When I entered the wonderful world of community theater, I was initially happy with my being cast in the ensemble of shows. I was happy to be cast as anything considering I was in my 30’s with little to no formal training in dancing, singing or acting. I was the opposite of a triple threat.
Then I had my first lead as Elvira in Blithe Spirit. I quickly followed that up with the role of Martha in The Secret Garden. I loved having lines to memorize, blocking to learn, solos to sing. I felt I was being challenged, learning, creating. It was amazing. I jolted back to reality when I was cast in the ensemble for my next show that year- one without even a single solo speaking line. How could this be? I was a lead, not part of the ensemble. I begrudgingly accepted the role (more because I had been laid off earlier that year and needed SOMETHING to do between sending out resumes) but muttered to myself it would be the last ensemble role for me. 2+ years later and I’m thrilled, PROUD to say it’s been all ensemble roles since then. Because I’ve learned to love the ensemble. And here’s why: