What is it like being apart of the North American Tour of the The Wizard of Oz? And what is it like being able to play the scarecrow?
It's so cool. Every week you get to see a new city. And at night, you get to goof around on stage. In summary, it's like having the best cable package ever.
How is this different that what we have seen in other productions?
I've never seen another live production of The Wizard of Oz, but I'm just gonna go ahead and say that ours rules them all. Plus, we have some added music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Whuuuuuuuut.
What do you like most about playing the scarecrow?
I really just love being part of this story. Of course, my ego loves that the audience laughs at some of the things I do on stage, but, I think, the story itself is filled with profound messages and themes of love and acceptance and equality that almost anyone can relate to. I love that.
Did you get any inspiration for your character from watching Ray Bolger (The Original scarecrow in the movie) in his performance?
I think that the inspiration will be there absolutely, whether I'm conscious of it or not. The movie, and specifically Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow are so familiar to me, and, were so much a part of my childhood.
Do you feel like you can relate to your character in real life?
Yes. All. The. Time.
Your character has to wear alot of make up, how long does it take to get into make up every night?
It takes about five minutes. But I like to stretch it out for as long as possible. Wanna know all the backstage dirt? Hang out in the hair and makeup room.
What are some pre show rituals you do before a show?
Xbox Live, and then immediately after: Dunkin' Donuts.
Thanks for talking with us, Jamie!