Theatre Thursday

A Chorus of Power

I am so sad!  I was adding my last picture to a blog post I was proud of and it all froze.  I lost everything.  I sure hope I can do justice to my first attempt or maybe even “one-up” myself.

My co-worker and friend Jeff is fond of saying that you go to a show expecting the leads to be good.  They got the lead role after all.  What really makes a show exceptional is an outstanding chorus.  Being a part of the chorus helps teach the theatre experience to many students by building a cohesive family and further acting skills that will enhance your production.  The chorus can add texture to the stage life and richness within the production rather than draining the energy and diluting the focus.

The chorus populates the the world of the show, gives a range of levels of of society, and increases believably of the story.  It is the chorus that truly communicates the world of the play to the audience through little vignettes.


The chorus reinforces important and emotional moments.  They tell the audience how to feel in the scene.

The chorus gives the principles a sounding board, an obstacle to work around, and helps to the main character take action, reflect on their actions and consider new options.

The chorus are story tellers.  They move the story line along.


The chorus creates a visual story and helps draw focus to the story line.  The chorus is more that a pretty picture.  The chorus movements express the attitude of the society in the show, thus moving the story along.

The chorus has the power to dazzle and stir the audience toward an intended goal.

Encourage the chorus to be individuals, to create identities, build relationships, create occupations, social status, and rules of behavior.  This allows the director to create textured staging full of story telling possibilities.  This identity can be formed through a study of the script and stage directions, the lyrics and the music.  Sometimes actors may need to create their own biography: name, important relationships, occupation, circumstances, superobjective.

My friend is right.  The chorus truly is a sign of the quality of a production.  No part is a small part.  Every role is important to the story.

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1 thought on “A Chorus of Power”

  1. I have one child who has only wanted to be in the ensemble. Never wants any other role. Then my other child is in the ensemble for the first time after having two major roles previously and is trying hard to make sure he stands out. I love your perspective.


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