Understudies Perform! or Swing Out, Sister!

Being a swing or an understudy is hard work. Not only must they often cover multiple roles and be ready to go on at a moment's notice (sometimes even in the middle of the show), but it's also difficult on the days when you are not performing and cannot be part of all the excitement. We are so blessed to have such a talented group of understudies and swings on this show that it's a joy to root for them on the occasions when they have a chance to really strut their stuff. Here, for your enjoyment, are some videos and pictures of some of our swings going on for their first time! I get excited for them just watching it!

Actor: Lucas Wells
(First swing to perform in the tour ever. He's a Michigan native, people! Michigan, come out to the Wharton Center this week and show some support!)
Role Performed: Georg
City: San Francisco

Here he is basking, drained, exhausted, and exhilarated Post Show. Don't you love how supportive our cast members are to each other? Shouldn't Steffi D be the next Oprah?

Lucas wasn't the only swing to be able to perform in San Francisco. Julie Benko was the first female swing to go on last October. And her family was able to see it! How cool is that?

Actor: Julie Benko
Role Performed: Martha
City: San Francisco

As Andy mentioned in our last blog post, this is a really healthy cast (knocking on ma wooden head). Krystina Alabado didn't get a chance to go on for the first time until just recently in St. Louis. Steffi D captured her moment of elation before stepping out on stage:

Krystina was nice enough to upload a few of her personal pictures to our Flickr group.

Krystin'a first time on as Martha.

Krystina and Kimiko backstage

Martha and Ilse in green!

More, go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/springawakeninggallery

Post your reactions to the videos below. Also, if you've been lucky enough to see one of our swings/understudies go on, please tell us all about the performance!


Elizabeth said...

I saw Krystina's Martha twice which was very exciting. She definitely knocked it out of the park. I love Sarah to death, but I wouldn't mind seeing Krystina again.

Anonymous said...

I've seen Perry as Melchior, Chase as Moritz, Lucas as Otto, and Todd as the adult men. All gave fantastic performances. :)

Anonymous said...

Ben as Wendla would be phenomenal. On second thought, the boys should just get together and do a Mama Who Bore Me Reprise :)

Anonymous said...

I saw Chase as Moritz twice and saw Krystina go on for Martha. They were both amazing! I can't wait to see them and the other swings perform again!

And if they did a show with Steffi and Melchior and Ben as Wendla i would pay so much to get a ticket to see it.

Anonymous said...

I'm part of the Toronto Street Team, so I'm going to see it on opening night for free, XD, as well as getting a backstage tour. Hopefully everything goes well in Toronto, and I wouldn't mind seeing an understudy either, it's all part of the fun of live theater!

Anonymous said...

assdkfjaligssss;; but actually, boys' Mama Who Bore Me Reprise needs to happen. how effffing fierce would that be. seriously

Anonymous said...

I saw Claire as Thea. Of course, I missed Kimiko, but Claire rocked it out during My Junk.

So sad that she's left the tour! :-(

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