Meeeeeet Robbie Flanagan!

*Hype Horn Sound* Meeeeeet Robbie Flanagan! An integral part of our amazing costuming department that is currently working overtime to make sure that the madness that is Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville goes off without a hitch. Read on to learn more about him!

What is your job here at Heritage?

I am the Costume Design Assistant for Heritage this summer. I assist all the costume designers on the shows this season– taking notes in fittings, keeping budgets on track, making sure actors feel comfortable. A lot of my job is talking and making sure nobody completely loses their mind. Along with that, I also do the finance work for the costume shop. I create expense reports and track all purchases that circle through the shop on a system called Chrome River. All I have to say about that is that Chrome River is a cruel mistress.

How did you first get involved in theatre? When did you realize that it was something you wanted to be a part of for the rest of your life?

My first taste of theatre was in first grade. My teacher wrote a musical about marine life and I played the starfish. I sang “It’s my Party”– the classic diva song by Leslie Gore. Of course I absolutely loved it and have been hooked every since. Now-a-days, I don’t act as much. I am exploring pretty much everything else–costume design, directing, arts administration. Where I will end up…. who knows.

What is your favorite play or musical?

I have always wanted to play Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. The music, the dancing, the spectacle of it all. CLASSIC. I hear Harvey Fierstein in my DREAMS. I mean, how can you not? Truly legendary.

What is your favorite thing to do in Cville?

I went to karaoke at Wild Wings Cafe and had a blast. Definitely something to do with a group while in Cville. You don’t even have to sing… the atmosphere is what makes it fun. I, personally, love dancing to the sounds of the not-so-trained vocalists.

What is your favorite non-theatre related activity?

I love to kayak. Back home in Boston, I go kayaking on the Charles River whenever I can. It’s amazing to just be on the water and rowing along.

Desert island questions: you can only bring the following to a desert island, what do you choose:

-Book– Fallen by Lauren Kate (It’s basically Twilight with Angels. Judge me)

-Movie– Clue. I could watch Madeleine Kahn as Mrs.White for HOURS. “Flames… on the side of my face”

-TV show– Nurse Jackie

-Two food items– Pizza and Pasta (I love carbs)

What show are you most looking forward to this season?

Due to the amount of pure insanity, I am most looking forward to Baskerville.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars…. is that even a question?

Marvel Comics or DC?

Marvel. Love me some Tobey Maguire Spider-Man.

Dogs or Cats?

Dogs. Cats always hate me.

Coke or Pepsi

Pepsi. My mother would be ashamed of me if I ever said I preferred coke.