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22 Secrets Musical Theatre Actors Will Never Tell You

No, I can't go for a drink. I've got a temp job to get to in the morning.

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5. ...but we're experts at turning Soviet-style dressing rooms into the cosiest corners EVER.

10. That little black-and-white photo in the programme is way more than a casual selfie.

Actually, it's the result of a three-month scientific analysis of our casting bracket, 48 hours shopping for tops, two hours posing in a cold studio, and one week sifting through 352 thumbnail options.

11. Sometimes we go to the gym and just sit in the steam room for an hour.

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The steam helps stop our voices from drying out. But we'll probably still tweet to say we've had the best workout ever.

12. If our backstage track is disrupted, we freak out.

If we don’t pass the exact same person at the exact same time in the exact same place every time we do the show, our control freak sensibilities will kick in and we’ll think something bad is going to happen.

14. Whenever we do our tax returns, we realise we make more money from teaching and temping than acting.

16. We've been known to say our lines really fast to shave 13 vital minutes off a show.


If a cast, band, or crew member has a hot date and needs to get out a few minutes early, we'll do our best to get them there.

17. Thursday is the best night to see a musical.


Saturday night tickets are always most in demand, but by the time we've done eight shows, we're knackered. We have much more energy on a Thursday.

19. We dream of being thrown on for the lead at a moment's notice.

42nd Street

Of course we pretend to be perfectly happy with our current role. And we don't want anyone to hurt themselves. But if they do, we want to save the day even if we've had no rehearsal. Because that's showbiz.

22. But every time the phone rings with a job offer, the feelings of elation flood back.

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We're so happy we could burst! All our insecurities melt away and we can't wait to hit Twitter to start bragging about rehearsals. #Blessed.

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