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Hello babes! Today I want to introduce you to my new friend, Ixchel Cuellar. She grew up in San Francisco and is a proud Penn State alumna. My favorite fun fact about Ixchel is she made her Broadway debut in April 2016 in Finding Neverland BEFORE she even graduated from college! (PLUS she only had four days of rehearsal before making her debut. Craziness.) You all know I absolutely love babes who chase down their dreams! Ixchel is a little brunette ball of sunshine and I’m so happy she agreed to this On The Road interview and photoshoot with local photographer Kate Burkholder while she was in Tucson, Arizona with the Finding Neverland national tour. Unfortunately, the tour has closed, but click here to follow Ixchel’s NYC adventures. Happy reading!
I’m sure by now every Broadway fan is familiar with BCEFA, but just in case you’re new to the club, here’s a little history. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. With the help of the American theatre community, BCEFA has raised more than $285 million since 1988. Click here to learn more about the incredible work they do and all BCEFA has accomplished. Today, I am super excited to feature my friend Kali Grider and tell you guys about the upcoming BCEFA event, Broadway Bares!
I try my hardest to make every year of my life better than the last, so naturally, 2018 has already been a wild ride! Way back in December, my good friend Grahm invited me to attend the Hangout Music Festival with his buddies down in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I said yes immediately without a second thought because I love Grahm very much, I had never been to a musical festival and I LOVE adventures. The festival took place May 17- 20th and ended up being an absolute blast! Here are some thoughts I had about my first festival experience!
For today’s edition of On The Road, I am happy to introduce you all to another hunk from the Something Rotten national tour, Kyle Nicholas Anderson! Kyle grew up in Redmond, Washington, and was a real-life Troy Bolton with a love for both baseball and musical theatre. In the 9th grade, Kyle’s life forever changed when he was cast in a production of Les Miserables and completely fell in love with theatre. Kyle graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in musical theatre and went on to perform at the MUNY in Oklahoma and at the Papermill Playhouse in A Christmas Story: The Musical. He is an adorable tenor, understudied Nigel in Something Rotten and has “walking in heels on a raked stage” on his resume. (Obviously I’m obsessed with him.) I hope you enjoy Kyle’s interview!
Let’s talk etiquette. Usually my blog posts are upbeat and joyful, so brace yourselves for a change in tone. (Dun-dun-duhhhhh) Almost every day, my actors come off stage and complain about rude audience members while I’m quick changing them. It’s annoying on all accounts. I thought I should write a little theatre go-er etiquette refresher course. (But of course, my darling reader, I’m confident you are not a theatre rule-breaker.)
Today’s edition of On The Road features the extremely handsome renaissance man (literally), Daniel Beeman! Daniel grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from the University of Missouri. My favorite random fun fact about him is that while he was growing up in the cornhusker state, he was a competitive swimmer AND participated in Irish dance competitions! Truly a renaissance man. Daniel just finished dancing around the United States (understudying Shakespeare and sometimes dressed as an egg) in the first national tour of the hit Broadway show, Something Rotten. I hope you enjoy getting to know him!
I always joke that packing my backpack for a two show day feels like packing for summer camp. When you are locked in a windowless theater all day, you need a lot of supplies! (Or maybe I just do because I’m a littleeee bit high-maintenance.) Here is a list of what I have in my backpack (and dressing room station) on a typical two show day!
This blog post about my rockstar mom has been a long time coming and is honestly a tough one to sit down and write. How can I adequately paint a picture with words of a person who has been my biggest cheerleader since literally day one, grieved for me when my heart was hurting through several seasons (especially middle school…terrible years) and taken me on the greatest adventures of my life? It feels impossible. Stoney Dvornik is a remarkable woman. She is loved by pretty much everyone who meets her, has the most epic girl squad, tells hilarious stories and has the biggest heart for forgiveness. I aspire to be more like her every day and I am so thankful she's mine. To celebrate and honor my sweet Mama Stoney, here’s list of things I've learned from her and love about her.