Let me preface this by saying that I am not whining. I’m just making an observation.
This is something that I want to make performers aware of. Especially if you are just starting out in the performing artist world and are out of high school.
In almost every show I have been in, at least one of the leads has done the role before.
From a performers perspective, this is unfair. Especially in the world of community theater, one might think that opportunities would be given to those who haven’t had the chance to perform a certain role. But this is a one-sided view (you know how I love my community theaters and all the opportunities they have given me!!!).
I think if I were a director, I might cast at least one veteran as well. That is one person that you really don’t have to worry about. And in community theater where you may have a number of novices, that would be one less thing to worry about. Community theaters need to sell tickets too to keep afloat, so they need to put on good shows.
As a performer, I don’t know if I would ever want to repeat a role. There are pros and cons. If it’s a role you really loved, I can see wanting to do it again. It gives you the chance to be the star again. But it’s a different cast and director, and may not be the way you remembered it or you may not like the interpretation. I guess if nothing else, it would be an interesting experience.