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As The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On enters its final week, Christina Stroup (Betty Jean aka "The Purle One") sat down and shares all the facts about her that you've been dying to know!
Christina Stroup in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On. Photo by Bruce Bennett.
Full given name: Christina Michelle Stroup
Hometown: George Town, Grand Cayman
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Audition song: "Alone" by Heart, "Lights" by Journey, or "The World Goes Round" by Kander and Ebb.
Special skills: Impersonations (if you saw Panto Snow Queen last year, you saw my Celine Dion), whistle tones.
First Broadway show ever saw: Fosse
Favorite show tune: "Stay With Me", from Into the Woods
Most played song on your iPod: "You Matter To Me" - Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz
One CD you couldn't live without: Any Sara Bareilles or Celine Dion album.
Last book you read: The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Must-see TV show: Battlestar Galactica
Last good movie you saw: War Dogs
Favorite board game: Cards Against Humanity
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Sara Bareilles
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Pretty Little Liars
First stage kiss: The Pirates of Penzance when I was a sophomore in high school. My co-star was my on again off again boyfriend in a highly dramatic fashion so it wasn't that weird.
Favorite pre-/post-show meal: Quest Bar or something light like salad, though I don't always follow this because I love food and then I regret it tremendously.
How you got your Equity card: A bajillion weeks of work from Wonderettes.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: When I was playing Marta in Company, I forgot to enter with Bobby in the scene where he sees Susan and her husband. I was in the dressing room touching up my makeup and I heard the stage manager on the intercom asking where I was. I had no clue. I've never been so frantic in my life. I didn't know if I should die or throw up. So I run onstage and they had been improving the entire time and I said, "OH LOOK IM HERE." I covered it really well obviously.
Cats or dogs? Dogs.
Who would play you in the movie? Jennifer Garner perhaps?
Worst job you ever had: I worked at Build A Bear. It was not... for me.
Favorite moment in Wonderettes: Dream On? I love singing "We Are Family" with my girls at the end of the show. Because we are a family and there's nothing better than sharing that with them and the audience.
How similar are you to Betty Jean? We're pretty much the same person except I'm a little less bitter.
What was your first Stages memory? On my first day of rehearsal for Panto Sleeping Beauty in 2009 I was assigned a last minute solo. I remember I was so scared and nervous. But Ryan Schabach and Gen Allenbury were so amazing and encouraging, I felt like I had nothing to fear. They are easily two of the most lovely and kind individuals in the whole world!
What has been your favorite Stages production to be apart of? I've loved all of my experiences but Wonderettes has been so special. To spend 6 years playing the same role is the best blessing I could have ever asked for. I am so grateful.
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On runs through October 16, 2016.