A blockbuster list of names from the arts spanning the Atlantic are set to take part in Theatre Camp, an exclusive fundraising series of live interviews on Instagram starting today, Monday April 27th, @Brauhala, with Laura Osnes (6.30pm UK/1.30pm ET/10.30am PT, and Lindsay Heather Pearce (9pm UK/4pm ET/1pm PT).
Matthew Lopez, Issac Cole Powell, Rachel Tucker, Hannah Waddingham, Marisha Wallace, Christina Bianco, Joe McElderry and many more will be interviewed by William Connelly (former editor of Gay Times, host of the theatre podcast Eleven) and Benjamin Rauhula (Broadway musical director and father of the Broadway Princess Party) as a fundraiser for charities Switchboard LGBT+ UK and Covenant House USA.
Over the next two weeks the stars will sit down for a long-distance chat (at various times through the week – see the schedule) to discuss life in lockdown, onstage mishaps and their careers so far.
The full list of participants currently includes: Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Grease), Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance), Lindsay Heather Pearce (Glee, Wicked), Isaac Cole Powell (West Side Story, Once on this Island), Hannah Waddingham (Sex Education, Game of Thrones, Into the Woods), Rachel Tucker (Wicked, Come From Away, The Last Ship), Susan Egan (Disney’s Hercules, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Joe McElderry (Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), Genesis Lynnea (Six, Sylvia), Christina Bianco (Funny Girl, Forbidden Broadway), Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dear Evan Hansen, Dreamgirls), Robert Colvin (Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde), Mars Rucker (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), Alex Thomas-Smith (Dear Evan Hansen), Aimie Atkinson (Six, Pretty Woman), Arun Blair-Mangat (& Juliet, Kinky Boots), Jacqueline Hughes (Wicked), Jodie Jacobs (Legally Blonde, Unexpected Joy), Hibe Elchikhe (Aladdin, Ghost: The Musical) and Ariana DeBose (Hamilton, Pippin), with more to be announced, so keep an eye on their website for the full schedule and any updates.
Switchboard the LGBT+ is a confidential helpline in the UK open to the LGBTQ+ communities and beyond, for anyone who wants to talk about gender identity, sexuality, sexual health and emotional wellbeing. They operate a telephone line, instant messaging and email service from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year. Donate here.
For over 40 years, Covenant House has sheltered and cared for the millions of kids suffering on the streets every day – now standing as a powerful human rights movement for homeless and trafficked youth in 31 cities across 6 countries. Donate here.
By Chad Armstrong