BWW Blog: Eric Ulloa of Goodspeed's THE MOST HAPPY FELLA - Getting to Know You
Now that we've gotten to know our principles, it is time to get down to the foundation of any great show...the ensemble.
This week I bring you a few of last week's all stars to get the ball rolling.
Danny Lindgren-" Jake"- Understudy for "Herman" and was on all last week.
Eric Ulloa: What's the scariest part of going on for "Herman"? What's the best part? Why?
Danny Lindgren: The scariest part of going on for Herman is getting hog tied and then bouncing around the stage during "I Like Everybody (Reprise)." There's always a chance of me falling into the pit without being able to brace myself. The best part is working with the wonderful Natalie Hill. It was hard stepping into a comedic duo and making sure I was setting up the jokes and getting the flow of Herman and Cleo's banter. But during the put-in she tweaked a few things and together we landed all the jokes. It's a great feeling to have hard work pay off and just be able to play with a terrific performer.
EU: What was your most embarrassing moment on stage ever? Why?
DL: When I did a production of "Into the Woods," I had to catch Jack's mother when she died. When I caught her my pants split. I had to play the next three scenes with my ass facing upstage so I wouldn't pull focus. But, when I turned around to exit, house right got to see the huge split in the pants and I heard more than a few chuckles. I think I blushed till the next matinee.
EU: What would your last meal on Earth be if you could choose it? Why?
DL: My last meal would be my family's Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, butter milk rolls, all bought from Pike Place market. I'd probably have Blanton's Bourbon on the rocks as well. My family has a tradition of going to Pike Place to buy all the ingredients a day or two before Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday and I'd want to celebrate it one more time.
Matthew Amira- Male Swing- Went on as "Jake" all last week.
EU: What are the fun parts of being a swing? What are the bad parts? Why?
MA: I would have to say the best part of swinging is that it never gets dull because anything can happen. There is a kind of thrill in knowing that you can step into any part and also a sense of power that you know every facet of the show inside and out. It gives you a great feeling of accomplishment. I've also learned to see the stage differently, this time from a much broader perspective.
The downside of swinging is all the downtime that you have. Sabrina, the female swing and I have definitely suffered some cabin fever-like symptoms together. One time we even caught ourselves playing tag. The countless hours spent in the greenroom can cause you to go a little stir-crazy so you have to find some productive ways to fill that time. #swingnation
EU: What's the point where the nerves hit your first time on for this show? How did you calm them?
MA: I had a week's heads-up to get Danny's track completely solid. But the nerves seriously kicked in when I woke up in my bed back home and had the realization that I had never done the show with the full cast onstage...Then I thought, "Well, here goes nothing!" What calmed the butterflies was my knowing that I had an incredible ensemble behind me that would never let me fall (even if it came to a shove with love). That being said, there is a part during the show where I have to climb to the roof of the barn and play guitar and I don't know how Danny does it every night, but I feared for my life a little bit. I figured, if I could do that, it's smooth sailing from there.
EU: If your personality were a style of music, what would that style be? Why?