135 Questions with... Coy Branscum

Every so often we will bom­bard for­mer camper, fac­ul­ty or staff mem­bers with our pile of 135 ques­tions. We’ll edit down their respons­es and post them here, pick­ing the best answers. We like to check in with each oth­er every so often and thought you’d enjoy it as well. (btw, wan­na make it 136? Let us know if you wan­na add some ques­tions and we’ll see what we can do…)

What is your full name?
Coy Gee Branscum II

Where were you born?
Dallas, Texas

What’s the first thing you remem­ber about TAP?
Calling Ginger (I got lost..) and hear­ing her answer the phone with “You can’t call me here…hahaha….but real­ly. Kidding!”

What was the open­ing num­ber of your first TAP show­case?
Tradition from Fiddler on the Roof

When was the last time you laughed real­ly hard?
Today with Ginger, Travis and Koske at One Act rehearsal…

What are you excit­ed for?
TAP CAMP 2011 😀

What’s your mood right now?
Exhausted..

Do you wish you were some­where else right now?
Yes. My bed. 🙂

What is one place you would love to vis­it right now?
NYC (good luck try­ing not to sing.)

Do you know any­one named Dan?
Why yes I do. He was in a cou­ple shows with me in Wimberley.

Are you tired?
As pre­vi­ous­ly stat­ed, yes… Exhausted.

What are you about to do?
Slink onto the couch and watch a new episode of Castle, the best TV show ever.

Which cof­fee fla­vor are you?
Mocha. Is that a cof­fee..? That’s what I pur­chase at cof­fee shops…

Which pop­u­lar sit­com char­ac­ter are you clos­est to?
All of them, I see a bit of myself in all the char­ac­ters I watch. Which I guess is why I watch the shows in the first place.

Where’s the beef?
In the stew.

What do you con­sid­er to be the great­est inven­tion?
Sliced bread. Kidding, but my real answer would have to be the inter­net.

Recommend a book/​play/​musical/​poem/​movie that has changed your life.
Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig. Read the play and the book for the musi­cal pro­duc­tion and buy the CD. Envelop your­self in the essence of this incred­i­ble show.

Do you know any­one famous?
Yes, I’m relat­ed to LeAnn Womack (but we’ve nev­er met).

Red Sox or Yankees?
Yankees… because of Damn Yankees. That’s my con­nec­tion. Haha, I know noth­ing of sports land..

What’s your favorite col­or?
Green.

Tenors or bari­tones?
TENORS ALL THE WAY! HEY-OHHH!

Do you do any impres­sions?
Yes. I’m totes good at Barbara Streisand and Judy Garland.. I’m work­ing on Liza…

If you could meet any liv­ing per­son, who would it be?
I have a list, but let’s go with Julie Andrews. She taught me to sing. “Do, a dear…”

If you could meet a char­ac­ter from fic­tion, who would it be?
Harry Potter. That’s like… not even a ques­tion.

What’s the last piece of live per­for­mance you attend­ed as an audi­ence mem­ber?
Liza’s con­cert in Austin.

What was your favorite TAP activ­i­ty?
Hmm.. if we’re talk­ing Iron Tap – spam cook off. Tap camp in gen­er­al would be going to see shows with every­one. Dressing up and a night of the­atre? Yes, please.

How many 1st cousins do you have?
I don’t know… I don’t want to think that hard…

Which has been your hap­pi­est moment in life?
Getting into col­lege.

If told that this is your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
Doing what­ev­er my sweet, lil heart desired…

Name one qual­i­ty that you absolute­ly adore in your friends.
Their abil­i­ty to make me smile when I don’t want to.

What makes you laugh?
Sarcasm. Funny stuff.

Where do you feel most at home?
In rehearsals.

Hamburger or hot dog?
Hamburger. When you eat a hot dog, you eat just about every body part imag­in­able. Repulsing.

Who was/​were your roommate/​s at TAP?
Dylan, Manny and Ryan. We had the best room… No ques­tion.

Who has been the biggest influ­ence in your career/​studies?
Ginger Morris! 😀 No joke, changed my life…

Have you talked to a com­plete jerk today?
Not a com­plete jerk…

What did you do last night?
Rehearsed, made a video project where I baked stuff then watched the DVD of the Footloose pro­duc­tion I was in.

If you could pack up and move would you?
Yes. I am actu­al­ly… I have to with col­lege and what not.

What’s the fur­thest you’ve ever trav­eled?
I went to Chicago! Amazing city.

Did you enjoy your week­end?
Yes, it was a beau­ti­ful week­end… Filled with hope­less­ness, hope­ful­ness, joy and depres­sion all at the same time.

Are you stub­born?
No! (Haha, get it? I real­ly am stub­born.. It’s a joke.)

Who else is in the room with you?
My mom and dad.

In win­ter, would you rather wear jack­ets or hood­ies?
Hoodies. 🙂 They’re so com­fort­able.. and they have HOODS.

What’s the longest you’ve ever spent in a car?
I drove to Florida one time.

What project are you work­ing on cur­rent­ly?
I’m assis­tant direct­ing Picnic for the high school’s One Act Play and I’m also assis­tant direct­ing Once on This Island at the mid­dle school. I’ve also got to work on my Senior Portfolio and my Senior Project… There is a lot.

With whom have you had the most suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion?
Hmm.. I don’t know. I work with Ginger real­ly well?

Where did you go to col­lege?
I will be attend­ing Millikin University in the fall. 🙂

If you could add one ques­tion to this list of ques­tions, what would it be?
If you could be any ani­mal, what would you be?

College Auditions: Coy Branscum

This is the first of a series of posts where TAP campers share their expe­ri­ence with the col­lege audi­tion process. If you have a sto­ry you’d like to share, let us know.

Coy is one of the TAP campers, prep­ping for his last year with us and his first year at col­lege. He will going to Millikin University this fall as a BFA Musical Theatre Major. Congrats, Coy! Fabulous pho­to cour­tesy of Coy’s Facebook pro­file.

Auditioning for col­leges can feel ter­ri­fy­ing. It’s easy, as I found out, to become over­whelmed and feel like you won’t suc­ceed. But the actu­al process is incred­i­bly fun. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each col­lege want you to do well, they’re look­ing for poten­tial stu­dents for their pro­gram!

While I feel you shouldn’t see col­lege audi­tions as daunt­ing, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to try. You real­ly have to focus on your mono­logue and song selec­tion. It’s a bit dif­fi­cult because you need to watch each program’s audi­tion require­ments (although they’re all pret­ty stan­dard). The feel­ing you get from a suc­cess­ful audi­tion is worth all the effort you put in to make it hap­pen.

The biggest part is push­ing through your fears. I’m not a dancer nec­es­sar­i­ly and it’s easy for me to feel dis­cour­aged in dance calls, but col­leges aren’t look­ing for Broadway stars. They’re look­ing for young tal­ent to nur­ture and grow. Rather than show­ing sim­ply how tal­ent­ed you are, show your will­ing­ness to try and to learn. In my audi­tion for CCM, we had a dance call to a song from Thoroughly Modern Millie. I walked in lit­er­al­ly shak­ing, feel­ing incom­pe­tent to the oth­ers sur­round­ing me (in my mind they radi­at­ed a dancer vibe) but I told myself to shut up and just. Do. It. It end­ed up being my best audi­tion. Although I wasn’t accept­ed to the pro­gram, I left with­out regrets and still have none.

College audi­tions are great — it makes the idea of col­lege even more appeal­ing. After my expe­ri­ence, I can’t wait to make the tran­si­tion and start build­ing the base for my future.

135 Questions with... Alexa Cepeda

Every so often we will bom­bard for­mer camper, fac­ul­ty or staff mem­bers with our pile of 135 ques­tions. We’ll edit down their respons­es and post them here, pick­ing the best answers. We like to check in with each oth­er every so often and thought you’d enjoy it as well. (btw, wan­na make it 136? Let us know if you wan­na add some ques­tions and we’ll see what we can do…)

Alexa Cepeda

1. What is your full name?
Alexa Isabel Cepeda

2. Where were you born?
Lafayette, Indiana

12. What’s the first thing you remem­ber about TAP?
First mem­o­ry-feel­ing like I was about to be sub­merged in a world of adults…and how on earth I would sur­vive, lol. But my favorite mem­o­ry of TAP is singing “Gimme Gimme.” I made a lot of growth that sum­mer.

35. What are you excit­ed for?
Traveling to Spain/​Paris this sum­mer!

39. What is one place you would love to vis­it right now?
I would love to vis­it TAP camp right now-espe­cial­ly Helm.

62. What are you about to do?
I am about to take my lit­tle broth­er to his ten­nis les­son, and after I will prob­a­bly either go for a run, or do my last voice les­son (through a recorder)

65. Which cof­fee fla­vor are you?
Toffee Nut Latte

75. Recommend a book/​play/​musical/​poem/​movie that has changed your life.
Legally Blonde. Elle was proud of who she was, and is the per­fect exam­ple of a diva. The nov­el “Eat, Pray, Love” is amaz­ing as well, once you get past the few two/​three chap­ters.

85. What’s your favorite col­or?
Red! “it’s the col­or of con­fi­dence!” (Legally Blonde quote) haha

86. Do you do any impres­sions?
I can do my mom real­ly well – but it’s only fun­ny if you know her. I’ve also been told I do TAP friend imper­son­ations well! Like Jacob, or kath­leen.

89. If you could meet any liv­ing per­son, who would it be?
Such a dif­fi­cult ques­tion-I would love to hang out with Bernadette Peters..I love Sandra Bullock too, and Drew Berrymore.

90. If you could a char­ac­ter from fic­tion, who would it be?
Hermione from Harry Potter. done.

91. What’s the last piece of live per­for­mance you attend­ed as an audi­ence mem­ber?
I saw Beauty and the Beast at A&M’s OPUS..where they bring in trav­el­ing shows. It was pret­ty good!

96. What was your favorite TAP activ­i­ty?
Dodgeball. I don’t care if my team wins (unless it’s for IRON TAP), and I am super shy at throw­ing and catch­ing balls…but the thrill and adren­a­line is amaz­ing. If I had a rough day, (rare at tap, but they hap­pen), or was super tired, it was so great to relieve all that ener­gy into dodg­ing balls..even though I would scream, and in con­se­quec­ne, not talk for the rest of the night in order to recoup my voice, haha­ha.

98. Are you stub­born?
Yes, espe­cial­ly with my par­ents.

100. Which has been your hap­pi­est moment in life?
Any meal with my fam­i­ly where we’ve laughed so hard that it would soon turn into a seri­ous sit­u­a­tion because we couldn’t breath. or the encores of TAP. Like “Celebration”, or “Footloose.” Nothing mat­tered except feel­ing alive on that stage.

101. If told that this is your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
I would spend it with Kathleen, and my old­er broth­er Agustin who is my hero. I would want to kiss every cute boy I saw, and eat fruit pop­si­cles, belt my heart out, and dance to fun music. I love to dance. I would hope that all the peo­ple I adore and love already knew that I loved them-but if not, I would just wish on every star I saw that night that they did..because it would be impos­si­ble to express all of that love in one day. Impossible.

102. Name one qual­i­ty that you absolute­ly adore in your friends.
Their courage to dream, no mat­ter how big or small.

103. What makes you laugh?
My cat when her toungue sticks out.

104. Where do you feel most at home?
In my bed with xmas lights on, or at TAP, espe­cial­ly while watch­ing the TONY’s, (tra­di­tion!) or eat­ing their bis­cuits in the morn­ing. I don’t real­ly eat bis­cuits out­side of TAP

106. Hamburger or hot dog?
hot dog

107. Who has been the biggest influ­ence in your career/​studies?
Ginger Morris, Michael McKelvey, Aaron Moten, Molly Gasbarrini, my mom for sign­ing me up for TAP with­out ask­ing me first:)

109. What did you do last night?
Homework, ran, danced to music in my room. Read, wast­ed time on Fbook

110. If you could pack up and move would you?
Not right now. In one year, yes.

111. In win­ter, would you rather wear jack­ets or hood­ies?
Hoodies! Fuzzy, and warm.

116. What’s the fur­thest you’ve ever trav­eled?
Spain.

117. Did you enjoy your week­end?
YES, it was won­der­ful.

131. With whom have you had the most suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion?
I would say being part of SSA’s Cabaret. Not sure if that counts, but it was an incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence.

132. Where did you go to col­lege?
gah­h­hh.

135. If you could add one ques­tion to this list of ques­tions, what would it be?

If you could have one wish come true, what would it be?



135 Questions with... Travis Brendle

Every so often we will bom­bard for­mer camper, fac­ul­ty or staff mem­bers with our pile of 135 ques­tions. We’ll edit down their respons­es and post them here, pick­ing the best answers. We like to check in with each oth­er every so often and thought you’d enjoy it as well. (btw, wan­na make it 136? Let us know if you wan­na add some ques­tions and we’ll see what we can do…)



1. What is your full name?
Travis Pâté Brendle

2. Where were you born?
Austin, Texas USA

12. What’s the first thing you remem­ber about TAP?
I remem­ber the name game. At the begin­ning of camp, all of the campers and staff get togeth­er and play the name game as a way to get to know every­one. It is my first, and one of my best mem­o­ries of TAP every year!

14. What was the open­ing num­ber of your first TAP show­case?
Heart and Music from William Finn’s A New Brain.

34. When was the last time you laughed real­ly hard?
This after­noon when on the phone with my best friend.

35. What are you excit­ed for?
Two things: Texas Arts Project 2011! And a work­shop I am work­ing on in NYC in the fall.

37. What’s your mood right now?
Really hap­py, actu­al­ly! It’s been a won­der­ful day.

38. Do you wish you were some­where else right now?
Yes I do…On a cruise ship in the pool with an umbrel­la drink in my hand.

39. What is one place you would love to vis­it right now?
I would love to go to NYC and see all my friends!

47. Do you know any­one named Dan?
I do know sev­er­al peo­ple named Dan, and they are all real­ly cool!

58. Are you tired ?
I am wide awake! I had a great night sleep last night!

62. What are you about to do?
Cook a real­ly deli­cious din­ner, then go to a meet­ing.

65. Which cof­fee fla­vor are you?
I’m more of a tea guy.

68. Which pop­u­lar sit­com char­ac­ter are you clos­est to?
I think I’m a lit­tle mix of Phil from Modern Family and Castle in Castle.

71. Where’s the beef?
Hopefully still on a cow.

73. What do you con­sid­er to be the great­est inven­tion?
Air.

75. Recommend a book/​play/​musical/​poem/​movie that has changed your life.
One Minute Manger by Ken Blanchard. It is a bril­liant book about man­ag­ing sit­u­a­tions and impacts every­one.

80. Do you know any­one famous?
Why yes I do…what’s it to ya!

82. Red Sox or Yankees?
That would be the Cincinnati Reds!

83. Tenors or bari­tones?
Bari-Tenors.

85. What’s your favorite col­or?
Purple

86. Do you do any impres­sions?
Not any good ones…usually just of peo­ple I know.

89. If you could meet any liv­ing per­son, who would it be?
I would love to meet Cameron Mackintosh. Look him up. If you are in the the­ater, you should know who he is.

90. If you could be a char­ac­ter from fic­tion, who would it be?
Mickey Mouse, hands down.

91. What’s the last piece of live per­for­mance you attend­ed as an audi­ence mem­ber?
I went to see a pro­duc­tion of Floyd Collins (a musi­cal by Adam Guettel) at my old high school.

96. What was your favorite TAP activ­i­ty?
I real­ly love our trips to go and see live the­atre in Austin and around the state. It’s a real­ly fun way to escape camp for a lit­tle bit and do some­thing real­ly enlight­en­ing and won­der­ful as a group.

97. How many 1st cousins do you have?
Seven

98. Are you stub­born?
Unfortunately, yes.

99. Who else is in the room with you?
It’s just me.

100. Which has been your hap­pi­est moment in life?
There have been so many, I can’t pin­point just one.

101. If told that this is your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
With my fam­i­ly and friends cook­ing a great meal and enjoy­ing life.

102. Name one qual­i­ty that you absolute­ly adore in your friends.
When they laugh at my jokes.

103. What makes you laugh?
When a per­son tells a joke that they have no idea is a joke. Being unin­ten­tion­al­ly fun­ny is the fun­ni­est kind of joke.

104. Where do you feel most at home?
At my par­ents house in Austin.

105. Who was/​were your roommate/​s at TAP?
Sean Maddox, Chris Skillern, and Scott Swincher.

106. Hamburger or hot dog?
Hamburger. With cheese.

107. Who has been the biggest influ­ence in your career/​studies?
Ginger Morris, Michael McKelvey, Scott Thompson, Richard Byron, and Walt Disney.

108. Have you talked to a com­plete jerk today?
Nope!

109. What did you do last night?
Did a lit­tle work and went to bed. I had a LONG day.

110. If you could pack up and move would you?
Yes sir!

111. In win­ter, would you rather wear jack­ets or hood­ies?
Honestly, I often sport a hood­ie under a jack­et.

116. What’s the fur­thest you’ve ever trav­eled?
India.

117. Did you enjoy your week­end?
One of the best ever! Mardi Gras!!!

119. What’s the longest you’ve ever spent in a car?
24 hours dri­ving from Las Vegas to Austin.

120. What project are you work­ing on cur­rent­ly?
Once on This Island, TAP 2011, and 

131. With whom have you had the most suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion?
Ginger Morris

132. Where did you go to col­lege?
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)

135. If you could add one ques­tion to “135 Question with…” what would it be?
How would you define art?

Win This Thing: The Musical Theatre History Map

We’ve got a spe­cial treat for you guys: we’re going to give away some of John Howrey’s Musical Theatre History Maps!!

Here’s the sit­u­a­tion…

For previous campers

Sign up two of your friends (and your­self, of course!) for TAP Camp this year, and we’ll send you one of these maps. This only applies to sign-ups from March 9, 2011 through April 22, 2011.

Your friend must put your name into the “How Did You Hear About Us” sec­tion of the reg­is­tra­tion form to be con­sid­ered. But they can sign up for any camp/​major — it doesn’t have to be the same one that you signed up for.

For teachers

Get one of your stu­dents to sign up for TAP Camp this year, and we’ll send you one of these maps. This only applies to sign-ups from March 9, 2011 through April 22, 2011.

Your stu­dent must put your name and school into the “How Did You Hear About Us” sec­tion of the reg­is­tra­tion form to be con­sid­ered.

Further ques­tions? Let us know via the com­ments or here.

Learn more about the Musical Theatre History Map here.

135 Questions with... John Howrey

Welcome to the first issue of “135 Questions with..”!

Every so often we will bom­bard for­mer camper, fac­ul­ty or staff mem­bers with our pile 135 ques­tions. We’ll edit down their respons­es and post them here, pick­ing the best answers. We like to check in with each oth­er every so often and thought you’d enjoy it as well. (btw, wan­na make it 136? Let us know if you wan­na add some ques­tions and we’ll see what we can do…)

John Howrey was the TAP Musical Director for the first four years. He’s com­ing back this year and we thought we should catch up!


1. What is your full name?
John Philip Howrey

2. Where were you born?
Eastland, TX

12. What’s the first thing you remem­ber about TAP?
Sitting in my kitchen with Ginger talk­ing about this new sum­mer camp she was think­ing of start­ing.

14. What was the open­ing num­ber of your first TAP show­case?
“Use What You Got” from The Life. Choreographed by Cory Cruser.

34. When was the last time you laughed real­ly hard?
Watching Modern Family the oth­er night.

62. What are you about to do?
I’ve got some design clients who need atten­tion. But I may just watch TV.

71. Where’s the beef?
[Insert response from Michael Scott.]

75. Recommend a book/​play/​musical/​poem/​movie that has changed your life.
Stephen Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat. What ter­rif­ic insight to his process. And an amaz­ing guide to his work. It’s all I could think about when I was work­ing on Sunfish. So much to learn from him.

82. Red Sox or Yankees?
I don’t watch ten­nis.

83. Tenors or bari­tones?
Baritones, def­i­nite­ly.

91. What’s the last piece of live per­for­mance you attend­ed as an audi­ence mem­ber?
DollHouse by Teresea Rebeck at New Rep.

96. What was your favorite TAP activ­i­ty?
Anything that takes us down to the gorge.

99. Is there any­one with you right now?
My adorable Sweetpea! (See pic­ture)

105. Who was/​were your roommate/​s at TAP?
One year I shared a room with Kevin Archambault. We had a great time. The first order of busi­ness was a trip to Target so we could dec­o­rate. A rug, some soft light­ing… and we were set!

111. In win­ter, would you rather wear jack­ets or hood­ies?
It gets rather cold in Boston, so I gen­er­al­ly wear both.

120. What project are you work­ing on cur­rent­ly?
I’m design the 2011 – 2012 sea­son mate­ri­als from Stoneham Theatre and am gear­ing up for a pro­duc­tion of Bat Boy. After TAP I’ll be direct­ing The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Stoneham Theatre’s Young Company.

131. With whom have you had the most suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion?
Chris Carcione at Stoneham Theatre’s Young Company. We always have a great time, and the shows are spec­tac­u­lar. Doesn’t hurt that we’re work­ing with some pret­ty amaz­ing kids.

Would you like to ask some more ques­tions? Put ‘em in the com­ments below.

Do you have some­one you’d like to know more about? Do you want to run the 135 Questions gaunt­let. Let us know!


Where are they now?

  • Wallis Currie-Wood (TAP 2007 & 2008) is a 1st year stu­dent at The Juilliard School.
  • Travis Brendle (TAP 2004; TAP Staff 2007-08) grad­u­at­ed from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He spent a sum­mer as a Stage Management Intern with Cirque de Soliel in Las Vegas.
  • Kate Erskine (TAP 2004 & 2005) is study­ing at HB Studios in NYC.
  • Kelley Abell (TAP 2004) is study­ing Theatre at Northwestern University.
  • Christian Flemming (TAP 2006) is study­ing Directing at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy.
  • Christina Brennan (TAP 2005) is study­ing Acting at NYU Playwrights Horizon.
  • Brynn Langford (TAP Adv. 2008; TAP Staff 2009) is study­ing Acting at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
  • Taylor Edwards (TAP 2004 & TAP Adv. 2008; TAP Staff 2009) was accept­ed as a BFA Musical Theatre Major with the high­ly com­pet­i­tive pro­gram at Texas State University. Broadway vet­er­an, Kaitlin Hopkins, recent­ly took over the pro­gram.
  • Sarah Jennings (TAP 2007) is study­ing Acting at Texas Christian University and was cast in a pro­duc­tion as a fresh­man.
  • Monique Huff (TAP Adv. 2008; TAP Staff 2009) is study­ing act­ing at Ithaca College.
  • Lindsey Robertson (TAP 2006) is study­ing Theatre at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Grace Sarosdy (TAP 2005) is study­ing Acting at The Univeristy of Southern California.
  • Katie McDowell (TAP 2005 – 2007; TAP Staff 2008 – 2009) is a Radio-Television-Film Major at The University of Texas-Austin.
  • Meghan Wagner (TAP Adv. 2008) is a Freshman Musical Theatre Major at Oklahoma City Univeristy.