An actor who performs a role in a play or film below that of a lead role, and above that of a bit part.
Much to my husband’s chagrin, I have been listening to show tunes a LOT lately. In listening, it takes me back to when I was a little girl and would listen to these same show tunes. Not only listen, but BELT them out loud. People would start having conversations with me, and I would just keep right on singing along. People used to ask (and probably still do) how I could listen to the same ONE show over and over again, and would make fun of me for it. I didn’t care (and still don’t) I went right on listening and singing. These days I do MOST of the singing along in the shower when I’m home by myself, and let me tell you something: I’m REALLY good at singing! But… Only in the shower 😉
In reminiscing about the LARGE amount of time I spent singing along with these shows, I recall that I very much related to the supporting actress. I always pictured myself as Eponine or Peron’s Mistress or Meg (Christine’s best friend)… you get the idea. In my head, not only did I like these ladies songs and parts better than the leads, but I saw myself as THEM. As the girl pining for the unattainable guy, or the chorus girl who doesn’t get chosen for the role. As I’ve been listening more in my adult life, I am starting to realize that I AM my own leading lady. I got the guy, I’m successful (for the most part), I have the cute little bungalow with a white picket fence. I GOT the happily ever after! Having this realization has made me consider the leads and their supporters in a whole new light. I find myself no longer relating to them in the way that I once did. I find myself in the euphoria of love and happiness. I find myself grateful for all that I have been given, from the love of my life to opportunities to travel, learn and grow.
I am in the lead role I was born to play. I am going to embrace it, cherish it and live it to the best of my ability.