12/15/09

Next Profile of the Month: Christy Altomare!

Our next Profile of the Month is our fierce, sweet Wendla, Christy Altomare!

Christy is especially well suited to be our next profile. Not only are we going back to PA, where Christy is from (we'll be in Hershey Jan 5-10th), but Christy went to college in Cincinnati (where we'll be Jan 12th-24th). She got her BFA in musical theatre at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where she received the Offenberger/Duckett award for Excellence in Musical Theater. She also wrote the score for the play "Anon[ymus]", by Naomi Iizuka, which got the Cincinnati ACCLAIM award for best play of the season.

Christy has been performing since the age of five in theater productions. She wrote her first song at the age of twelve and has recorded three CDs:Not yet Over You(2004), Waiting For You (2007). and an EP entitled After You which was recorded in the fall of 2008 while on tour with Spring Awakening in Los Angeles.

Got a question for Christy? Leave it as a comment below. Deadline is Sunday, Jan 3rd, 2010.

91 comments:

Anna said...

Of all the Melchiors you've acted with, who is the best kisser?
Kyle? Jake? Lucas? Matt?

Jon said...

Christy, you are amazing. Have you ever thought of doing a music tour?

Booty Nay Nay said...

What is your dream role other than Wendla?

Kelley Frances said...

here is a series of quickfire questions. Ready, set, GO!!
chocolate chip or snikerdoodle
broadway show or night that the movies
MLIA or FML
pepsi or sprite
chinese or italian
book or movie of the book
harry potter or twilight

Celeste said...

Hi, Christy! I just wanted to say you're brilliant and you were amazing the two times I saw you in Sacramento! I have a couple of questions.
What is the coolest gift/thing a fan has ever given/done for you at the stage door?
If the entire Spring Awakening cast were to enter a pie-eating contest, who would win? Who would be the most interesting to watch? What kind of pie would you like to be/eat?
Thanks so much, and the fudge girl from the stage door in Sacramento says hi to the cast! :D

Anonymous said...

What is the funniest and what is the hardest thing that has happened on stage during a show?
p.s. you are amazing

Ann said...
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mariah carrillo said...

what is the best advice you can give an actress wanting to pursue a career in musical theatre?

Kyle Pickett said...

Well, since your songs are so amazing!

What inspires you to write them?
Do you have writing spurs?
How fast does the song writing process take?

P.S. New Cd? Please? Really Soon??!?!?!?!?

Johanna from Germany said...

I would like to know: What is your favourite scene/song to perform and what is your favourite song/scene to watch?


BTW: I think the whole Cast is great! I hope I will be able to see you next year *fingers crossed*
Oh, and please make Andy Mientus the next profile of the month!

Anonymous said...

First of all you are amazing! I truely adore your work and you are simply a perfect performer! My question is, how do you prepare to play Wendla. For example do you listen to certain music, talk a certain way, talk to a fellow cast member, or run a few lines? Thanks!

Jo Ellen said...

Were you always comfortable doing the nude scene?

Maddy said...

If you could watch one movie, and only one, for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Jessica said...

Cincinnati chili- skyline of gold star chili?

Meg said...

You're amazing :) If the Spring Awakening cast were animals, what animals would each cast member be and why? For example, I see you as a cat.

Anonymous said...

Christy you're so amazing and inspiring! What are your plans for after Spring Awakening? Would you consider moving to LA to record some more CD's?

Amanda said...

Hi Christy, I was just wondering.. If you could duet with anyone dead or living who would it be and why?

Ann from Washington said...

Hi Christy!

If you were granted the ability to play any instrument in the world (aside from ones you already can play), what instrument would you pick and why?

PS: You're amazing! You inspired me to start playing the guitar. I used to write lyrics in my diary and hide them and now I sing them. Thank you so much!

Kathleen from Massachusetts said...

Hi Christy!
Who inspires you most as a mucisian and do you have any advice for someone pursuring music?
love, Kathleen :)

Mark said...

What are the top 25 bands/artists/songs on your "Most Played" list on your iPod?

Lyly from California said...

Hey Christy! I loved Spring Awakening when I saw it in Costa Mesa.

If you weren't able to sing or be in Spring Awakening, then what would be your dream job?

Katy C. said...

Hey Christy! You inspired me so much in the show. I came to see it on Halloween in San Jose and had an absolute blast.
I have a few questions:

1. What is your favorite season and why?
2. How did you balance school and theater growing up?
3. If you could snap your fingers and speak a new language, which would you choose and why?
Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Why Hello Christy! I loved Spring Awakening when yall came down to Austin and I hope you loved Austin as well! What is your favorite part of Spring Awakening? Or what part of the show do you look forward to the most every night to be able to perform that helps you continue to preform this show for so long?! Thanks!

Troy C said...

Hey Christy! What was your high school experience like? Did you enjoy your classes? Which were your favorites? Do you think your participation in Spring Awakening will affect the way you might raise your children if you have any?

Kenneth from Jersey said...

Hey Christy, I think you are amazing! What is the wierdest thing a fan has ever done while on tour?

Alyssa said...

If you were to only have one kind of food for the rest ofo your life, what would it be?

Lauren said...

If you had the chance, what male character would you play in Spring Awakening, and why?

Nicole said...

Favorite late-night snack?

Katherine and Sara-Jane from Austin! said...

If you could write an alternate ending to Spring Awakening, would you? And if so, how would you change it and why? (PS. You have the most adorable laugh ever.)
WE LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER AMEN!

J. Cap from San Francisco said...

Hi Christy! I know this may sound really random, but I've been thinking about going blonde for the past couple of days...so I was wondering, would you ever go blonde since they say blondes have more fun? And second (totally different question), if you were to play any famous leading lady role in Hollywood (like Audrey Hepburn's "Holly" from "Breakfast at Tiffany's") what would it be?

Colbie said...

Who are you closest to among the cast of Spring Awakening?

Joey said...

Hi Christy! First of all, I just want to say that you and the whole cast of SA are so talented and I think each one of you should be praised over and over for that! You guys rock! Anyway, I understand that you write your own songs from time to time, so who in the music industry do you draw inspiration from when you write and compose your own music?

Andrew said...

Hello Christy, you have obviously already lived and developed a great life for yourself. After you finish your career (which I personally hope lasts a very long time) how do you want people to view your legacy? How do you want to make the world different because you were here?
Thanks-Andrew

Ps You do a fantastic job in Spring Awakening and your After you sessions album is great, take care!

Kathryn said...

Hey Christy,
Just quickly, you're a perfect Wendla, your MWBM is my fav of all the Wendlas, so keep being brilliant.
I have a couple of questions,
1) What was your audition process like for SA, eg. Audition song, how long?
2)What is your favourite pre-show food?
3) If each cast member could play a different role to their role in spring awakening, who would be each chararcter and why? Eg. I think you could totally pull of an Ilse or a Moritz...

Thanks heaps and enjoy the rest of your time on tour.

Anonymous said...

Ever see anyone unexpected in the audience, like a friend or celebrity, and alomst break character?

Rozzie said...

Hey Christy!
Two questions-
1. What are the 25 most played songs on your ipod?
2. If you could play the female version of any male character in a musical who would it be, and why?

Anonymous said...

The songs you write and so beautiful and inspiring. Do you have a favorite or one that means the most to you?

Christiana M said...

What's a talent you have that no one knows about?

Irene from Guam said...

If you didn't go into singing & acting, what would be your 2nd career option?

Elena H. said...

If you had an unlimited budget and were allowed to go anywhere in the world for a week, where would you go, and what would you do?
P.S. thanks for being amazing

singndramaqueen said...

You're such an amazing songwriter! As an amatuer songwriter (emphasis on amatuer) myself, what inspires you?

Alynn said...

First of all, you really inspire me! Here's my question: any plans on a new CD? I'm waiting anxiously.

lilbuddy1040 said...

can tell us some of the bloopers that have happened from the different cast members during the show?
ps: you are amazing

Antonio said...

Hey Christy,this is Antonio, you might remember me as Tony. I'm the one who gave you the cat in Costa Mesa (I gave Steffi a shell jewelry box lol)! Anyways, what is the best part about being in Spring Awakening? How does it feel to know that you are becoming a role model to all of your fans? Thanks!
P.S.
I was in Denver the day you got injured! I saw the evening show and Krista was amazing! Hope to see you guys again in Dallas!

Christy from Melbourne, Australia said...

Hey Christy,
I know you've probably heard this alot, but you are an incredible
performer. Isaw SA in Denver and loved it. I can't wait till it starts
in Australia where I live.
I was wondering, if you could describe every song in the show with
one word, what would they be?
For example, I'd say 'Those You've Known' is Haunting.
Thanks

Hilary said...

This is a question I wonder of all the cast, but I'll ask you.

Is there ever a night where you'll look at who is sitting on stage, and you just notice someone? For some reason you're drawn to them? Do different groups of people sitting on the stage give off different vibes, and how, if so, does that effect your performance?

Ella said...

Christy,
You write such beautiful music! How do you do it?

Annie said...

Hi Christy. I bought your EP on iTunes recently, and I'm in love with your music!

Quick question for you:

In your "Hot ("Happy") Minute" with Steffi D, you mentioned something about how you hate your full name (Christine) and someone off camera laughed, but it was hard to hear what you said about it. What was your reason for insisting that no one ever call you Christine?

Hazel said...

Hi Christy! You are such an amazing actress and singer. My sister and I love everything you do! Okay, so here's my fun question for you. Say you're stranded on a desert island. If you can take one item of each of the following categories, what do you take?

Food?
Album (music)?
Book?
Film?

Bree said...

Okay so I know that the tour is coming to Dallas to perform in the new The Winspear Opera House in the performing Arts district which will be AMAZING. I was wondering if you have had a particular City or Venue that you have enjoyed performing in the most, any special memories in a certain area?

Can’t wait to see you guys in Dallas! You are Amazing!
-Bree

Anonymous said...

how hard was it to do the nude scene when you first started this tour? and has it gotten easier to do?

Marisa Hope said...

Hey Christy,
What was it like in rehearsals when you had to have sex with Melchior? And as an aspiring actress, do you have any advice??
Thanks,
Much Support,
Marisa <3

Anonymous said...

How do you feel about performing with different melchiors?
you've had to work with kyle, matt doyle, jake, plus the understudies.
is it a different experience each time?

Anonymous said...

Do you have any advice for aspiring actors who do not get approval from their parents?

what's the most shocking response you've gotten from an audience?

Jessica from Colorado said...

Of all the venues in which you've performed, which has been your favorite (based on it's design, acoustics, location, etc)?

Anonymous said...

Which musician and/or band have you most recently gotten into?

What was the last good book you've read?

Jordan Michael Loyd from Cincinnati said...

Hi Christy! Im am so honored to have a Spring Awakening Cast Member from CCM! We cant wait to see you come mid-January!

So, Me and my friends were wondering, what is the perfect thing you like to get at the Stage Door? We need ideas! Oh, and what are some other cast member faves to get at the Stage Door?

Thanks =3

Sam said...

If the Spring Awakening Cast were food, what kind of food would each cast member, including yourself, be and why? Who would you want to eat firstand who would you rather not eat?

Also, is there any chance that the tour will be extended and that you guys will return to Costa Mesa or LA? You guys were awesome and i was bummed that I only got to see you guys once.

Taylor from Columbus Ohio said...

Hey Christy! I saw the show in columbus and you guys were awesome, coming to see you guys in cincinnati with my best friend, and hope to stop by the stage door! So i had a couple questions!
1)Of all of the melchiors who do you connect with the most?
2) What other shows you have been in?? what are some dream roles?
3)Any advice for someone who wants to pursue musical theatre??

Anonymous said...

what do you do when it's "that time of the month?"
do you still go on as wendla? or does an understudy/swing go on for a few days?

Irene from Guam said...

if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
after spring awakening, do you see yourself staying in theater?
what's your favorite memory on tour with SA?

Keeley said...

Hey Christy! I'd just like to know...Have you ever watched one of the swings go on for Wendla? If so, how did you feel about their takes on the character you play?
If not, did you use the actresses who have played Wendla before you as inspiration? How so?

Shannon from Bartlett, IL said...

Hey Christy! I was wondering how much of yourself do you put into the character of wendla? and also which character can you relate to the most?

Anna said...

Hiya Christy, I just wanna start out with you are amazing and boy do you have talent. :)
My question is: How do you do it?? How do you play Wendla 8 times a week?? Are you more comfortable doing the harder parts of the show such as the beating and and the hayloft scenes than whe you first started the tour more then a year ago?? Also how do you get yourself ready to do the hayloft scene? Putting it all out there with the nudity and the "sex"?? Did you have to "relearn" that whole part when Kyle left and Jake came in as Melchior?
Thanks so much for what you do.

Anna from Poland

Annie said...

Hi Christy,

As an aspiring songwriter, please tell me this: How do you make your music so beautifully personal but yet so relatable to others as well? My mom recently passed away, and a lot of the stuff I'm writing now has so much meaning for me, but I'm afraid that won't translate for others.

When I listen to your music, it's like your emotion becomes mine. How do you take your listeners on that ride with you so well?!

Kerry from Saskatoon, Canada said...

Hi Christy!
A couple of silly questions for you:

1) Do you have a favourite TV theme song? (For me it's a toss-up between 'Cheers', 'The Wonder Years' and 'American Dreams')

2) On that note, do you know the words to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song? ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Christy!

I love your style! Where do you like to shop? Besides Urban Outfitters for lovely bargain-priced arm-warmers. ;D

PS: Your laugh is infectiously adorable.

Kimberlee Beggs from Providence said...

Hey Christy!! Besides Molten Lava Cakes (found at Chili's) what other foods do you find savoring worthy?

Providence misses you!

P.S. Did you use up all the sunscreen yet? haha

kdoismadeofbacon said...

How does it feel to have creepers creeping on you since you're in Spring Awakening? Is this a creepy and/or campy question?

Anonymous said...

Hi christy!!
I saw spring awakening in denver and i thought you and the rest of the cast were amazing!! so i was wondering what has been your favorite city so far that Spring Awakening has performed in and what was your least favorite.
Love you SA cast!!!!!
Victoria

Nicole said...

If one day you decide to challenge yourself and switch over from strumming your guitar to dropping some beats, what would your rapper name be? :)

Joy said...

When someone compliments you on your portrayal of Wendla, does it still have the same level of flattery as when you first kicked off the tour?

Sari said...

If you could recast the tour cast of Spring Awakening (without giving anyone their real characters), who would be which character?

Anonymous said...

If you could play any other role in Spring Awakening, besides Wendla, what would it be? And why?

Maddie said...

If you, as a songwriter, could compose a new song for Spring Awakening, what would it be about? What would it be titled? Which character(s) would sing it?

P.S. Costa Mesa misses you!

Anonymous said...

what's the craziest thing a fan has ever done?
what's the greatest lengths a fan has gone to watch the show?

Anonymous said...

what's one thing you like about yourself?
one thing you don't like about yourself?

Anonymous said...

do you have a dream role?
what other musical/play would you like to be in?

Anonymous said...

ever thought of going into film?

Deanna M. from Orange said...

Hey Christy! you are such an inspiring singer and actress! I loved the show in costa mesa :) anyhoo, if hollywood were to make a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you and why?

Alex said...

If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

Kevin From Boston said...

Kevin here, When playing a character such as wendla for instance. Did you try to make the character all your own or do you pull from previous people who have played the role?

Anonymous said...

What or who first inspired you to begin acting, singing and song writing?

What method of the acting methods do you study? Or how do you prepare for a role?

Have directors ever wanted you to approach a role differently then you wanted to? If so how did you deal with the situation?

In the musical did you have to do beats, intensions, tactics and that for the whole musical?

Throughout the cast and other actors you have worked with have you ever had any artistic conflicts? If so how did you work them out?

Anonymous said...

Do you ever look at the fanfictions that have been writen about the play/musical?

Anonymous said...

Do you ever look at the fanfictions that have been writen about the play/musical?

Anonymous said...

If you could bring back a song that wasn't used in the musical to replace an existing song would you? (like the clouds will drift away with those you've known)

If you could play a role of the opposite sex what role would you want to play? What roles do you think the other cast members would play?

Anonymous said...

If you could do a tour for your music with any singer or band which one would it be?

Anonymous said...

When approaching the role of Wendla did you take your own approach completely? Or did you try to keep it similar to what other actresses had done with her role in the past? Did the directors want you to take your own approach or did they keep want her character to stay similar to the way it was played before?

Anonymous said...

Did you ever consider going to post secondary school for music instead of musical theater? What made you decide to go for musical theater?

Did you attend a university, college or conservatory program? Which program would you recommend to someone looking to attend a post secondary musical theater program?

Anonymous said...

I saw Spring Awakening in Toronto and it complety changed my life. You and the cast are amazing! How does it feel to be apart of a revolotionary musical? How does it feel to know that you can have such an impact on people's lives through preformace?

Anonymous said...

Hey Christy! Your performance in Spring Awakening is always really beautiful. I'm wondering if you remember fans who see the show alot? Do you remember any special fan encounters from specific cities?

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