Carrie St. Louis on What She’ll Miss as She Exits Broadway’s Wicked

first_img Related Shows In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Carrie St. Louis has had a glittery run as Glinda in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked. She is leaving (possibly via bubble) on October 30, which also happens to be the show’s 13th Broadway-versary, a.k.a. Wicked Day. In her Broadway.com Exit Interview, St. Louis shares what she’ll miss as she makes her exit from the Gershwin Theatre.How did you feel when you first got this job?I was elated! Glinda has been a dream role of mine ever since I saw the national tour when I was 15. It really was a total dream come true in every way. How do you feel now that you’re leaving?It’s bittersweet. Of course, I am sad to leave my Glinda girl behind, but I am so grateful for the opportunity and the experience. I learned so much about myself throughout this process, and I get to keep all of those lessons moving forward. I will cherish these past two years for the rest of my life. What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Exhilarating. Rewarding. So incredibly special What was the easiest thing about this job?Wearing Susan Hilferty’s Tony Award-winning costumes! I wish I could take them all home. Also, becoming a part of the wonderful Wicked family! I have met lifelong friends through this show and it is always a highlight to see them every day and laugh NONSTOP backstage/have pre-show dance parties. What was the hardest thing?The emotional and physical stamina that the role requires. Not only is the role written for a wide vocal range, Glinda is also a roller coaster of emotions from the beginning to the end of the show. She works in extremes and that can be very exhausting eight times a week. The range of emotional depth mixed with energetic comedic moments over the course of a three-hour show is challenging. What was the highlight of your time at this job?My first night on Broadway with my best friends and family in the audience, including both of my grandmothers! There is no better feeling than being surrounded and supported by people you love. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?A lot of energy (or coffee), a solid vocal range and a strong sense of self. Glinda is a complex character, and I think it’s important (especially in a long-running show) to stay truthful to yourself and the story and not just be a carbon copy of someone else, which is an easy trap to fall into. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?If you ever feel overwhelmed or stuck or tired—always go back to telling the story. It is one of the greatest, and when told truthfully; it will never steer you wrong.How do you think you’ve grown?Oh, exponentially! I’m a completely different actor and human from where I started two years ago. I’ve realized I’m capable of way more than I ever thought I was. And being able to tell a story about compassion, friendship and acceptance in times like these is truly powerful.  Why are you leaving?Just like with any chapter in life, it’s time. But I’m leaving with a suitcase full of memories, a new perspective and a much stronger sense of self. I’ve learned so much over these past two years and look forward to many more adventures to come!What will you miss the most? Meeting so many inspiring and wonderful people at the stage door! Wicked has the best fans on the Earth, and it has been such a highlight meeting so many grandparents, young children, musical theater nerds like me, tourists from all over the world and more at the stage door, and seeing how the story/message has affected them. It is the most fulfilling job in the world to be able to transport someone for a few hours and make them laugh, cry, smile and get away from it all. Like the exit door of the Gershwin says, “You are now leaving Oz.” And what a special, special place it’s been. This is cheesy but, “Happy is what happens when all your dreams come true.” from $95.00 Carrie St. Louis(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Joan Marcus)center_img Wicked View Commentslast_img read more

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The Latest: United Soccer League to resume on July 11

first_imgThe Netherlands-based union says “the impact of COVID-19 means the match schedule will be even more intense over the next two years.”The union asks for vacation periods of at least three weeks before starting preseason practice and a “mandatory mid-season break of between 10 and 14 days.”FIFPro says “now is the time to apply this to player health.”___Thousands of Napoli soccer fans who poured into the streets to celebrate the team’s Italian Cup title without social distancing have been criticized by health officials as being “reckless.” June 19, 2020 The Latest: United Soccer League to resume on July 11 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The second-tier United Soccer League Championship is preparing to resume its season on July 11 after reaching an agreement with the USL Players Association.center_img World Health Organization assistant director general Ranieri Guerra says he was reminded of Atalanta’s Champions League game with Valencia in February. That match is believed to have been a key factor in why the virus has been so deadly in Bergamo.Guerra says “we can’t allow this.”Deputy Health Minister Sandra Zampa says the celebration amounted to “dangerous behaviour.”Fans in Naples flooded into central piazzas and set off fireworks to celebrate shortly after Napoli beat Juventus in an empty stadium in Rome on Wednesday.Nearly 35,000 people have died in Italy from the coronavirus. The Campania region that includes Naples has accounted for 431 of those deaths. The 35-team league had just played its season openers when play was stopped in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league says it will resume negotiations with the union on what would be their first collective bargaining agreement.___Soccer players’ union FIFPro wants players to be given mandatory breaks because match congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last through 2022.FIFPro warns of a “first spike in injuries because of insufficient preparation time and congested match schedules” since soccer restarted last month. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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