A Summer With the StarKids: Team StarKid's Robert Manion Blogs About the Cast of New Musical Twisted

By Robert Manion
11 Jul 2013

Robert Manion
Robert Manion

YouTube sensation Team StarKid presents Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier, an original musical comedy parody from the creative team behind A Very Potter Musical, in Chicago through the month of July. Throughout the run, members from Team StarKid blog exclusively for Playbill.com.

Once a week throughout the month, a different member from Team StarKid will share behind-the-scenes insight and backstage scoop with Playbill.com in the exclusive blog "A Summer With the StarKids." Here is the second blog from Robert Manion, an actor from the company of Twisted.

Click here for the first blog from lyricist Kaley McMahon. 

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Hello! I'm Robert. I'm one of the newest, youngest and Australian-est cast members of Team Starkid's Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier.

At the moment, we're all pretty tuckered out from tech rehearsals and the first week of audiences — but it's that goofy/happy kind of exhaustion that comes from knowing you've accomplished something really special.

Every show is such a pleasure to perform, and while I'm enjoying our days off and getting reacquainted with my good friend "Nap Time," the rest of the cast and I can't wait to get back into our acting hats, dancing shoes and singing onesies and continue with the run.

The atmosphere backstage with the StarKids is like one I've never experienced before. It really is like one big family, and it is immediately obvious why this group keeps coming back to work with each other time and time again. The enjoyment of a StarKid show doesn't just come from the performance itself, but from the collaboration and input of the entire creative team onstage and offstage during the preshow and post show (it's also a super cool gang to hang out with). Everyone's complete trust with each other really allows for maximum artistic fluidity and a complete sense of comfort when throwing ideas out into the open. It's an imaginative and productive process, which is really exciting for a performer.

Part of the production's enlivening nature is also due to the fact that it's an original work, naturally generating a lot more freedom to launch into the text and music with no preconception about how the show should look or sound. While it is a parody, the characters are written with sincere motivation and originality, providing lots of surprises for the audience and fun challenges for the creative team to reinvent this classic story of Aladdin.

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