(Really) getting to know the cast of ‘Dames at Sea’

By Amy Reader

When we watch a performance, it’s easy to think that the people on stage aren’t really people. Rather, they are beautifully talented demi-gods who can sing, dance, and act at the same time. However, actors are just like everybody else, with likes/dislikes/interests/aspirations all across the spectrum. Take a look at the hidden hobbies of the cast of Dames at Sea, they just might surprise you:

Yellow Brick WarHogan.jimmyJimmy Hogan enjoys the company of any book that can sweep him away from reality and into an adventurous world. His most recent indulgence is Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige, the third installment of the Dorothy Must Die series. “I like how it takes the cuteness of it out. It’s a very brutal story and I think it’s so cool to see something that is usually associated with childhood… turn into something so different and dark”

Balsley.broderick2017Broderick Balsley has an eye for style and a love for the fashion industry. According to Broderick, Summer 2017 is all about floral prints, stripes, and denim on denim. While he doesn’t design clothes himself, his knack for fashion has an influence on the way he erdem-001-1366dresses.

“I try to replicate many of the new, artistic designs and make them into my own outfits that fit into trending pop culture of the time.” As for who he thinks is making an impact in the fashion world, Broderick said, “I think the designer, Erdem, is really nailing the textures and patterns that are hot this year.”

Podulka.lisaLisa Podulka has a passion for Spanish culture, specifically the literature and theatre. After closing Dames at Sea, Lisa plans to jet off to Buenos Aires, Argentina to study abroad for the summer.

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“My favorite Spanish-related musicals are Evita and Man of La Mancha! Actually my obsession with Evita is partly why I’m going to Buenos Aires.”


Before making the move to Indiana University to study musical theatre, Casey Lamont expressed her passion for working with special needs students. She worked with the organization PALS, which lets high school students assist their peers with Down syndrome, giving them a place to learn, make friends, and have fun.

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“I was [involved] back home, and still keep in touch with the students I was mentoring, but I’m currently searching for ways to get back into that here in Bloomington.”


When Julia Thorn takes off her dancing shoes, she turns to one of her favorite hobbies: knitting. Julia enjoys making cold weather accessories for herself and her family during the winter months.


“These mittens look a little crazy because they’re the first pair I made for myself,” she said. When asked if the mittens (pictured here) were baby-sized, she laughed, “No, those are my mittens. I kind of have baby-sized hands.”

When asked about his current obsession, Henry Miller, responded simply — He loves Diet Coke. “It’s like lowkey an addiction haha,” he said. “I’ve been trying to cut myself back but I usually drink about one a day.”Henry Coke

Please come see Dames at Sea, opening this Friday, June 2nd, to show your support for Henry and the rest of the incredible cast
and crew.




Reader17759906_1500301083322667_60115000267237763_nAmy Reader is a junior majoring in Theatre & Drama and Media Advertising. She is Director of Communications for University Players, where she recently portrayed Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. She also is the current president of Midnight Snack Comedy, an improv comedy troupe that features a variety of short-form improv, sketches, stand-up sets, and long-form improv.  Amy is from Lebanon, IN.

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