You don’t need to be a theatre major to be a huge part of this department, and nobody knows that better than Kate D’Andrea ’15! Kate has been a loyal part of many of our Stage Management teams, especially on our musicals, starting as an Assistant Stage Manager for RENT her freshman year. Next year she’ll be rounding out her rock musical experience, all set to Stage Manage next fall’s Spring Awakening! For now, though, she’s been our dedicated Assistant Stage Manager in this spring’s The Tempest, in addition to helping the department run smoothly as our Production Coordinator.
The Department sat down with Kate to discuss her experience with Stage Management,
and Theatre at UMW in general.
T&D: What is your major?
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Kate: Stage Management
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Kate: For my 16th birthday, my mom took me to New York to see Chicago, and it was such an experience, it was just something I knew I wanted in my life, pretty much from that moment on, so I have my Mom and Dad to thank for that.
T&D:What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Kate: I think RENT will always have a special place in my heart, just because it was the first show I ever worked on. It was a difficult show, but it was really rewarding, and I learned quite a lot from it.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Kate: I hope to work in Television or Film Production. I want to eventually become something like a Unit Production Manager on a film, though that’s a long way off. And my life goal, as silly as it is, is to be invited to Comic-Con.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
Kate: My favorite word is meretricious. Basically, it means like “it looks really important and grand, maybe a little tawdry, but it really means nothing,” much like the word itself. Also, my least favorite word is pus. Pus. No explanation needed.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Kate: I love dark chocolate, more than anything else. I like all candy, Idunno.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Kate: Well, for a really long time, it was Spring Awakening, and obviously, since I will be stage managing that next year, I’m super excited, and the chance to get to work on a musical that’s just so close to my heart, again, this is going to sound corny, is going to be a really great experience, and I’m looking forward to it. If I had to choose a play I’ve always want to do, I love Oscar Wilde, my favorite is The Importance of Being Earnest.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Kate: I really enjoy going to movies and surfing the internet. I enjoy seeing how things are adapted from page to screen or stage, because a lot of times we’ll read plays that we’re doing here in my English classes. I like to hang out with my friends, and a lot of times I can do that in the theatre itself, so it’s a win-win for me.
T&D: What is the craziest thing that’s ever happened during a show you were working on?
Kate: During RENT, I had to put out a fire in a light. My parents were seeing the show that day, and they were sitting very, very house left, so they could see the flames, and they thought it was part of the show. They got to see me run out with a fire extinguisher and put it out.