Class Assignment: Favorite and Worst Memories Year One

Class Assignment: As we get ready to kick start another year filled with adventures, we asked our cast and band members to reflect on their favorite and least favorite memory from the first year. This is the most repeated question that comes up every time we do a call out for Profiles of the Month. Here are their answers.

Christy Altomare

I have had so many incredible memories of this tour, but I guess if I had to pick one.. It would be performing at the Borders in LA with Kyle and Steven Sater. Steven talked so much about how the play was created and his inspirations for the few songs Kyle and I would perform. I just remembered looking at Kyle like... I can't believe this is happening right now. I have such a great respect for the creative team that put this piece together. It was almost surreal having the writer and lyricist talk so passionately about these words that I get to say on stage each night. I will never ever forget that evening at Borders and how lucky I was to be a part of it all.

Performing at Borders Book Signing, LA

Marques Walls

I'm gonna have to say that my favorite memory from tour thus far would have to be biking over the Golden Gate bridge with Freddy, Alon, and Matt in San Fran.
My least favorite moment, as beautiful as it was, would have to be saying goodbye to Perry and watching him leave the room for the last time as a Spring Awakening company member. That was by far one of the hardest things I've ever had to do.

View of Golden Gate from Bike Paths

Ben Moss

My favorite memory from the first year on tour would definitely be our opening night in San Francisco... feeling on top of the world and having a blast. My least favorite? I don't have one!

Opening Night: Opening Night


Steffi D

Favorite Memory: How could I possibly only pick one?! Going to Alcatraz, meeting Justin Timberlake after the show in L.A, hearing Kyle's pee booming through the speakers right before my scene one night in San Francisco, our official opening night, waking up at 5 am to do press with Blake, getting collector spoons from every city we've been to, taking a pole dancing class with the gals of S.A, being in Toronto for a month, our very own Sadie Hawkins dance (with date, Blake Bashoff), wearing a tutu on my 20th birthday (in public), the City Museum in St-Louis, preparing medleys for cabarets, having my first American Thanksgiving... BEING IN SPRING AWAKENING. My dream came true.

Least Favorite: Crying my eyes out when we've had to say goodbye to company members.

Thank you for an amazing year.

On Alcatraz:
On Alcatraz

On Alcatraz

Meeting Justin Timberlake:
Justin Timberlake

City Museum:
more pics from City Museum

Julie Benko

My least favorite memory is easy. When we were in LA, I flew out to New York for a big, exciting audition after the show on Wednesday night and took a personal day for Thursday. The flight there was uneventful. I got in, got ready for my audition, did the audition (which went well but obviously not well enough to be cast), saw my family for dinner, and went back to JFK to board my red-eye flight home. My boarding pass' lack of a seat of assignment should have tipped me off right away, but I stupidly waited at the gate while the meanest lady in the world refused to let me on the flight without explanation. Then, without warning, she told about fifteen of us that the flight was sealed and there were no more flights leaving that evening. Considering I had to be at the Ahmanson at noon to do a put in rehearsal as Ilse, I burst into hysterics. The meanest lady in the world did not care. After hours of ignoring me, she placed me on a 7 AM flight the next morning, and put me up at the dingiest Ramada Inn in Queens anyone could find. I was up until about three in the morning freaking out, slept about four hours, got on the plane (which was then delayed on the runway for an hour), got into the airport, and took a cab straight to the theater, where I then did Ilse in rehearsal for a few hours. I got dinner, did the show (so exhausted that at one point I thought Christy became transparent), went back to my hotel room, and collapsed. Moral of the story? Don't fly Delta. Ever.

My favorite memory is much more difficult, since there are so many to choose from. The one my family wants me to choose is going on for Wendla, and while that was indeed one of the most exhilarating moments of my life thus far, I have to say Christmas dinner at the Alabado house in Arizona was my favorite. Krystina's mother had the entire cast and band over to her house and cooked SUCH a delicious meal (the potato casserole was the star) and then we all exchanged presents by the tree! For a little Jew-girl like me, it was quite the magical Christmas experience, and I'll never forget sharing that with my Spring Awakening family.

I miss the tour already, everyone! Thanks for such an amazing year!

A Very Merry Tempe Xmas:

A Very Tempe Xmas

Krystina Alabado

Wow, it it truly impossible for me to pick just one because there are so many amazing memories from this first year. One of my favorites would definitely be when I got to go on for Ilse those six times earlier in the summer. It was such an incredible experience, and I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to get that opportunity. Also, at Christmas time, we were in Tempe, Arizona my home town and I had the entire cast over to my house where my parents made us a home cooked Christmas meal, and we had a secret santa. And last but not least, our infamous Sadie Hawkins Dance. All the girls had to ask a date, and dress up as hideously as possible. We rented out a room at our hotel and danced the night away. It included food, awards for best (worst) costume (me and Lucas won!), couple pictures and lots and lots of dancing. That was quite a night!

Sadie Hawkins Announcement:
Sadie Hawkins 1

Krystina and Ben at the Dance:
Sadie Hawkins 6

Perry and Claire at the Dance:
Perry and Claire: Sadie Hawkins Dance

Andy Mientus
[from Andy's Profile of the Month]

There have been so many incredible, hilarious, moving, and surprising moments on tour so far. A short list would include:
-Doing the show on Election Night and finding out the results right before Touch Me
-Kate Fugeli (our original Adult Women u/s) throwing us a party in LA with In and Out and Superbad
-Bowing a record 4th curtain call at our official opening in San Fran
-The rowdy student show at 10am in LA
-Our last rehearsal in New York, doing the whole show on the O'Neill stage for the Broadway cast, old and new
-Sending Kate off the same night that the Broadway production closed

[updated: Andy just submitted this]:

I look back really fondly on the times that we were able to get out of whatever city and explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area. I'm really into nature and being outside, so those days were always the ones that reminded me of how incredible our journey is. Places like the Muir Woods near San Francisco, La Jolla near San Diego, Multnoma Falls near Portland, and Cape Cod near Boston were all unforgettable experiences.

Did You Remember To Leave A Trail of Breadcrumbs?

Perry Sherman

[Blogmaster note: Didn't really answer the question...but took this opportunity to say goodbye to all the fans]:

Hey guys,
Thank you all so much for your dedication. Being in Spring Awakening has
been quite the journey and you guys have made it worth while. I hope to
see you all again in the future, maybe in another tour, who knows.. Follow
your dreams, cause i am living proof that they can come true. Be well and
enjoy the rest of your summer.

Our End of Year Cruise:
On the cruise


Anonymous said...

what a great year for the cast.

i'm sure all the guilty ones are excited to see the new year start and experience this great story told by these great artists on stage again.

Break a leg everyone!

Ivy said...

the Sadie Hawkens dance flyer said real couples can't go together...who are the real couples haha?

Pun (blog admin) said...

Well, we know that Angela Reed and Todd Cerveris are a couple in real life...

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10/06/09 - 10/11/09
Uihlein Hall Marcus Center For The Performing Arts
929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI

10/13/09 - 10/18/09
Music Hall
301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO
Non-subscription tickets on sale Sept 5, 2009 (subj to change)

10/20/09 - 10/25/09
Bass Hall
23rd St & Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX
(512) 477-6060

10/28/09 - 11/01/09
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts/BroadwaySanJose

Nov 4-15, 2009
Sacramento Community Center,
1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Nov 17-29, 2009
Orange County Performing Arts Center
600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Ticketing number: 714.556.2787

Dec 1-13, 2009
The Buell Theatre
Denver Performing Arts Complex
14th and Curtis Streets Denver, CO 80204
Non-subscription tickets on sale: Mon, Oct 19, 2009 (web only Oct 18)
Ticketing Number: (800) 641-1222
Groups: 303-446-4829

Jan 5-10, 2010
Hershey Theatre
15 E. Caracas Ave, PO Box 395 Hershey, PA 17033
Non-Subscription Tickets on sale: Mon Aug 17, 2009
Groups: 717-534-3412

Jan 12-24, 2010
Aronoff Center
650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
Non-subscription Tickets go on sale: Nov 2009
Ticketing (not avail until 11/9) 800.982.2787

Jan 26-31, 2010
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
8099 College Parkway, SW Fort Myers, FL 33919
Non-subscription Tickets on sale: Sept 1, 2009 (Tentative)
Ticketing number: 800-440-7469
Groups: 239-489-3033, x 3122

Feb 2-Feb 7, 2010
Belk Theatre, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC
Group Tickets: (704) 379-1380
Ticketing number: (704) 372-1000

Feb 9-14, 2010
Auditorium Theatre, Rochester Broadway League
885 E. Main Street Rochester, NY 14605
Ticketing Number: 800-745-3000

February 23-28, 2010
Bushnell Performing Arts Center

MARCH 2-7, 2009
DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center
Ticketing: 919-680-2787
Groups: 919-281-0587

March 9-14, 2010
Fabulous Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Call Ticketmaster at (404) 817-8700

March 16-21, 2010
The Peace Center
300 S. Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
Ticketing Number: 800-888-7768
Groups: 864-679-9201

March 23 - April 4, 2010
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 650 Dallas, Texas 75201
Box Office: 214.880.0202

April 20-May 9, 2010
3011 W. Grand Boulevard Detroit, MI 48202
Ticketing number: 800-982-2787
Group Tickets: 313-871-1132

May 11-16, 2010
Arsht Center
Box Office: 305.949.6722

May 18-23, 2010
Carr Performing Arts Center
401 West Livingston Street Orlando, FL 32801

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