Company members from the national tour of Mean Girls have created a music video for a remixed version of Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles anthem "I Am What I Am." Watch the video—which celebrates Pride and the cast members' social justice and advocacy Instagram page, @changeisfetch—above.
Company members, from both cast and crew, featured in the video include Keller Anderson, Erica Simone Barnett, DeShawn Bowens, Briana Capo, John Carpentier, Susie Carroll, Brittany Conigatti, Mary Beth Donahoe, Michi and Caitlin Evans, Niani Feelings, Samuel Gerber, Niko Guadalupe Gonzalez-Hernandez, Eric Huffman, Maya Imani, Tanesha Moody, Olivia Renteria, Jasmine Rogers, Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong, Adriana Scalice, Kaitlyn Louise Smith, Jake Swain, and Tovi Wayne.
“Ultimately we created @changeisfetch to use our platform to inspire change and provide our audience of young people positive ways for them to take action,” says video producer Kaitlyn Louise Smith. “To me, it was a no brainer that we needed to produce a Pride video embodying what Pride month means to us. It is important to show our audience of young people that we celebrate the joys of being LGBTQ+, being an ally, being different. We wanted to embrace the importance of love, specifically self-love. I also wanted to create something tangible for our company members to take with them for our first and last Pride Month on tour.”
The video—inspired by Devin Lewis and Jimmy Larkin's 2021 Pride remix—was co-directed by Barnett and choreographer Gerber with directing/choreography associates Lawrence E. Street and Conigatti. The video was filmed over the course of three weeks in several cities and subsequently edited by Lamont Brown.