The show must go on, so injured Reed Sigmund will eventually play The NIght Watchman in "Corduroy" at Children's Theatre Company. In the meantime, he's getting a little help from his friends. /Dan Norman

There's always an element of surprise in the theater but there's an additional element of it at the Children's Theatre Company production of "Corduroy." Less than a week into its run, three different actors have played one of the leading roles.

The part is The Night Watchman, which was expected to be played by CTC company member Reed Sigmund (who's perhaps best known for his portrayals of the title character in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"). But Sigmund reinjured a previous injury to his hand during "a routine move in rehearsal" shortly before opening night, March 9. So his understudy, Dwight Leslie, went on in his place for the first weekend's performances.

Busy Leslie also has another gig at CTC, though -- he's the Scarecrow in "The Wiz" -- so he couldn't continue in the role. Which is why CTC has booked actor/choreographer Brian Sostek to play The Night Watchman who searches for the title character, a teddy bear come to life in a department store. Sostek's first show was March 14 and he is scheduled to play the part until Sigmund heals up -- which, at press time, could be as early as this weekend.