the same informal surveying on sets, and while our results haven’t been the same, I certainly see more actors using Android phones. At the same time, I see people using more and more iPads, so…

    I do watch the market carefully. If google would just police the stack better, I’d be more apt to consider it. And a question: what is android based on if not Java? The apps are written in Java, and the audio routines are all Java based. The original programming was in C and C++, but with a Java construct and the path to apps via Java.

    Again, thank you, and I hope to work with you someday!


  91. Comment by Dave — April 15, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Not sure what I’ve done wrong here, but suddenly I can’t open new scripts in Rehearsal 2. I get a “PDF Decryption Failed” error. Updated to the latest, uninstalled/reinstalled, etc. This is happening on multiple PDFs. Any ideas?

  92. Comment by Dave — April 15, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Thanks for your help on the PDF decryption issue – The app is working perfectly again! And also thanks for the amazingly fast and friendly support!

  93. Comment by Jamie Beamish — June 27, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    Hi David,

    Is it possible for rehearsal to remember the last script page read when you open the app or have I missed something? I currently use rehearsal for learning lines but need to use goodreader when just reading scripts. It’d be great to use rehearsal for both. A search function would be excellent too to be able to find your character :-)

    Any timescale on the new version coming out? Looking forward to the improvements and new features.


    Jamie Beamish

  94. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — June 28, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    We are planning a bookmark function in version 3. As noted below, search is not on our radar, as most scripts are marked up scans of scripts (CD notes, starts, stops, x-d out scenes etc) – but it may sneak in if we can figure out how to discern text PDFs from graphic PDF’s (not so easy). For now, you’ll just have to hunker down and read your script to find your character. :-)


  95. Comment by Gerry — September 28, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Does the app work on the new iOS 7 platform? Would love to know before purchasing.


  96. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 30, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    It does. Note the recording fix at the top of this page for iOS 7.

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