24: Julie James reminisces about Elsie Fest

Looking for info about Elsie Fest 2017? Check out my FAQ.

On Episode 24, I interview my very first Elsie alum: Julie James, from Sirius XM! Listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/24-julie-james-reminisces-about-elsie-fest-2016/

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I’m sure there’s a bunch of other stuff I should be putting on this post, but I’m crazy busy with helping everyone with Elsie Fest stuff online and doing interviews for upcoming episodes and also work and stuff, so this is all you get. And it’s a week late!


Coming up on the podcast:

August 14: Joaquin Sedillo, Director of Photography for Glee

August 28: Adam Brunetti, Event Producer for Elsie Fest 2015 and 2016 (and 2017?)

FAQ

Your one stop shop for all Elsie Fest 2017 questions. That I can answer. I’m still just a fan and don’t have inside information, but I do pay attention, and I will update this as frequently as I can (given that I have a day job and a family and stuff) to try and set everyone’s mind at ease and make sure we have the best possible information. If you have additional questions, please ask in the comments or tweet them to me @elsiepod. Here we go:

1. When is Elsie Fest this year?

October 8, 2017, with a currently published time of 5-10PM.

2. Where is Elsie Fest this year?

Summerstage, Central Park, New York City

3. Where do I buy tickets?

Tickets are available via Ticketfly. You can link to Ticketfly via the Elsie Fest website.

4. How much will tickets cost me?

General Admission is $59.99

Bleacher Pass is $84.99 Bleacher Passes are SOLD OUT

Fees are $9.27 per ticket on Ticketfly.

5. Are there seats at the venue?

There are some. Summerstage is primarily a lawn seating venue, which means everybody brings a blanket and finds a seat on the ground. There are bleachers, but the passes for them are sold out.

Here’s a Google Street View of the venue.

I have arthritis/use a wheelchair/just can’t sit on the ground. What do I do?

I wish I had a good answer here. Hopefully, Elsie Fest and/or Summerstage will be forthcoming about this information when tickets actually go on sale. If they are not, my best advice is to ask for what you need. Reach out to Elsie Fest and Summerstage and say that you need a seat (or a place you can see from your wheelchair) (or whatever accommodation you may need) and ask what they will do to accommodate you. Under the ADA, they have to accommodate you if you have a medical need.*

6. Will there be VIP?

There is no VIP seating.

So far, one Meet & Greet has been announced with Lea Michele.

7. Who will be performing?

Announced performers are:

Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Alan Cumming

Special Guests: Ingrid Michaelson, Norm Lewis, & Jeremy Jordan

More guests TBA!

What? No Computer Games?!

I know. I thought so, too.

8. Will I be able to meet Darren Criss at Elsie Fest?

Probably not, unless you’re quick and can afford to pay for a meet and greet. Last year, these packages went on sale a few weeks after the regular tickets, and the meet and greets with Darren sold out very quickly. (Definitely within a day, some say within an hour.)

As of now, only the Lea Michele meet and greet has been posted. The official notification regarding a Darren Criss M&G is “undecided.”

9. Can I bring a dog to Elsie Fest?

Sadly, no.

10. I heard some other people were going to be at Elsie Fest. Are they maybe some of the “More Guests TBA?”

Maybe. But I wouldn’t buy tickets based on that thought. You never know who might show up at Elsie Fest–there have been unannounced surprise guests both years. But if you’re buying a ticket because you hope that a rumored guest will show up, you will probably be disappointed.

Falsely rumored guests include Audra McDonald, Dove Cameron, and Corey Cott. As far as I know, none of them will be performing at Elsie Fest this year.

Another rumor has cropped up: Brendan Urie. This was based on a tweet from @ElsieFest inviting him to perform. As far as I know, it was just something thrown out there by whomever was on the account at the time and there’s no reason to think Brendan even saw it. Don’t buy tickets based on this rumor.

11. Is Elsie Fest going to sell out?

It might. There’s no way to know how many tickets have been sold. However, the venue is large, and a sell-out would mean probably a 50% increase in audience over last year. Given increased advertising, more prominent guests, and a better location and date, it’s possible this will happen, but probably not before your next paycheck arrives.

12. When will additional guests be announced?

Probably not any time soon. While I have no way of knowing who has been invited or what kind of negotiations are going on behind the scenes, they have made it clear that Darren is the person who arranges the talent at Elsie Fest. Darren has been very publicly busy with publicity (not to mention shooting American Crime Story) this week, so I find it hard to imagine he’s been working hard on finding additional guests.

There will be more guests. Some will be announced before Elsie Fest, others will be surprise guests (if the past two years are a guide.) But I doubt this is a priority for them right now. (Or, you know, they might suddenly announce Jeremy Jordan the day after I write this. Like I said–they’ll come as they come. Buy tickets based on what’s been announced, don’t hold your breath, and enjoy watching it unfold.)

13. I have nobody to sit with at Elsie Fest. May I sit with you?

Of course! I haven’t finalized my plans yet, but I will be setting up some kind of Elsie Cast space (you know, like two or three blankets) and I will let you know how to find me. I’ll be passing out stickers and trying to interview as many fans as I can during the day. I’ll also be getting contact info for people who have good Elsie Fest stories and want to do a full episode interview. And all strays are welcome to hang out with us.

14. I wish there was a way to get familiar with the music of all of these artists before Elsie Fest.

I made myself a Spotify playlist for that purpose that I’m happy to share. It’s over 11 hours of music by all the announced artists. I listen to it on random, like a radio station, though there are entire albums in there that might be fun to listen to in order. Enjoy!

15. I was hoping to take pictures/video at Elsie Fest, but the website for Summerstage says no cameras are allowed! What do I do?

The official policy says “Professional gear including video cameras or cameras with lens 100mm and over are not permitted.” Your phone or digital camera should be fine. They don’t want people taking professional-quality photos so that they can keep control of publicity.

16. Can I bring food and/or a water bottle?

Yes, but no coolers or alcohol. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and food are sold within the venue. There is also a water fountain to refill your water bottle. (Much better than last year. I think I spent $60 just on water for me and my kid.)


*I’m sure I don’t have to say this, because Elsie Fest fans are awesome, but please don’t abuse this. People with disabilities actually need accommodations, and I want to live in a world where they get them with minimal fuss. When people abuse these policies, everyone’s life gets worse. So advocate for yourself if you need it, and everyone else, just sit on the damn ground or don’t come.

Last update: August 7th at 11:40am Eastern

News! Well, news-ish!

A little while ago, Ricky Rollins, one of the producers of Elsie Fest, tweeted the following:

It’s not really news, but it is confirmation that Elsie Fest is going to happen and we can expect an announcement relatively soon. So news-ish, but it’s something!

And I have to think all of our tweets and asks and hashtags brought this to his attention, so thank you for asking!

I’ll keep you posted as best I can.

Meanwhile, you can listen to the podcast here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com


Coming up on the podcast:

June 19: Got Your 6

July 3: New York Musical Festival

July 17: Mardie Baldo: Gleek Goddess

Todrick Hall and Tiffany

Episode 19: Thespian Nerd

Sometimes I see someone on Twitter (or wherever) and I just think they look like fun to talk to. Tiffany was one of those people. And we had a great time talking about everything from Chris Colfer’s writing to Glee to Broadwaycon and Todrick Hall and Lena Hall and wild speculation about the next Elsie Fest.

You can listen to the episode here: https://elsiecast.podbean.com/e/19-thespian-nerd/

This is a terrible quality video, but the quote Tiffany refers to is in it. It’s from Inside the Actors Studio:

Here are the Chris Colfer links I promised:

Official site for Chris Colfer’s Land of Storieshttp://thelandofstories.com

Amazon’s list of all of Chris Colfer’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Colfer/e/B007O2PO80

Here’s the pic of Tiffany with Todrick Hall:

Todrick Hall and Tiffany

Tiffany met Todrick Hall at the stage door of Kinky Boots.

The Facebook Live where Darren mentions Elsie Fest is here: https://www.facebook.com/darrencriss/videos/10154489266594147/

The Elsie Fest comment is at about 34:53 if I’m reading the time thing correctly.