Meet the Bloggers: Lauren Carlton
This fall, The Green Room is thrilled to welcome a fantastic group of new bloggers to our team. For the rest of the week, you can get to know them through our Meet the Bloggers series.
Name: Lauren Carlton
What do you do outside of blogging? When I’m not blogging, I work as an outreach teaching artist for a local children’s theater. I teach after-school theatre classes to grades K-6 in Northern Alabama. In addition to that fantastic job, I’m busy living the freelancing life of a singing actor/social media manager and cheering on my alma mater, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Roll Tide!
Favorite musical: Answering this was slightly agonizing, but I’m going to have to go with Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days. Four characters and a keyboard tell one of the most agonizingly human stories in the midst of the wild that is New York City. Experiencing Ordinary Days is like sitting through a stressful, heartbreaking, joyous, hilarious therapy session. I always feel like I can glean some new insight from it whenever I listen to it. Plus, Deb is my spirit animal, even though I don’t think I’d ever yell at a stranger in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
What are you interested in blogging about this fall? I’m largely inspired by unexpected influences in contemporary musical theatre, everything from opera and country music to 1990’s films (Dogfight, anyone?). As an Alabama native, I’m also interested in exploring contemporary musical theatre in today’s American South. I hope my posts are able to create and foster dialogue among fellow Green Room readers.
What are your non-theater interests? My interests include autobiographies, coffee, getting lost (this is not so much an interest as it is a character trait I’ve decided to embrace), wandering around Sephora, pretending to be good at yoga (child’s pose is my jam), and watching YouTube videos of people’s pet pigs.
Favorite NMT song: “The Text Message Song” by Drew Gasparini is always a crowd pleaser! I’ve been singing it since my sophomore year of college and I still find that no one ever expects the button at the end. Check out Cait Doyle singing it in her cabaret, Hot Mess in Manhattan: