42nd Speak – Part 2 – Christine Estabrook, Spring Awakening
People have seen the show once, twice, and some even hundreds of times. However, no matter the number of times it has been viewed, it’s still worth the trip and ticket to experience this show’s new found youth and vibrance. Spring Awakening, the break out musical that pushed the boundaries of Broadway, and then went on to sweep 8 out of their 11 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards is still at his best.
Remember Lea Michelle and her frail-naive portrayal of Wendla Bergmann, John Gallager Jr. with his frazzled-awkward character Moritz Stiefel, and Jonathan Groff as the forward-thinking, quick-tongued-revolutionary Melchior Gabor. Unsurprisingly, the musical has experienced quite the turnover in the past few months, and with eleven new cast-mates having made their Spring Awakening debut the show has certainly experienced an awakening of its own.
Movmnt talks with a few of those personalities that are now adding new life to the show on a daily basis. In this three-part interview series, the actors who now play Wendla, Moritz, and the Adult Women, answer a few questions that probably wouldn’t have been asked in any other interview. Get to know the cast on a more relaxed level and experience the personalities that have revitalized a show that was once well on its way to the archives.
Part 2 – Christine Estabrook has been in numerous Broadway shows including The Sisters Rosenzweig, The Heidi Chronicles, and I’m Not Rappaport. She joined the cast October of 2006 and plays all of the adult female roles, five in total.
What was your biggest challenge while you were developing your role?
Christine Estabrook: Remembering which character of the five I play, came next in the run-throughs
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
CE: A nurse, a physiotherapist, an archaeologist and secretly, an actress
Do you have any unusual pre-show rituals that you do?
CE: I chant, I warm up my voice, I stretch to warm up my body, and onstage, I do the first jump ontothe stage 3 times in a row
What Broadway star do you idolize the most and why?
CE: I admire Dana Ivey for her level of talent and professionalism
Spring Awakening has a very large fan base. What is the strangest gift a fan has given you?
CE: None of my fans are strange so they’ve only given me appropriate gifts.
What is your favorite moment in the show?
CE: My favorite moment in the show is singing the last number with the entire cast.
Who is your favorite Disney character?