44: The Merch Guy

This one is really exciting. I interviewed Ricky Winowieckie (pronounced vee-no-vee-eh-ski) from Ann Arbor Tees, the company that produces merch for Elsie Fest! (And also Elsie alums Darren Criss, StarKid, and Computer Games.)

You can listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/44-the-merch-guy/

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Ricky wants to be remembered as a lover of dogs

Ricky and I go way into the weeds about how merch is developed and produced for Elsie Fest, how he first met the StarKids and Darren, and even where he parks his van during Elsie Fest weekend.

AND there’s a sale right now on official Elsie Fest, Darren Criss, and Computer Games merch! Check it out.

Ann Arbor Tees also does merch for Tin Can Bros, who currently have a show off-Broadway. Go check out The Solve It Squad this week, and while you’re there say hi to stage manager (and podcast guest) Adam Brunetti.


Next on the podcast:

May 7: Rosemary Rodriguez, Producing Director of Rise

 

 

 

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38: Sounds from the Homework Release Party

Hear the sounds from my Trusty Correspondent Heidi’s trip to LA for the Homework Release Party.

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Heidi with some guy she met in an alley.

Hear the episode here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ibjdi-84fbc5

Here’s the Computer Games set from Wednesday, December 13:

And here’s the live stream from the Homework show:

If you love Heidi’s t-shirt, you can buy one here:

If you want the shirt Heidi gave Darren on my behalf (that Chuck called “awesome”) you can get one here:

And if you want to celebrate your love of Homework, I made this shirt too:

And there are a bunch of other things available in my shop:

You can donate to The Criss Project here.
And if you do, let me know on Twitter and be entered to win an Elsie Fest 2017 package.
Review the podcast on iTunes to be entered to win a Darren Criss t-shirt.

Coming Monday, February 12: Sounds of Broadwaycon

26: Adam Brunetti backstage at Elsie Fest 2016

If you’re looking for the FAQ about Elsie Fest 2017, it’s here.

Episode 26 is here, and it features Adam Brunetti! You can listen to it here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/26-adam-brunetti-backstage-at-elsie-fest-2016/

Adam is a freelance event producer and he was backstage at Elsie Fest 2016 helping out his buddy Darren Criss.

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We talk about that (Adam has some great stories) and speculate wildly about what might happen at Elsie Fest 2017. And talk about some other stuff.

Also, I reviewed Elsie alum Aaron Tveit’s production of Company at Barrington Stage Company. I mean, he’s in it, he didn’t direct it or anything. But he’s Bobby, so it’s kind of all about him.

Just thinking about Adam makes me ramble and tangential. So you can imagine what the episode is like. But I learned how to add music and do fades and properly beep swears (you kiss your mother with that mouth, Adam?) so you can enjoy all of that stuff and my husband the Sound Mixer says I got all my levels right so that’s some good work right there.

Also, we talked about stuff from past episodes like Julie James and Larry Hochman, so you can check those out by clicking their names.

Oh, and here’s a video of my friend James dancing with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

23: Mardie Baldo, Gleek Goddess

First up: news!

You all know by now that Julie James will be on the podcast July 31st. Well, we already did the interview, and Julie texted Darren for us to get an Elsie update. He was cagey, of course, but he said they have a date and location and they’ll be announcing as soon as the lineup is finalized.

To which my reply is, as always, “Please just give us a date!!!” People want to book flights and hotels and otherwise plan their Septembers. You can release a Save the Date without having the lineup finalized. We, the fans of Elsie Fest, would really like that!

Listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/23-mardie-baldo-gleek-goddess/

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There is a great story behind this picture.

My guest is Mardie Baldo, long time fangirl and enthusiastic Glee/Harry Potter/Darren Criss/Star Kid/Broadway/Computer Games fan. (Also if a Glee alum is in a thing, she probably likes that, too.) Mardie tells me how she got into loving musicals and into fandom, how she discovered Darren, and her beautiful story of meeting Darren a few times and how that helped her husband through his last days.

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Mardie with her husband, Jim, and some other guy

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Mardie is holding the photo collage she made to remember Jim’s time with Darren.

Then we chat about Mardie’s dream cast for the next Elsie Fest, and wonder who will be the first Glee alum to make it to Elsie.

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Mardie Baldo and Todrick Hall

All that, plus my reviews of Matthew McConaghey vs. the Devil and Come From Away.


Coming up on the podcast:

July 31: Julie James

August 13: Joaquin Sedillo, AD for Glee

August 27: Getting Ready for Elsie Fest