The Ensemble is Everything
Mrs. Elizabeth's personal Favorite role to play: Ensemble Member
Congrats you were cast as Ensemble Member #30!
"What does that mean? I've never heard of Ensemble Member #30...."
An Assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole
Being cast in the ensemble or a part of a Chorus can sometimes be confusing because there are so many unknown factors. Which songs will I be in, will I be featured & how so, how many characters will I play, will I like these characters , etc....
As a director I'd like to encourage us to teach our children , our young actors, and even ourselves...... perspective is everything.
How we look at an opportunity is so important. To not fear what we do not know, but to explore it.
I once heard the word "ensemble" & the word "Nothing" used together. It truly shook me to my core & saddened me beyond belief.
As an ensemble member you have the power to breath raw unfiltered creativity into an unknown character. A character the world has yet to meet.
As an Ensemble member you are not "Nothing" ........ in fact you are everything
And what a beautiful thing to be.
Take this beautiful painting for example: A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painted by Georges Seurat.
This painting was the inspiration for the Musical Sunday In the Park with George. Any who....... the painting is beautiful for many reasons... not just one.
It is interesting because there are multiple characters. They have different backgrounds and agendas. They are co-habiting in a specific space... as the viewer you can draw conclusions on how they might feel about one another.
The painting is also made up of many colors and literal dots. All of the tiny dots come together to create a vibrant image. The tiny brush strokes are assembling, the relationships are assembling, the choices the artist has made are assembling, and all of these things come together to achieve the overall picture, the overall purpose, to achieve wholeness.
That's our job as the ensemble member..... to assemble together to make an intricate tapestry of storytelling art.
What powerful & profound work we have ahead of us.