Tonight we cap off our weeks of rehearsal with an Understudy Run-Through. During this entire process our incredible understudies have observed rehearsals and notated choreography and blocking for the principal roles — all while also learning and perfecting their work in the chorus. Kudos to them for their dedication and tenacity; and for their willingness to take on this daunting double challenge. Hopefully, it has been a great learning experience for them. Sometimes it can be quite illuminating to stand back and watch another actor maneuver his or her way through the creation of a role. It allows for calm assessment and rational analysis; which just isn’t always possible when you’re in the heat of the moment. It allows an actor to observe what works and why, and to contemplate how and why they would do it differently. So tonight they’ll show us their take on the roles — and it should be a delightful treat. Not only is this an opportunity for the understudies to put their observations and notations in action, but it is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to see the entire production in a new light. I never cease to be amazed at the difference when two actors interpret the same role. The staging will be the same, the choreography will be the same and the directorial intent will be the same. But each character, and the overall dynamic of the production, will be forged anew. It should be great fun, but it should also be incredibly enlightening. Just as the understudies have gleaned knowledge and insights by watching the principals work over the past weeks, the principals will now be able to take their turn in the observation chair. As they witness their roles being interpreted through new voices, they will enjoy a rare opportunity to step back and assess, to analyze and to observe. No doubt, we will all make many new and exciting discoveries.