Hi there ASU Gammage!
My name is Natalie Charle Ellis and I am excited to say I’m coming to
Gammage in just a couple of weeks to perform in 9 To 5: The Musical. The main
reason coming to ASU Gammageis so special to me is because it was My Broadway
growing up (I’m from AZ). I remember being 10 years old and my dad giving my mom
and I tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera for Christmas. So we got all
dressed up (it was first big night out to the theater) and we sat 6th row, smack
dab in the middle. The moment the Orchestra started to play, my jaw dropped and
my heart started pounding and I squeezed my parents’ hands the entire show. I
already loved being on stage, but that was the night I knew I was going to spend
my life performing. This is my first "big gig" and is also my first time even
stepping foot on to that stage. I know it’s going to be an amazing experience.
And I get to share it with my parents, friends and all my mentors from Phoenix
and that means the world to me. I started at Greasepaint Youth Theatre when I
was 12 then became a professional actor at 18 with Phoenix Theatre and have met
some incredible people that have helped make me the performer and person I am
today. PLUS I get to work with some amazingly talented and fun people in a great
show. I hope you all have the chance to come out! I can’t wait!
Natalie Charle Ellis
Friday, February 11, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
One of my favorite tour spots has got to be Tempe! And lucky me... it has been a stop on every tour I have done (High School Musical, Legally Blonde, and now 9 to 5). 3 words: SOUTH MILL AVENUE!!! Great shopping, great food, and night life all in walking distance from the hotel/theatre! One of the first things I will do is go have a meal at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant! And then follow up with some shopping at Papaya: great clothes for great prices!!
I also love that Tempe loves musical theatre!! There’s always a huge crowd waiting for the actors at the end of the show. It gets us excited! The audiences are always fantastic, the crew are top notch, and I always feel safe with the friendly security guards at the stage door. And Being from California, I always appreciate the warm weather! I’m thrilled to go back soon.
See you guys soon!!!
Ashley Moniz (Candy Striper/Ensemble, u/s Doralee, u/s Judy, u/s Maria)
Monday, January 24, 2011
Hey Tempe! Emily Mest here! Currently playing Thea on the National Tour of Spring Awakening! Ahhhh! This is so amazing! Sitting on the bus after a great show in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our opening night for the second leg of the tour couldn't have gone any better. I am very tired but how could anyone be unhappy when surrounded by the beautiful snow topped mountains bordering the city and the lovely company of my hilarious cast. On tour, Target, Walgreens and Buffalo Wild Wings are the three places you love to see in a city because you'll be likely spending a lot of time there. It's also a good idea to prepare for tour to purchase an egg crate to sleep on top of on the bus floor. Not so glamorous huh? But, so completely rock star.
It's great to have Michael Linden on tour with us because he is a food connoisseur and restaurant snob so he always finds the best places to eat and I cannot wait to come to Tempe! I'm sure you have some great food, any suggestions?! I have never been to Arizona and love dry warm weather so I feel like Tempe might be my place! Actually, the entire cast can't wait! Being in Spring Awakening is a dream come true and this cast and crew is super close. I’m walking into the hotel now about to collapse on my bed and sleep like a baby. But I do so knowing that I am so lucky to be showing the world a beautiful and touching show, Spring Awakening, and that I will never forget this experience. Hope to see you soon!