Miss Carla Stickler (current Elphie standby AND Nessa u/s of Wicked’s 1NT) has a cool Tumblr where she blogs about her life and other Oz-mazing stuff! I recommend checking it out! P.S. Her brand-new website, www.carlastickler.com, is now up and running! :)
Now we all have misconceptions and stereotypes of people, especially celebrities. Now let me say that Broadway stars are WAY less catty than Hollywood stars because 1) they actually have talent (you think Angelina can belt her face?) and 2) they aren’t perfect and don’t have million-dollar skincare products, a personal prep team (like Katniss!), billion-dollar plastic surgery and Botox, OR personal, buff trainers and nannies and big Bel Air mansions. No, these NYC babes are hardworking, pavement-pounding peeps (well most of them), and I think the best example is Miss Sutton Foster, who has about 10 Broadway shows to her name, PLUS mad belt and tap skills. Sutton virtually wears NO makeup off-stage (less than me!), opts for comfy clothes and a plain pony tail verses pro salon curls and stilettos, and is just so down-to-earth you wouldn’t believe she’s that famous. I think that it’s cool that people like her not just because of her looks, but of her golden personality. Not to mention all her musical theatre chops! So if I saw Sutton on the street, I wouldn’t think she was stuck up at all. And that’s pretty darn cool. So, go Sutton! (Pony tail sistas unite!) :)
Laura Bell Bundy (original Glinda standby) originated the bubbly role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical, starring alongside another Glinda, Annaleigh Ashford (as Delta Nu Sorority Sister, Margot).
In 2009, a reality show called Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods aired on MTV, which was a series of contests and challenges in order to find a new Elle. Libby Servais, Cassie Okenka, and Lauren Ashley Zakrin (all former Glinda understudies now) took part in the show, but the winner was Bailey Hanks.
“Hi friends!!! Sorry for being so quiet lately. I just got back from an AMAZING trip to Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand!! Got to spend some quality time with family and met lots of new fantastic folks. Heaps of fun (as the Aussie’s say)
Now I am back and there’s some fun stuff on the horizon: California Musical Theatre’s Wicked gala in my hometown, where I will be performing assisted by one of my fav professors from UCI the brilliant Dennis Castellano! Also, next month I’m going to be traveling down to DC to help celebrate my insanely talented friend Drew Gasperini at the Kennedy Center! Woo-hoo!!”—Teal Wicks (via Fans of Teal Wicks)
Today, we have a rather different post than anything we’ve ever done – we have compiled a list of tips for what is acceptable behavior when visiting the stage door and interacting with performers at “Wicked”. So how did we do this? We started with a couple of basic tips, then contacted several performers from different productions of the show for help – some suggestions were eliminated, some were added, others were edited, and this is the list we ended up with.
Please note that this list is not all-inclusive nor may it represent the views of every performer with the show – this list was compiled by the staff here at Innuendo & Outuendo and several “Wicked” performers – obviously, it wouldn’t have been feasible to speak with everybody.
- Above all else, use common sense. You get what you give. If you are kind to someone, they will take notice and be kind in return. Remember, performing is a job – actors and actresses are people too. In the same way you wouldn’t be intrusive with someone you don’t know in the world, so shouldn’t you be intrusive with a performer.
- If a performer is very obviously in a hurry at the stage door, don’t stop them. It’s one thing if a performer doesn’t stop because they don’t expect to be recognized – particularly common with ensemble members – but if they are on their cell phone, walking quickly, etc. – they may well have somewhere to be. Remember that between the end of a 2:00 matinee and call time for an 8:00 show, performers might have two hours or less to eat, rest and be back! Use the signals they give to help yourself be courteous.
- (Note: Several ensemble performers emphasized that they do not mind being stopped – they simply don’t often realize that you want their signature – in the words of one – “If you would like an actor to sign something or say hello, don’t be afraid to politely grasp their attention and ask. Most of the time we don’t know who’s at the stage door and what they came for. Most cast members will assume you’re waiting for someone specific or are friends with someone and will continue to exit unless prompted to stop. There is nothing more awkward than asking someone if they want their playbill signed to then find out they’re not there for autographs.)
- Please refrain from asking performers to engage in social gossip about other cast members. At the end of the day, they all work together and live together. To keep their work environment healthy, it is crucial that they treat each other with respect and courtesy. This includes not asking things like: “who’s better than who?”, “do you like the new person?”, etc.?
- Refrain from pestering cast members for information they are not at liberty to give. As you know, with “Wicked”, understudies are not generally allowed to tell when they will be performing. Whether or not you agree with this rule, it puts performers in a very difficult position when you constantly ask them to share performance dates with you. Mention that you would like to know, and leave it at that. Would you want to be put in such an awkward situation? The same applies to cast changes – “Wicked” prefers to announce these themselves as opposed to letting them get out via fans and performers – and we as fans must honor this wish and know that we will be told when we need to know.
- Similarly, if you are told of such news or performance dates in confidence, keep it that way! Even just looking at it in a way that gives you an advantage, if you want to be trusted again, you should honor the trust that is placed in you. Performers can get in serious trouble if leaked information is traced back to them, and that is the last thing any of us want.
- Please do not ask performers to speak on the phone to other fans while at the stage door.
- If you are sent fan mail by a performer, do not engage in trading said fan mail with other fans – letters, playbills, and signed pictures are meant for you and not for others.
- Bring a pen or sharpie. While the actors are used to signing things often, that doesn’t mean they are always carrying something to sign with.
- If you run a fan page about the show, please do not make posts that make it sound like you are a cast member. This can confuse people who look for pages about the show on Facebook and make them feel like your page is an official “Wicked” page. Similarly, do not post or post about bootlegs on the fan pages, as they are forbidden.
- Be very careful of things you say at the stage door – remember that while performers are used to being critiqued, it is not kind to make negative comments about their performance and put them on the spot after an exhausting performance. Remember that they are human too.
- Above all – remember – you get what you give. According to several performers, this is the “golden rule” of stagedooring.
Good news! Good news! Kyle Dean Massey is set to return to the Broadway production of Wicked in July 2012! Kyle has played Fiyero in the both the First National Touring company and the Broadway company, as well as previously understudying Fiyero and in the ensemble in both those productions too. Can’t wait to see KDM dance through life again!