Full given name: Michelle Elise Kritselis
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born in Hinsdale, IL, raised in Downers Grove and Naperville. (Western suburbs represent!)
Your position within the Godspell production team? Dramaturg
What does that mean? Ah, the question everyone asks! Basically, I research Godspell and everything surrounding it: its inception and performance history, its context within American musical theatre, important themes within the script, etc. Awesome nerd stuff. I then process this information and distribute it to the cast and production team in the form of a fun, digestible information packet, in hopes that this knowledge will positively influence everyone's performance / interpretation of the show. Dramaturgy: The More You Knooooooow!
Something you're REALLY bad at: Wrapping presents. My presents all look like they were wrapped by a drunk chimpanzee. Now, when it's time to give a present, I rely heavily on A) the aid of other people, or B) decorative gift bags.
Favorite musical: Eh, I don't really have a favorite at the moment. It's like choosing a favorite food. How can one possibly choose a "favorite" between burgers, spanakopita, and pad thai? So it changes from day to day, depending on how I feel. But I will say this: I like Andrew Lloyd Webber. I know it's perilously uncool for a Serious Theatre Person to admit this, but there it is. Deal with it.
Your personal idols: Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Ruben Studdard. Oh, wait...
MAC or PC? If you would have asked me this question 5 years ago, it would have been vehemently "PC." But my fiancé is a total Mac-geek and got me totally hooked on Apple products, so...Mac.
Most played song on your iPod: Right now, it's a tie between "Simple Song" by The Shins and "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles. So good.
Must-see TV show(s): Breaking Bad! I have become almost evangelical about the awesomeness that is Breaking Bad. Definitely the best show on TV right now. If you're not watching it, may God have mercy on your soul.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: The Who, if there were some way to resurrect Keith Moon and John Entwistle from the dead. (Do you like how I managed to squeeze the words "evangelical," "God," and "resurrect" into this Godspell-related blog post? I'm sneaky like that.)
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I'm getting married in less than 3 months, so I'm giving myself license to watch terrible wedding shows on TLC. After the wedding...well, we'll discuss that when the time comes.
Three things you can't live without: Biolage Gelée (my styling gel of choice for the last 11 years), Diet Pepsi, and seasons 1-10 of The Simpsons.
"I'll never understand why…": People take food out of the microwave without clearing out the time. This drives me CRAZY.
See Michelle's stamp on The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
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