The word ensemble can be defined as a group of musicians, actors, or dancers who perform with all parts working together as a whole.
This is the essence of a theatre production, especially one with a large cast.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe has a cast of 34 people, ranging in age from eight year olds to adults, and together they form a large ensemble.
Rehearsals for this production are well underway in the theatre and the cast are becoming familiar with the performance space.
When we have talked to cast members of productions over the years about the things they have most liked about being in a production, the most common reply has been the enjoyment of working together with like-minded people; everyone is in the same boat going in the same direction and every actor's part is valued and necessary to create the finished product.
During the rehearsal process everyone learns the value of being in a scene.
Whether they are a static lamp post or a tree or a character with a speaking part, each person on stage helps to create the atmosphere and cast members know that even if they are not talking in a scene, it does not mean they are invisible.
If they can see the audience, the audience can see them.
The enthusiastic cast of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe have immersed themselves in the world of Narnia and this large ensemble will draw you into their world when this production hits the stage in late November.
The play exploration of The Borrowers, a children's fantasy novel written by English author Mary Norton, first published in 1952 and adapted for the stage by Charles Wray, was held on Wednesday, August 21 at the Playhouse.
The night was well attended and the participants enjoyed visiting the miniature world of Arietty and the Borrowers and the Human Beans that lived above them.
Many present enjoyed reading the book as children.
There was much discussion and ideas about how to translate the little people and the full sized people to the stage and it was thought to be a great choice and entertaining concept for a future production.