The logistics of running a show aren’t all on or behind the stage, some of them come into play before you even enter the actual theatre! And helping take care of this side of things is Kelsy Trumble ’13, our House Manager for The Miss Firecracker Contest and Spring Awakening! As House Manager, Kelsy is in charge of our ushers, concessions, and the entire lobby experience for our patrons. She even does the same job for the small stage, as Front of House and Facilities Director for the Studio 115 Committee!
The Department of Theatre and Dance asked Kelsy to shed some light
on one of the less well-known sides of theatre.
T&D: What is your major?
T&D: What’s your hometown?
Kelsy: Centreville, Virginia.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Kelsy: House Management.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Kelsy: I had a professional acting career when I was younger. I’ve been in some print ads, a billboard, and I was an extra in a movie when I was 7. I also did theatre camps for most of my summers.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Kelsy: Moon Over Buffalo. It was the first show that I House Managed, and I loved every second of it. Seeing the show over and over again wasn’t annoying, and by the end I was reciting all the lines and performing the blocking in the lobby while I was performing my duties for the show.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Kelsy: I hope to continue to work at Target as a manager while I look for a theatre-related job, preferably in DC or San Diego.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
Kelsy: Both my favorite word and my least favorite word are stutter. I do stutter, and in some ways, it defines me, but in others, I don’t want it to be the only thing that people know about me. For me, it’s a word that shows both my struggles and also my accomplishments.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Kelsy: Pez. I could eat it by the handful.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Kelsy: I really enjoyed Metamorphoses, and I think it would be interesting to see audience expectations versus their actual experience.
T&D: What’s a fact about you that most people wouldn’t expect?
Kelsy: My entire life, I’ve wanted to be an actor, but my stutter has gotten in the way and shelved that dream.
T&D: What accomplishments or contributions would you like to be remembered for when you graduate?
Kelsy: My goal is to make House Managing and ushering fun activities. Still professional, but not stiff. I feel like it inhibits a good theatergoing experience to have very stiff, flat house managers.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Kelsy: My Colombian Red-Tailed Boa. I also love the swimming pool industry.
T&D: Not many people know all that much about House Management. What attracted you to House Management in the first place?
Kelsy: I’ve worked at Target, specifically in guest services, for almost seven years. I enjoy it immensely, even though sometimes it can get frustrating, and when I first ushered for RENT, I drew similarities between the two and realized that it’s something that I could be good at and still incorporate my love of theatre.