When rehearsals began, she was so impressed with him that she made him understudy for Jason's leading role.
he had to understudy Prospero
He is standing to the side once again on this day, an understudy in this tumultuous theatre.
What is an understudy or replacement to do when he takes over a role vacated by a star?
We should've just gotten an understudy for her role!
After the auditions, she told me that she wanted me to understudy all of the parts, since I knew them already, just in case.
Shortly after making the move, she was hired as an understudy for the company.
I was his understudy for a few years and I tried to learn as much as I could from him.
It's a bit like the old fairy tale of an understudy in the theatre getting their chance when the real lead falls ill and given the opportunity commands the stage.
The understudy has had laryngitis for the past week.