By Matthew Blank
26 Feb 2013
Last book you read:
Must-see TV show(s):
"Sherlock," "Game of Thrones," "The Wire," "Breaking Bad," "Alias," "Downton Abbey"
Last good movie you saw:
Some films you consider classics:
"White Christmas," "Top Hat," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "His Girl Friday," "Roman Holiday"
Performer you would drop everything to go see:
Pop culture guilty pleasure:
Three favorite cities: Ashland, Seattle and San Diego
My boyfriend has done everything in his power to make me a Philadelphia Phillies fan. My favorite player on the Phillies is Roy Halladay because he seems very nice and is a hard worker!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned:
GT and the Halo Express
First stage kiss:
I kissed my Harold Hill in The Music Man, and he definitely stuck his tongue down my throat the first night!
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:
Madge in Picnic
How you got your Equity card:
Favorite pre-/post- show meal:
Pre: a nice home cooked meal with my boyfriend. Post: Nachos on my couch watching "The Daily Show"
Favorite liquid refreshment:
A full bodied glass of red wine
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups:
I always go through "The Museum Song" from Barnum. Everyone had to learn it in our speech class at Carnegie Mellon. And a foot massage from my iSqueeze.
Most challenging role you have ever played:
Most challenging aspect of your current role:
Craziest audition story:
I went in for a tap dance call for a show that was extremely difficult. I became a bit overwhelmed, so after we went through it the last time and began to break into groups, I pivot stepped right out the door and never came back!
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap:
During the bank scene in Mary Poppins, my feet got tangled with little Michael Banks and I fell backwards and dragged the kids down with me!
Worst costume ever:
A lime green dance competition costume that featured bell bottoms and fish net "jacket"
Worst job you ever had:
I hated bartending.
Your Disney dream role (aside from Poppins):
Mulan (you did say dream, right?)
If you could trade roles with anyone in the cast for a week, who would it be?
Leading lady role you've been dying to play:
Leading man role you'd like a shot at:
Usnavi of course!
Something about you that surprises people:
I still suck my thumb when I'm really tired.
Something you are incredibly proud of:
Being an Oregonian
Something you're embarrassed to admit:
I sometimes suck my thumb even when I'm not tired...
Career you would want if not a performer:
Three things you can't live without:
Cheese, Wine, Robert Lenzi
"I'll never understand why…"
… people litter.
Words of advice for aspiring performers:
Compare and despair.
By Matthew Blank