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Today's On The Road interview features Broadway actor Nick Cartell. Nick is an Arizona native and majored in Theatre at Arizona State University. He was on the road in 2013 with the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera and has been on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar, Scandalous, and Cirque du Soleil Paramour! Nick is currently starring as the legendary character Jean Valjean in the national tour revival of Les Miserables. I love this interview and am so excited for you all to get to know my new friend!
This week's On The Road features one of my magical Wicked family members, Ginna Claire Mason! I first met Ginna Claire back in 2016 when I became a full-time dresser at Wicked, and we bonded immediately. Ginna Claire has been a such an encouragement in my life, and I am so blessed by her friendship! Ginna Claire is a Nashville native, and you might recognize her from the national tours of Newsies, Flashdance, or when she was a member of the Wicked's Broadway company as the Glinda standby. Currently, she is in Wicked's touring company and floating (in a giant bubble obvi) around North America starring as Glinda the Good Witch! I hope you enjoy getting to know my adorable friend a little bit better, and if you are ever lucky enough to meet this little angel in person, please give her a big hug from me!
For today's On The Road interview, I am so excited to introduce you to my new friend, Andrew Eckert! Andrew is a Pennsylvania native and graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and speech and a minor in dance. He is currently traveling across the country in the First National Tour of the gorgeous Broadway show An American in Paris. Click here to follow his adventures, and if you get the chance to meet him, please give him a hug from me!
On June 10th, three of my closest friends and I flew to Valencia, Spain, to celebrate the wedding of Tim and Nathalie Stratton. This beautiful couple has impacted all of our lives, it was an honor to be included in their wedding party (I cried when Nat asked me of course) and I can't imagine life without them. How am I supposed to recap one of the most epic trips of my entire life into a blog post? Trying to describe how magical it felt to watch the sunset over Valencia on our first night while sitting on a private rooftop with a group of my closest friends feels impossible. So I’m just gonna dive right in and list off some of by favorite moments and random musings!
With Summer Stock season upon us, I invited one of my close friends, Camden Garcia, to write a guest blog post about it! I know many of you are aspiring professional actors, so you probably know landing a summer stock job is an excellent way to break into the business.
I first met Camden in the Catskill Mountains during summer of 2012 at my first and only summer stock gig! I landed a job at the legendary theater camp Stagedoor Manor, and Camden was one of the hilarious campers I met that summer. We bonded instantly and he has been like a little brother to me ever since. Camden's article is so informative to anyone looking into summer stock jobs, and I'm confident his advice will help guide you in the right direction!
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 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!