Electra is an ensemble character from the musical Cats. As one of the minor kitten characters, she is often cut from smaller productions.
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Electra is generally considered to be a quiet, reserved cat. Many fans consider her to be the most mature of the 'kittens' in each show as she is generally less hyperactive than Etcetera, who tends to overshadow her. However in productions that do not feature Etcetera, Electra tends to be a louder, more energetic character.
Electra is principally a dancing role; she has lines in group songs such as "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats", but doesn't play a significant role in the show or have any solos. In productions where Electra is included but Etcetera is not, she will take the position of screaming uncontrollably at Tugger. She is most often seen playing with the other kittens, most often Etcetera, Jemima, Pouncival and Tumblebrutus.
In Australian style productions, Electra commonly appears as a chorus character, able to be cut when the actress is covering another role. In the 2015-16 tour, Electra was promoted to main cast with understudies.
Electra is a dark ginger and black tortoiseshell and/or tabby (Torbie) cat, usually portrayed in the show as a kitten. Unusually she has considerably more fluff than usual, running down her torso and down one arm instead of an armwarmer.
Electra's development in the early months of the original production, as told through the original designs by John Napier, is complex: The design that we recognise as Jennyanydots was originally labelled Electra. The original plan was for Judi Dench to play both Jennyanydots and Grizabella, both as featured characters and presumably she did not dance in the ensemble as we are used to both Jenny and Babygriz doing. When Judi Dench was injured and dropped out of the show, Elaine Paige replaced her as Grizabella. However, Jennyanydots was taken over by Myra Sands, and the ensemble costume Myra wore became Jennyanydots' regular look, rather than Electra. Subsequently the un-named "kitten" costume worn by Anita Pashley took the name Electra.
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