Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Whatsername

Alright people, I'm back! Sorry for the few weeks off, but it has been an adjustment getting used to being on tour again. Since I last wrote, we spent a few more weeks in Toronto, had a funny ole time in Detroit, loved every moment of Boston, and were elegant ladies in Raleigh! This post is all about my time as Whatsername and a Boston post will follow shortly!


So it happened!!! I went on for the first time for Whatsername!!! I had been waiting since Broadway and it finally happened while we were in Detroit!! I got the call at like 11am from my stage manager Monica saying that Gabby wasn't feeling well and that I would be on for both shows!! This is quite a luxury, being put on for two in a row, because the first one is pretty much insanity so it is always a total help to get to do another one without that first show adrenaline pumping to actually understand what is going on. The adrenaline one feels going on for the first time is unexplainable and the most incredible feeling in the world. I couldn't stop smiling, I couldn't stop crying, I couldn't stop being thankful for everything in my life. It was such a humbling day for me in many ways. Anyway, I called my family and warmed up a lot while looking at notecards and going over blocking in my head and headed to the theatre.

When I got there we went through put-in notes which is where we go through the certain safety things on stage and run anything that needs to be run before we start. The minute I got to the theatre, the support was overwhelming from my fellow cast members. It made me so emotional and thankful for these unbelievable people I get to work with every day! The next few hours were a complete blur. We went through notes, warmed up, and I was rushed to hair where my pink dreadlocks were put in! I put on my new makeup, ran around to sound and wardrobe to talk through quick changes, had a chat with Van about some specifics, and before I new it..."This is American...!!!!!" and the show started and I was running on stage looking at Jillian being me as I followed her out as Whatsername!! The show was unbelievable; a moment in my career that I will never forget. It was one of the best experiences I have had as an understudy going on for the first time because I felt so ready. I had been studying and rehearsing the role since Broadway, so it was still somewhat in my body despite the very few rehearsals I've had being her so far on tour. I was able to fully let go and just be Whatsername. I wasn't in my head at all and I felt totally in the moment throughout the show. It was incredibly fun and again, very emotional for me. I remember climbing the ladder backstage and waiting for my entrance in "Boulevard" and I got a little teary! This whole journey with American Idiot has been so beautiful and humbling and I could not be more thankful that I got the chance to go on. The show went on, with only minor mishaps, my favorite being that I put my dress on in Last of the American Girls wrong. It is different from the one I had on Broadway and has a pretty opening in the back...so instead of putting my right arm in the sleeve hole, I put it through the back hole...it looked silly but I just had to go with it haha! Other than that and a few minor things that you only can ever learn about from actually going on, I had a pretty smooth show technically and then got to eat some food, work on a few things with Van between shows and do it all again!! My heart is pumping just remembering how it all felt.

Now I have to give a big thanks to you guys, the fans. It was so beautiful and moving to have the support that you all gave me that day on twitter, facebook, and in person. I have never felt more loved and supported than I did on that day by you all and my family and my cast. It makes the biggest difference when you are opening yourself to something new to have people cheering you on. So thank you so much you guys. I would shoutout to you all individually, but that would take forever! I love you all more than you know and am thankful for every single one of you.

I will however give one individual shout-out to Joanna F (@jkathleen5). I received the most heartwarming fan-mail in Detroit from Miss Joanna and I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for taking the time to tell me your story and put so much love into that letter. It was very moving and made my day extra great. I wish you the best of luck Joanna and please keep me posted on your career in theatre! Keep focused and positive, and you will be able to achieve it all!

That is all for now as I have some catching up to do! I will be posting a very fun blog all about Boston next week! What a great time it was!

krystina :)


Next City: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS!

(remember to leave any and all recommendations for food, fun, sight seeing or just about anything in this city! Also, leave any questions if you have them about the rehearsal process, flying, life, or anything!)

11 comments:

Rand said...

I'm so happy for you Krystina! You totally deserve the good fortune coming your way. You're a good writer too. I got a real feeling for your experience reading this. I especially like,"...I was running on stage looking at Jillian being me as I followed her out as Whatsername!!" I only wish I could have said 'hello' in person in Raleigh.

Cara said...

I missed your "Whatsername" by ONE DAY! I'm so glad you got to go on as Whatsername and wish I could have seen it. :)

- Joanna said...

Krystina, thank you so much for this! I had difficulty finding the stage door at the Opera House and the Memorial Auditorium (It ended up that I was in NC for a college visit the same week you guys were there so I took my mom to the show) so I missed out on stage door-ing both times. Thank you so much for your kind words, you honestly made my day a thousand times brighter! Keep on rocking and enjoy the rest of the tour!

Katie Fitzmorris said...

first of all...I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! x] second....one question...where are the violin and viola players hiding??? both times i saw the tour i was looking for them whenever i heard them but they were nowhere to be found haha

have fun in Chicago this week!!

James said...

Firstly, while in Chicago you MUST try Giordano's Famous Chicago style Pizza. DEADLY. There is nothing like it.

Secondly, I saw you in Spring Awakening six times. That show changed my life as i'm sure it did yours. I met you in Raleigh at the stage door but it was so long ago now that you probably don't remember. That cast meant a lot to me in a strange way. I didn't personally know any of you prior to seeing you all on tour but i feel as though I have a connection with you guys in some way now. I was so blown away by the way you all connected as a cast and I will NEVER forget that. I've seen you in American Idiot twice now, on Broadway and again in Raleigh. I have so much respect for each and every one of you. Once again, you were in the cast the first time i saw the show and you made a lasting impression. So, all that being said.. you may not know me but you have impacted my life significantly and i will always support you as a fan and a friend. Thank you for everything and remember that on good days and on bad days that someone out there is rooting for you, always. Thanks for rocking.

John said...

I saw you in detroit that night Krystina, you rocked the house!

tlane76 said...

I saw you opening night in Raleigh. As a huge GD fan, the show was everything and more that I thought it would be! You were wonderful!

Lee said...

Hello Krystina - I saw the AI performance in Raleigh - drove 5 hours to come and see y'all down South. Loved the show! Hope you enjoy the rest of the tour!

Joanna said...

aww yay I'm glad your performance as the iconic WHATSERNAME went well. You can't beat that character alot of folks sometimes can related with her lol I know sometimes I feel like I'm a WHATSERNAME. I know something to try and catch in CHICAGO if you can is if the PLAIN WHITE T'S are performing or something. The guys will leave you speechless if they are performing then. I know there are alot of amazing things from what I heard in Chicago & sights you shouldn't miss out on seeing.

Jeff Sand said...

Hi Krystina, been reading your blog since Spring Awakening after I saw the show in Milwaukee (think you were swing on SL) - actually I live in the Chicago suburbs but completely missed Spring when it came through Chicago - loved reading all the cast blogs and videos. Wanted to see Idiot on Broadway last spring, but you closed right before I got there in May! I'm coming to the Sunday night show, barring any complications from Snowpocalypse 2.0 which may or may not arrive in the city this weekend.

Anyway, two recommendations for you: 1) The best pizza in Chicago is Gino's East. There's a couple locations, but the closest one to the theatre is 633 N. Wells. They're famous for encouraging graffiti on the walls inside, so you can all leave your autographs in Chicago.

2) If there's any evening you're dark this week, there's a special light/sound installation at the Cloudgate sculpture (the giant shiny "bean" - great picture-taking spot) in Millennium Park that's supposed to be very cool. Runs today through Feb. 20: http://explorechicago.org/winter

Looking forward to the show!

erin k said...

Found out my teacher is going to be the ASL interpreter for the show in Chicago(either tonight or last night, can't remember which one now). Treat him nice please...90 minutes of signing is going to be hard.

I am seeing the show in St. Louis and can't wait!! I ment to see it in NYC, but got stuck here.

While in the wonderful state of Missouri:
please try some STL style pizza (Imos), super thin crust and bold cheese. Hawaiian is my favorite (pineapple and ham). Tosted Ravioli also is a great St. Louis treat. Ice Cream from a wafffle cone, and iced tea also were perfected in STL during the worlds fair, so we like to brag. Also Ted Drews for frozen custard.

City Museum is an adult jungle gym with lots of fun places to run and play. Us guilties suggested that for you and the SA cast a few years back.

Forest Park: Free Zoo, Free History and Art Museum, and lots of grass to sit and enjoy the outside. Depending on the weather it can be amazing. There is the saying Don't like the weather wait 5 minutes so be ready for very cold to very hot days and nights.