Vote For Me – Meet The Cast/Creative

June 24, 2016

With Vote For Me quickly approaching, it’s a great time to introduce some of the cast and creative team of this fun production! I was lucky enough to meet these great people at rehearsal the other day, and got the inside scoop about their theatrical lives.

First up, Drew Fornarola!

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  1. What is your role?
    >> Co-author
  2. Describe your character in 3 words.
    >> The mean writer
  3. What is your favorite musical?
    >> Jesus Christ Superstar
  4. What was the first show you were in?
    >> DanceWorks’ Spring Recital, at age 5
  5. What is your favorite part of Vote For Me?
    >> I laugh the hardest at “Middle East Disney,” but I think my favorite part is
    revealing the new president at the end.
  6. What is your dream role?
    >> Alan Menken
  7. What is the most important part of this show? Why?
    >> It’s a tie between the diction and the sound mixing. There are a lot of damn
    words in this show!

 Next, we have Scott Elmegreen!

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  1. What is your role?
    >> Writer
  2. What is your favorite musical?
    >> Impossible question. Floyd Collins holds a special place in my heart..
  3. What was the first show you were in?
    >> The Laramie Project, as an actor, actually. The first shows I wrote with Drew
    were with the Princeton Triangle Club, like Cara and Pete!
  4. What is the most important part of this show? Why?
    >> (Also my favorite part of Vote For Me) America is an awesome country, but
    we’re really bad at voting. My favorite part of this show, aside from all the
    ways in which it makes me laugh, is that it’s a really good reminder of
    both of these things.

Next up, Amy Jo Jackson!

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  1. What is your role?
    >> Governor Janet Tillghman, Democratic Nominee
  2. Describe your character in 3 words.
    >> Shes. Gonna. WIN.
  3. What is your favorite musical?
    >> Don’t have one, I like an awful lot of them, but I’ve listened to the Hair OBC
    recording probably more than any other show.
  4. What was the first show you were in?
    >> I played Charlotte Sowerberry and the Rose Seller in Oliver.
  5. What is your favorite part of Vote For Me?
    >> It’s extremely silly. I love being silly.
  6. What is your dream role?
    >> I have a lot of those. If we’re talking tomorrow, Queenie in LaChiusa’s Wild
    Party. If we’re talking of all time, it’s Mame or Mrs. Lovett.
  7. What is the most important part of this show? Why?
    >> Me winning. People voting for me so that my character wins and I therefore
    win the show. Obviously.

And next we have Jason Collins!

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  1. What is your role?
    >> Senator Buddy Rounsaville
  2. Describe your character in 3 words.
    >> Well-intentioned, ambitious, clueless
  3. What is your favorite musical?
    >> It’s so hard to pick just one, but maybe Sweeney Todd?
  4. What was the first show you were in?
    >> My first show was The Sound of Music. I was Kurt, the youngest von Trapp
    boy. (I was 12 and still a soprano).
  5. What is your favorite part of Vote For Me?
    >> My favorite part of this show is the fact that it was written in 2010, but is actually even more spot-on and relevant today.
  6. What is your dream role?
    >> The Emcee in Cabaret has always been a dream role and I got to do it last
    year, in a fantastic production directed by Brian Yorkey.
  7. What is the most important part of this show? Why?
    >> I think the most important part of this show is how it uses humor to expose the
    hollowness of politics. How almost every “Issue” is used by a party to
    manipulate voters, using politicians as simple mouth pieces; politicians
    who don’t necessarily even share those opinions, or views. Much like
    reality TV, they want you to feel like it’s real, but in fact, it’s all carefully
    scripted for maximum effect.

Then Sarah Ziegler!

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  1. What is your role?
    >> Amy, the wife of the Republican candidate.
  2. Describe your character in 3 words.
    >> Power-hungry, loony, sopraaaaano!
  3. What is your favorite musical?
    >> Oh man! Too many to narrow it down. My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Murder
    for Two, and more!
  4. What was the first show you were in?
    >> The Sound of Music, I played Louisa.
  5. What is your favorite part of Vote For Me?
    >> I love all the fantasies and flashbacks. They are used so brilliantly and offer
    amazing opportunities for imagination and humor.
  6. What is your dream role?
    >>  Eliza Doolittle!
  7. What is the most important part of this show? Why?
    >> To me, the most important (and most amazing!) thing about Vote For Me is
    that it succeeds in being smart, sardonic, relevant, edgy as well as sweet
    and uplifting!

Last but not least, Brennan Caldwell!

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  1. What is your role?
    >> The Advisor
  2. Describe your character in three words.
    >> Puckish, cunning, and a third word he’s refusing to reveal.
  3. What is your favorite musical?
    >> Sweeney Todd
  4. What was the first show you were in?
    >> In second grade, I played a messenger in a play about a princess, and I got to wear tights.
  5. What is your favorite part of Vote For Me?
    >>  The list of countries that beat us in voter turnout.
  6. What is your dream role?
    >> Right now, King George in Hamilton.
  7. What is the most important part of this show? Why?
    >> Vote, please God, everyone vote. I’m seeing articles shared in the wake of the Brexit fiasco that say even some people who opted to leave are regretting the result. Your vote matters. Apathy kills democracy.

See these lovely faces and more at Vote For Me this Saturday!

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