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The Ensemblist #23: Split Tracks

The Ensemblist #23: Split Tracks

May 11, 2014

When you're a swing in a show, you have to be prepared for ANYTHING. You could be called on at any moment to perform almost any part in a show- even if it's not necessarily yours. Stick with us, we'll explain. 

Sometimes things don’t go as planned- and therein lies the beauty and thrill of live theater. When the number of performers calling out of a show exceeds the number of understudies and swings available, everyone bands together to take on the duties of those missing actors- while STILL performing their other parts- in what's called a "split track."

From doing fight choreography without the set number of actors and insanely fast quick changes, to playing roles of the opposite gender and hoping everyone remembers what comes next, split trac” performances are both exhausting and exhilarating. In this episode, Broadway ensemblists Mike Cannon, Celia Mei Rubin and Jennifer Rias explain the technicalities that must be considered when performing a split track and regale us with tales from these “the show must go on” moments. 

Also! Bonus guest Danielle Doherty from Broadway Understudies ( helps us introduce this episode and tell us all about why they champion swings, standbys, and understudies!

Our Guests:

Mike Cannon (All Shook Up, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, The Addams Family, Ghost, Aladdin)

Celia Mei Rubin (Matilda)

Jennifer Rias (Rock of Ages, Aladdin)