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Program The Understudy Nunsense June 23 - July 30

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Otterbein Summer Theatre Presents

The

Understudy Bj Theresa Rebeck Directed by

Christina Kirk Scenic (& Lighting

Costume Design

RobJohnson

Rebecca White

Sound Design

Stage Managed by

Natalie Moran

Kathryn Sykes

June 23-26 June 30-July 2 Campus Center Theatre, 100 West Home Street The World V^remiere of The Undersaidy uas produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nicholas Martin, Andsdc Director, July 23, 2008.

'rhe Understudy was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds provided by The l.eading Nation;il Theatres Program, a joint initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the iVndrew W. MeDon l-oundadon. THE UNDERSTUDY is presentr’d by special anrimgcraent with Dramatists Play Semce, Inc., New York


Cast Harry............................................................................................. Leon Axt Roxanne.................................................................................Stanzi Davis Jake...................................................................................... Jake Robinson

SBtttia A Broadway theatre in New York City. Please note: Gun shots and strobe effects ivill be used during this production.

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Production Toam Departmenr Chair/Co-Producer.....................................................John Stefano Audience Services Director/Co-Producer.........................Elizabeth Saltzgiver Assistant Audience Services Director................................................... Polly Levi ...................... Derrick MePeak Assistant Director............. Production Manager......... .......................Christina France ................................. Tim Veach Choreographer................... ............................Colin Murray Technical Director............ .........................Richard Uhrick Scenic Studio Supervisor.. ...............................Marcia Plain Costume Shop Supervisor ................................Katie I-alter Assistant Stage Manager... ...................... .Justin P. Conway Master Ctirpenter............... ...................... Alexandria Flynn Charge Artist....................... ...........................Michael Minite Props Master....................... .............................. Emily Mellon Wardrobe Master............... ............................. Wilm Pierson Master Electrician............. ......Shelly Vance, Kelly Ganiev Technical Apprentice........ .............................Jordan Martin Box Office Manager......... Maria Archer, Jamie Ferguson Box Office Assistants....... House Manager..................................................................................Deanne Reed Office Assistants............. Shane Zalcberg, F.auren Friednash, Joyah Spangler Publication Designer......................................................................Jamie Ferguson

Director’s Note The Understudy introduces us to three people striving to prove their self worth “in a world that’s gone so far down the road into existential shame and anxiety that the self can’t even regenerate a sense of being.” Clearly influenced by Franz Kaflta, Theresa Rebeck gives us three individuals burdened with guilt, isolation and anxiety malting a futile search for a way to justify their existence. The stuff of comedy! In Theresa Rebeck’s hands it is. What better backdrop for Kafka’s theme of the hopelessness of the individual’s attempts to revolt against the absurd than the Broadway and film industry? The search for authentic value or connection becomes ridiculous in an industry that pays a movie star $2.3 million to yell, “GET IN THE TRUCK!” The Understudy asks the question, “How can you prove you are who you say you are?” While Kaf­ ka’s works might leave us half-smiling and half weeping. Rebeck gives us per­ mission to laugh heartily and, perhaps, even find some relief in accepting and surrendering to the absurdity.

—Christina Kirk, Director


About the Production. Theresa Rebeck (Playwright) Ls a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abrtiad. Past New Yttrk productions of her work include Mmmtm at the Biltmore Theatre in a Man­ hattan Theator Club Ptfiduction; TCr Yewc, The Water's Edge, Ijjose Knit, The Y'amily of Maim and Spike Heels at Second Stage: Bad Dates, Tlx Butterpfy Collection and Our House at Playwrights Horizons; and Vien'oJ the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop, Omnium Gatheivm (co-written, finalist for the Pulit­ zer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana I'estival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. Her newest work, Ttx Understudy, premiered at the 2008 Williamstown Theatre I'estival and ran in New York at the Laura Pels Theater in a Rtiundabout Theatre Company productitin as part of their 2(K)9 - 2010 season. All of Ms. Rebeck’s past produced plays are published by Smith and Kraus as Theresa Rebeck: Complete Plays, Volumes 1,11 and HI and in acting editions available from Samuel I’rench or Playscripts. Ms. Rebeck’s other publications are Free Fire Zone, a book of comedic essays about writing and show business. She has wmtten for American Theatre Magazine and has had cxceq')ts of her plays published in the Harvard Review. Ms. Rebeck’s first novel. Three Carls and Their Brother, was published by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books in April 2008. Her second novel, Tinhe Rooms With A View, was published by Random House/Shaye Areheart Books in May of 2010. Both novels arc available online and at booksellers everywhere. In television, Ms, Rebeck has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, law; American Dreamer, Majdmum Bob, I'irst Wave, and Third VClttch. She has been a writer/producer for Canterbury’s I,aw, Smith, Law' and Order:Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Her produced feamre films include Flarriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play. The Scene. Ms. Rebeck is originally from Cincinnati and holds an MI'A in Playwrighting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, bttth from Brandeis Univer­ sity. She is a proud board member of the Dramatists Ciuild, a Contributing Lxlitor to die Harvard Re­ view, an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company and has taught at Brandeis l.'niversity and Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Franz Kafka Franz Kafka was a Czech-born, German-speaking, Jewish philosopher and writer born in Prague on July 3, 1883. The eldest of six children, born to a salesman father and a mother who was a prosperous brewer and more educated chan her husband, Franz had a turbulent relationship with his father because of his father’s authoritarian and demtinding character. Kafka first studied chemistn' at Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague, but switched after two weeks to law; After his first year of studies, he met Max Brod who would become a close friend and would later publish Kafka’s works and writings. Thanks largely to Brod’s efforts, Kafka’s slim, enigmatic corpus was gradually recognized as one of the great monuments of 20th-century literature. Kafka did not attempt to shock readers with detailed descriptions of horrific scenes; he preferred blunt absurdity. Many of Kafka’s writings focus on die quest for meaning and wisdom as weO as the alienation of the individual in society. His works include: The Metamorphosis, The Trial, The Castle, The Judgment, A.merika, ]osepbine the Singer, or The Mouse Folk, andM Hunger Artist, all published posthumously. There is an ongoing legal controversy about the works w'hich remain unpublished. In 1939, Max Brod boarded a train to Palestine carrying a suitcase scuffed with Kafka’s unpublished w'ritings. Some of the contents of this suitcase were never published, and after Brod’s death, they c;ime into the possession of Brod’s lover, Esther Hoffe, The legal question is this: Should Kafka’s w'ritings remain private property or should they belong to all of humanity? The case has dragged on in the courts for two years with no new developments.


Blmranhiiis_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Christina Kirk (Director) is a Ml professor of theatre at Otterbein University where she has taught since 1992. She has performed at the Illinois Shakespeare Festiviil, the Nebraska Rep­ ertory^ Theatre, the Illinois Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO), and in the Joseph Jefferson award winnitig Kabuki Medea. I’avorite roles include “B” in Three Tall Wnmen at CATCO and the title role in Medea at Otterbein. Her one-woman shows which premiered at Columbus Dance Theatre, w'as featured in the March 2006 Theatre Journal. Directing credits include The laving Theatre, New’ Dramatists, and assisting liviu Ciulei at Arena Stage. Favorite directing prttjects at Otterbein include The CMUcasian Chalk Circle and Arcadia. She has an M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University and a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinttis. She has also tniined extensively wdth Shakespeare & Company. In addition, she is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga. Rob Johnson (Scenic Designer) is a full professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Otterbein University. With Otterbein since 1987, Rob teaches scenic design, scenic render­ ing, model-making, computer-aided drafting and a number of specialty courses in computer graphics. Recent design work at Otterbein includes the settings for the musical The Drowsy . Chaperone and the comedy Born Yesterday, Rob will also be designing the second summer season show, the musical Nnnsense. He will be “resurrecting” his design from twenty years ago when ! he teamed up with director Doreen Dunn for the summer smash hit from 1981, before the computer age wRen all of his drawings were done by hand! He W'-ould, as always, like to thank God for his many blessings :ind w'onderful career.

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Rebecca White (Uosmme Designer) is Otterbein’s faculty Ccjstume Designer. She teaches ccturses in Costume Design, Costume Techntjlogy, and Makeup. Origimilly from Minnesota, Rebecca holds an MFA fr(3m the University of Minnesota, a BS from the University of Wis­ consin, LaCrosse, and has worked witli The Penumbra Theatre Company Park Square The­ atre, Theatre rilomme Dieu, The Santa F'e Opera, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the Minnesota Centennial Showboat. Here at Otterbein, Rebecca has designed the costumes for several productions including Dance 2010: The Flip Side, Pippin, Peter Pan, Julius Caesar, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and A Delicate Balance. Natalie Moran (Sound Designer/Sound Operatf)r) will be a junior BFA Design/'Iechnology major starting next school year. Natalie has w'orked on several productions at Otterbein including Pippin (Assistant Sound Operator), Otterbein Summer Theatre 2010 (W'ardrobe Master), Born Yesterday (Sound Designer), The Wild Party (Assistant Charge Artist), and The Storytelling Ability of a Boy (Charge Artist). She would like to thank her parents for helping her mow her entire life tw-ice this summer and for continuing to visit her often!

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Kathryn Sykes (Stage Manager) is so blessed to be a part of Otterbein Summer Theatre! This is the first show she has stage managed here at Otterbein. She is looking forward to do­ ing more shows and getting a lot of experience! In her spare time Kathryn enjoys laughing, drinking too much coffee, and dancing. She’d like to thank her wonderful family for alw’ays being supportive of her love of art, her beautiful friends, her three amazing mentors who have helped nurture her craft, and to God for the gift of life.


HioBraiiliiiiii _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Tim Veach (Choreographer) is the Artistic Director and founder of Columbus Dance The­ atre where he is the resident chtjreographer, teaches in the school, and serves as chief admin­ istrator. He holds an M.h'.A. in choreography from The Ohio State University and a B.F.A. in acting from The University of Illinois. Mr. Veach has choreographed dozens of works for Columbus Dance Theatre including its signamre ballet, Matched For more than two decades he worked as a performer and choreographer touring internarionally and throughout the U.S. with both ballet and contemporary dance companies. His choreography for dance, theatre, and opera has been presented by: Opera Columbus, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, WOSU-TV, The Crested Butte Music Festival, The Toledo Opera, Contemponuy Dance Ifort Worth, The Lancaster Arts Festival, JazzMet, The Ohio State University, The Illinois State University, Ohio Wesleyan LJniversity, and New York Central Ballet, and Otterbein University among others. Mr. Veach has directed and/or choreographed dozens of plays and music;ils. Amttng them are: Sweeney Todd, Phantom, Romeo andjnlkt. The Royal Hunt of the Sim, Fiddler on the RnoJ, Arcadia, Marriage of True Minds, Trojan Women, A Chorus Line, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Christina Kirk’s Conversations with Judith Malina. He is a nationally recttgnized teacher hav­

ing taught at numerous universities and festivals throughout the U.S. Flis former students now dance in outstanding dance Companies including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Hub­ bard Street Dance Company, The la^uisville Ballet, the Nashville Ballet, Cleveland Dancing Wheels and have gained acceptance to such programs as the Juilliard School, and The School of American Ballet. Marcia Main (Costume Shop Superthsor) has been a member of the Otterbein Theatre Tech Staff since 1989. She runs the cosmme shop full time and has also designed for the productions of You Can’t Take it With You, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Babes In Arms, Altar Boys:, Dance 2009; To Each His Own, Dance 2007; Gotta Dance!, Urinetonm, My Way, The Spitfire GnH, Private IJves, Hello, Dolly! Harvey, Dance 2006; Street Test, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Dance 2005; Passions, The Ugly Duckling + 2, The Music Man, Schoolhouse Rock, Lite! The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Guy, A Giriand Gershwin, Blithe Spirit, The Secret Garden, Oklahoma, Hay Fever, Dance 2000, Pinocchio, How The Other Half 'Loves, Once Upon A Mattress, 1776, A Few Good Men, and Sherlock’s Last Case. She also served as Associate Designer for Phantom. Ms. Hain has an extensive background in Home Economics, as well as

commercial costuming and free-lance design and construction. Richard Uhrick (Scenic Studio Supervisor) Before his return to liis alma mater, he worked in Regional Tlieatres across the Midwest and New England. He received his Master’s in Theatre Technology from UMKC in 1997. He now lives in Columbus with his wife, Lisa, and his son Michael. They work with Ohitj Pug Rescue, to provide abandoned or surrendered dogs foster homes. In addition, they are active foster parents. Rich is also a published poet and newsletter editor for the Columbus Bonsai Society. Leon Axt (Harry) is a most recent graduate of some University' in the Midwest, you may have heard of it, Otterbein. This show. The Understudy, will be his final huzzah in the world of col­ lege as a student. Now, I’ve done some other shows here at tlie ole ‘bein, such as A Question of Merg, Bom Yesterday, Pippin, Savage Love, and let us not forget the Junior Cabaret where his multi-cultural outreach programs re;illy had a mainstay in his work. Thanks to the service­ able men of Pi Beta Sigma. OF'A. And remember “if you ever happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary full of loathing and self-doubt and wracked with the pain


BimminliiBg _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ and isolation of your pitiful meaningless existence at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy ol’ mixed up universe of ours, there’s still a little place...” Justin P. Conway (Master Carpenter) a junior Design/Technology major, has already had a ton of fun building sets for Otterbein Summer Theatre 2011. As Master Carpenter, Justin will have constructed the sets for bt)th The Undmiudy and Nmisense. Previously at Otterbein, Justin has served in such positions as Assistant Master Electrician for Dance 2011: Ttip the Light FanUistk, Assistant Lighting Designer for The Wild Party, Assistant Technical Director tor Born Yesterdcry, and Master Carjienter for Pippin, as well as many other run-crew positions at Otterbein. After graduation, Justin hopes to take what he has learned at Otterbein and turn it into a career in special effects and pyrotechnics for live events and theatre. Originally from Barberton, OH, he would like to extend thanks to his parents Patrick and Bonnie Conw'ay, without whom his presence at Otterbein w’tjuld not be possible. Justin would also like to thank Technical Director Colin Murray for teaching him something each step of the w'ay and tor letting him put his newly found skills at welding to use. Break a leg cast and crew! Stanzi Davis (Roxanne) would like to preface this biography with an overwhelming “thank you” to all the stage managers out there. She has spent the past weeks of rehearsal learning and merely skimming tlie surface - all that this job entails. Statrzi hopes you enjoy Ms. Rebeck’s behind-the-scenes tale of the theatre as much as she does. She would like to thank (Ltd for the many blessings in her life: femily^ summertime, talented scene partners, Chris Kirk, Kaflta and Felice, and the hope for that “one person.” Katie Falter (Assistant Stage Manager) is so pleased that she w*as able to ASM this wonderful prf)duction. She w'as very busy this past quarter being an ASiVI for The Drowsy Chaperone. She will also be an ASM for Nnnsense in July! Katie would like to say a BIG thank you to Kathryn for all the lunches, tennis dates, and for being aw’esome; Chris and Derrick for their wisdom; and Stanzi, Jake and Leon for all the laughs and line notes. Here’s to hoping that I don’t mess up as much as Laura does...freaking stoner. Thank you aU for coming, 1 hope you enjoy the show! Derrick MePeak (Assistant Director) is excited to be a part of Summer Theatre and is thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director fttr this prttduction. He has had an incredible e.xperiencc working with the exceedingly talented and extremely funny cast of this production. All three of you are phenomenal! He w'ould like txt thank Chris for this opportunity and for allowing him to be so intimately involved with the process. He would also like to thank Christina for “being a boss” at her job. Enjoy the show everybody! “Anyone wEo keeps the abdin^ to see beauty will never grow old.” — Franz Kafka EmUy Mellon (XXardrobe Master) is a sophomtjre BA Theatre major. The Understudy is her fifth show here at Otterbein and she has been happy to be a part of it. She would like to thank the cast and w'onderful crew for all of their hard work, and the audience for their patronage. Most of all, Emily would like to thank her family for aU of their love and support. Enjoy the show! Colin Murray (Technical Director) is a two-time award winning Technical Director from Pickerington. He has worked as Technical Director for several productions at Otterbein, in-


BiiwraBliias_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ eluding Born YesUrday and Dead Man's Cell Phone. Colin also works as a freelance lighting tech­ nician and rigger for local production companies, and serves as Pickerington High School Central’s resident lighting designer. When he is not working in theater he spends his time as the director of aquatic life at Club 27 and is training to join the Columbus hire Department. Colin would like to thank his family and friends for their suppttrt, Eric for teaching me what I know, Dan for keeping him full, and Rick, Steve, Jared, and R.J. for carrying the flag. Jake Robinson Qake) is thrilled to be a part of his first Otterbein Summer Theatre Produc­ tion playing the wonderfully typecast rttle of Jake in The Undersi/idy\ Previous credits include Lewis in Pippin, Black in The Wild Party, and Tt^rvald in A Doll’s House. }a.ke would like to thank his fellow actors as well as the entire ensemble that has made The Understudy a wonderful expe­ rience. Also, his family and God who constantly keeps liim honest! Laugh! Enjoy!


Honorary Cast List Otterbein Summer Theatre honors those who have given so generously to the 2011 Season. Thank youfor contributing to the education of our students'.

Designer ($500 - $999)

Diva ($250-$499)

Christine Cox Richard Ciilbert & Dr. Kathy A. Krendl .Mark & Betty Peters

Albert Minor, Jr. Dr. Hugh & Elizabeth Allen Pearson McWane Carolyn Merry & Dr. Ted & baleen Huston Robert Red field Douglas Smeltz Mr. & Mrs. Paul Reiner

Star ($199-$249) I j I

Barbara Rupple iirnest & Maryann Barthel Vince & Gayle 1 lerried James & Linda Paxton j Dianna Ball John & Rowene Bessey Dennis & Jane Blank Michael & Gloria Burns , Drs. David & Edith Cole Edmund & Diane Cox

Roy & Joy Croy Tracy Shea Paul Hammock Donald & Carol Shoemaker Herbert & Jeanne Johnston Howard & Bonnie Spring JodyJones David & Beclcey Stamm Robert & Polly I.inclemann J. Mikal & Janice Townsley Bernard I.osekamp Dr. Joanne F. Van Sant Ron Lykins Willis Wliite, Jr. Michael & Nancy Miller James & Sue Wintering Dennis & Sue Ann Norton Dr. Jeftrey & Veronica Reutter

Supporting Actor ($50 -$99) I I j

Nancy Gates Sylvia Vance Leonard & Rtrberta Clark ] Jack & Peggy Moreland I Nimcy Piter ' John & Clare Shary * Mr. & Mrs. Harold Amspoker Carl Sc Carolyn Boehm Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Cash Barb Ciapham Mike & Debra Collins Margaret Doone Mr. & Mrs. James Farmer Herbert & Juditlt Gross Plailip & Kathleen Gross

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Hansgen Ned Sc Jenny Heinbach Richard & Ann Henderson Nationwide Foundation Bernard & Julane Himmelsbach Norman & Felice Hosansky Timothy Sc Sally Key Thomas Sc Gail Kolda Mr. & Mrs. William I.athrop Mr. Sc Ms. Fred Lawrence Christine lati Dr. Sc Mrs. Ronald Litvak William & Judith McCartney Nellie Molea

William Murphy Muriel Pratt Nanq' Schweiger Mr. Sc Mrs. Alan Smith Rex & Jane Sprague Tliomas & Beverly Ann Steckert Lee & Adelc Stratton Roger & Margaret Trent David Sc Patricia Uhrick Anne Van Buskirk Kay Wagner Jean Sc Donald Watren Carl & Judith Weaver


Honorary Cmt Uiit Cniit. Extra ($10-$49) Richard & C}ail Lyndes I.en & Shijxon Bussard David & Karen Heddcn George & Kimberly Hoessly Joann Price Ruth Adamonis linda Bixby Patrick & linda Blaynev Mr. & Mrs. Richard Brown Kathleen Butler Ted (lhaney Dr. John & Barbara Condon Richard & Marie Dilley Henry & Emily Hall Warreit & Hazel Hayes John & Ann Hentz Barbara Hughes Larry & Nancy Johnson. Michael & Judith Krasnoff Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Martens Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Miller Neil & Connie Gstrove Helen Samuels Herlaert &Joan Seiple Ronald & Joyce St. Pierre James & Ramona Edraan John & Martha Strahan Roger & Joann Wilson John &Jean Zetder Delores Evans

Charles & Charlene Hammond F-lliotr & Ruth Hodgdon Mr. & Mrs. Virgil Kline Elsie & Carol Kraft Alan & Carol Norris D;tnid & Mildred Patience Robert & Janice Patton Mary Jane Slak Marilyn Spires-Pierotri James Tarpoff Ann Ziegel David Binkovitz F'ern Hunt Thomas & Susiin White Sara Willson Virginiajones Donald Swift •Lawrence & Constance Ackert Bruce Ardinger David & Denise Clouse Jack Garner David & Alma Holl Joseph & Elizabeth Kolmer Barbara Martin Trudy Mason Patricia Miller William Miller Madelon Timmons &c William Miller Robert & Eleanor Murphy

James & Carol Waugh Grace Wiley Rev. Laura Wilson Duane & Diane Yothers Marvin & Anne Bonowitz (ilerald & Karen Ciula Candyce Conzoneri Candis Criner Janice Dunphy Ixslie Gotxlman Beverly (ilreen Jill & William Harper David & Marge Markovich Karen Brown Mary McGuire Gerane Rohner David & Diane Russell Paul & Alyce Sheridan Joan St. James Janice Staats Paul &c Laura Stehura Norman Ullom-Morse Richard & Diane Demlow Hope Seel Diana Butts


Otterbein Summer Theatre Latecomer’s Policy - The House Manager may seat late­ comers only during times which minimize disruption of the performance. The management accepts no responsibility for inconvenience to latecomers and can make no adjust­ ment because of it. Fire Notice - The exits are indicated by red lights. In the event of fire or other emergency, please do not run - walk to the exit as directed by theatre management. Cameras and Recording Devices - The use of recording equipment and the taking of photographs during the perfor­ mance are strictly prohibited. Restrooms and Telephones - The restrooms and tele­ phones are located underneath the lobby in Cowan Hall and on the ground level of the Campus Center Administrative Office (614) 823-1657 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Role they understudied

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Dolly in //e//o, Dolly!

Elaine Stritch

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Elder Price in Book of Mormon

Sarah Jessica Parker \. Bernadette Peters Norbert Leo Butz Judy Kaye

Annie in Annie \

Sally Adams in Call Me Madam Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Gladys Hotchkiss in Pajama Game

Catherine Zeta Jones

Peggy Sawyer in 42nd street

Jo Anne Worley

Brook/Amy in Motherhood the Musical

Matthew Morrison

Baby June in Gypsy

Amanda Huxtable

Link in Hairspray

Nick Spangler

Lily Garland in On the 20th century

(verb) 1) to learn a role in order to replace the regular ac­ tor when necessary. 2) (noun) an actor who learns the lines and/or choreography of a leading performer. j Understudies are not to be confused with standbys. Although both have very simi5|ar jobs, understudies have a bigger undertaking as they have to learn a role as op­ posed to Just being in the ensemble. There is also a swing who knows all the ensem­ ble parts. If the understudy goes on, the swing will fill the regular chorus role of the understudy.

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