Olga Karmansky talks handstands, New York, and the everyday routine of Broadway.
What were your favourite and least favourite rhythmic apparatus? Favourite and least favourite costume?
As a gymnast, I was too superstitious to pick favorites!
Favourite routine that you competed?
Can’t pick one!
How long can you hold a handstand?
Cronuts – yes or no?
Still waiting to have one!
Puppies, kittens or unicorns?
Coolest celeb who’s come to see Pippin?
Don Cheadle all the way.
Name your 3 favourite spots to hangout at in NYC.
Sheep’s meadow, the Jane Hotel and my apartment in Union Square.
What’s your pre-show warmup routine/ritual?
I workout during the day so I am usually warmed up before I get to the theater.
45 minutes before show: Arrive at theater
40 minutes before show: Wig appointment.
30 minutes before show: Go on stage and see what everyone is up to and maybe spot a few forearm stands for my castmate Molly Tynes.
20 minutes before show: Begin makeup
5 minutes before show: Stretch out my splits, oversplits, backbends. Do a scorpion and a handstand and I am ready!
What’s on your playlist at the moment?
Gooey by Glass Animals
Don’t wait by Mapei
Smile by Portugal The Man
Forever Dolphin Love by Connan Mockasin
Gabriel by Joe Goddard
Drop the Game by Flume
Easy by Son Lux
Take Me to Church by Hozier
and always anything by the XX, Lorde
If you could be anyone for one day, who would it be?
Tina Fey, Jhumpa Lahiri, Lorde
Olga is raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a non-profit organization that provides medical, financial and mental support to AIDS patients and their families, by participating in their annual Broadway Bares fundraiser. You can donate to Olga’s cause here.
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