In most theatrical productions--particularly large format musicals--the cast consists of leads --those who are featured the most in a show ensemble members --those who support the show tremendously, providing vocals, wonderful dancing, and often, facilitating set changes understudies -- those who are the next in line for lead roles should the performer call out sick or have an important engagement that forces them to miss a show. Usually, understudies are also in the ensemble, so they learn their ensemble track and the lead role standbys --those who understudy a very prominent role in the show that's usually the lead or a major supporting character. Many times, the standbys are not in the ensemble. They just cover that one lead track and are to be at the theatre during the entire show or within 15-30 minutes of the theatre should they need to go on at a moment's notice And finally, the swings No. No, I didn't say swingers 😎 ... though, I mean, nothing's wrong with that
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