What You Love About You: Seth Hannasch

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT is up and running and a big old hit! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) “packs an emotional punch” and features a “uniformly strong 13-member ensemble.” (Duluth News Tribune) Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actress making her Renegade debut, Cally Stanich!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

This one I can’t answer because I honestly haven’t had a terrible date.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I’m sure there are a good number of people who know this exists, but I personally believe “Treasure Planet” is one of the most underrated Disney films of all time.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

his has been a particularly fun challenge from a musical perspective. The tracks that Pasek & Paul write – for the men especially – are as exhilarating as they are demanding.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

One thing I love about myself is my passion for food. I’m always looking for new things to try, whether it’s eating or cooking.

What You Love About You: Cally Stanich

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT is up and running and a big old hit! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) “packs an emotional punch” and features a “uniformly strong 13-member ensemble.” (Duluth News Tribune) Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actress making her Renegade debut, Cally Stanich!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

He took me back to his house to watch a movie and then was breathing on my neck the whole time.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I love the Tale of Despereaux.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

I heard the music to this show first and it was absolutely amazing. I am so excited to be a part of this show

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love my height. Even though I have some battles with it, it’s still something I’m proud of.

What You Love About You: Will Rafferty

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT is up and running and a big old hit! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) “packs an emotional punch” and features a “uniformly strong 13-member ensemble.” (Duluth News Tribune) Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actor making his Renegade debut, Will Rafferty!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

My dad said I can’t date until I’m 40.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

My favorite musical that it seems like no one knows would be either Zombie Prom or Murder Ballad.

What do you hope people take from this show?

With this musical it is so easy to get distracted by the wonderful score, but there are some really intense moments in the show, and I hope that people whole-heartedly feel with the characters onstage. (But also enjoy the music because it really is great!)

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

My positive attitude. I can always find a reason to smile or crack a joke.

What You Love About You: Luke Harger

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT is up and running and a big old hit! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) “packs an emotional punch” and features a “uniformly strong 13-member ensemble.” (Duluth News Tribune) Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actor making his Renegade debut, Luke Harger!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

On my first date with my girlfriend, I decided it would be a good idea to bike to her apartment to meet her. It was only a couple miles away, and I was under the impression that it was a few miles over and just a little ways up the hill. I was wrong. It was six miles up the hill, I was wearing a sweater and jeans, and had a full backpack with me…so when I got there I was 15 minutes late and glistening with sweat. Not a good start at all, but fortunately for me, she was able to see past this less-than-stellar first impression, and now we’ve been dating for about a year. I’m a lucky guy.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I love the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. It’s a fictional community radio show about a town in the American southwest where all these supernatural goings-on occur. A great mix of creepy and funny.

What do you hope people take from this show?

The premise of a “Dogfight” is horrible. The men in our show choose not to see the women they bring to the dogfight as human beings with thoughts and feelings, but objects. But there are times in everyday life when we choose to look past people in the same way, and see them as “less than,” or as a problem instead of a person. I hope audiences will see our show and recognize the times when they’ve been like Eddie or they’ve been like Rose in everyday life.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love my imagination! It’s overactive for sure, but without all my daydreams bouncing around up there I don’t know what I’d do with myself.

What You Love About You: Peter Froehlingsdorf

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, one of our 2017 Resident Artists and one of the finest directors with whom we’ve ever had the pleasure to work, Peter Froehlingsdorf!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

Worst date … well, that would mean you would have to go on dates or have been on more then just a couple right? I think I have been pretty lucky with the dates I have been on. The most awkward were when I was living abroad in Helsinki, Finland. The idea of dating was fun but the actually dating part was hard. I would show up ready for some stimulating conversation and the conversation usually died as neither of us knew enough Finnish or English to get past the initial awkward questions of, “Hi my name is.. I come from.. and you?” Though one of those dates worked out pretty well, I’d say!

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

Well, I don’t want to give away titles as that would show my hand to some future projects I would love to direct, but I will tell you two.  Urinetown! I love the quirky title and there are endless possibilities with marketing, especially when ya gotta pay to pee! There is also an epic ABBA musical, other then the well known hit, Mama Mia.  It is very under the radar and would be such fun to see staged in Duluth. It is called, Kristina. It’s not flashy or light hearted. It is about a young woman’s journey to America and the lengths she takes to get here. The music is original and stunning.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

Well, I have been listening to this show by Pasek and Paul for some time now. I immediately fell in love with the music. It really needs no explanation at all why someone would want to direct this show or be part of it.  I love how this team of artists took a movie that no one had ever heard of and turned it into this musical. I think the show teaches us compassion above all. Beauty is defined so much these days by our outwardly appearance. This show’s certainly is no exception. These Marines are looking for a good time at the expense of these unconventional looking women. The audience quickly learns that Rose is not a “dog” but there is “so much more to see”.  By the time the final number is sung, you can’t help but realize Eddie was a victim to time and circumstance. I am really proud to share this remarkable story with people.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I always try to give 100%, 100% of the time. Though, it is a double edge sword. When I fail because I was unable to give  it my all, I take it very personally.

What You Love About You: Anna Matthes

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actress making her Renegade debut, Anna Matthes!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

It was a blind double date at Buffalo Wild Wings..at 12:30 am. Needless to say, there was no second date and I don’t even remember his name.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

The band Lake Street Dive, although they were formed in Boston, they are named after the street in Minneapolis.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

I am excited to work on this show because the people are incredibly talented and so fun to work with.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love my ability to adapt to different personality types and my wide range of humor.

What You Love About You: Brendan Finn

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actor making his Renegade debut, Brendan Finn!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

My first date, I saw Shrek 4 … needless to say, it didn’t end well.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I am really enjoying a documentary called In The Eyes of Tammy Faye Baker, which basically explores televangelism in the Reagan era. It’s very fascinating.

One of my top favorite movies is a movie called Jawbreaker. It’s like if Heathers and Mean Girls had a love child. And very lastly, I love the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. I’m still shocked they haven’t found the other Lohan twin yet, but, whatever I guess.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

I am so excited to be a part of this production this summer at Renegade! I hope this show is able to start an open and positive dialogue about some of the themes that are expressed in our show. Also, the cast is insanely talented. It’s an important story and I’m very lucky we all get to tell it together this summer!

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love that I want to always be a better person. I know I’m not perfect, and I know that sometimes accepting imperfection is very difficult. I am always looking for ways to try and be a better friend to others, and to try and treat myself with more respect. It’s a thankless process, but somehow Iiving in the never ending cycle of “what I can do better” has made me feel more focused on what’s important in this life.

What You Love About You: Rachael Ronding

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, a talented young woman who last graced our stage in 2015’s EASTLAND, Rachael Ronding!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

I once went out with a guy and for our first date we went on a walk by the lake, talked about life, held hands, all the cute high school stuff. But the next day he told me he couldn’t see me again because I read too many books. We went our separate ways but ended up reconnecting and dating for 4 years. Needless to say, we aren’t together anymore and I read a lot of books.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

The Pretty Reckless.

 Why are you excited to work on this show?

I’m so excited to work on this incredible piece of art. It touches on so many important subjects including PTSD, body image, war, rape culture and more. The stakes and circumstances are so high and allow us to take a glimpse into these people’s lives and why certain people do the things they do. The human condition is so interesting and it’s important to see it from all angles.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love that I have the ability to see past a bad moment. Sometimes if things are going really poorly, it’s easy to fall into a dark place and shut down. I’m getting very good at taking a breath, remembering that tomorrow’s another day, and just living. It’s a quality some of the strongest people I know hold, and I love that it’s part of who I am.

What You Love About You: Jace LeGarde

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, one of our favorite performers making his return to the Renegade stage: Jace LeGarde!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

I don’t think I’ve ever really had a bad date… One time I took someone to see Spring Awakening at Renegade on a first date when I was like 14 knowing nothing about the plot of it. It wasn’t a bad date by any means, and we went on to be together for like 2 years, but it was definitely a bit uncomfortable.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

Jess Godwin is an old voice teacher of mine who records awesome music that I love to listen to (and her music videos are super cool to watch!) I’ve also really been into this singer named Dustin Kensrue lately.

 Why are you excited to work on this show?

It’s been amazing getting to do a show where I didn’t know most of the people going in! Doing theatre in Duluth, you usually at least somewhat know everyone, but I only knew two prior to starting rehearsals. It’s also been great to be back doing another show in Duluth. It’s been a few years since I last got to do a show around here, and it’s such a great theatre community.

Also, this is the first show I’ve ever gotten to say the F word in, so that’s fucking exciting too. Sorry Mom and Dad.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I like my ability to remain optimistic and upbeat in not so great circumstances. I don’t think I would have been able to make it through this past year without it.

What You Love About You: Sam Hildestad

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented actror making hir Renegade debut, Sam Hildestad!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

I remember in 8th grade, I had been dating (let’s be real, can you even call it dating in 8th grade?) this girl and we went to the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games. The theater was packed, filled with screaming teenagers, and we ended up stealing someone else’s seats so we could sit together. Anyway, midnight was way past my curfew and I told my dad that the movie was going to be over at midnight, so he came to pick me up, unaware the movie had just started. I ended up getting called by my dad from the parking lot many times and left the theatre to answer his call. When I came back, my seat had been taken and this girl was just sitting alone and I had already missed the when the games officially began. Anyways, I ended up sitting on the floor next to this girl in the aisle, and a movie theater attendant asked me show proof of my ticket, which I couldn’t find at the moment. I then was kicked out of the movie, so I walked out to my dad, got scolded in the parking lot, and left my date behind. Recollecting this makes me realize why middle schoolers shouldn’t date or be out past midnight.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

My grandmother and I used to watch Bedknobs and Broomsticks when I was younger, an early seventies Disney movie musical starring Angela Lansbury as an apprentice witch who uses magic to fight off Nazis during WWII. Honestly, to this day I still consider this one of cinema’s greatest achievements. I also saw Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark when it was on Broadway, which many people regard as a shit show, but it was incredibly entertaining.

 Why are you excited to work on this show?

Dogfight is a show that means a lot to me. This is the best score in a musical I have ever been honored to get to perform, the lyrics and orchestrations are unbelievable! Additionally, I think the central themes and historical contexts are what make this show as captivating as it is. The Marines in this show are entitled, rude, and awful to the women that they bring to the dogfight. Throughout the course of the show, you see these “young boys” get more wrapped up in the ideas of what they think being a US Marine and having power allows them to do and how they live their lives idolizing their father’s legacies and the concept of glory. The message this show sends comes full-fledged through the character of Rose about how beauty and self-worth all come internally and not through the opinions of others. I hope audiences are entertained, but also appalled by some of the actions of these men, and come out with new found realizations about how society’s perceptions of beauty and glory can really be ugly and destructive.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love my quirks and my sense of humor. A lot of the times, I’m not afraid to just say whatever crazy shit comes to mind, and many times it’s ridiculously hilarious.