Missy Thompson & Paige Robinson: On the Marquee
Photos of dancers Missy Thompson and Paige Robinson have been in all the ads and signage for this weekend's performances of Women Sublime at Indiana Repertory Theatre. We thought we'd do a Q & A with them, so you can learn more about these two talented, beautiful women. If you're reading this before October 20, get tickets to see them in Women Sublime here.
Q: What was your first reaction when you saw this marquee at Indiana Repertorie Theatre?
Missy (M): I think it’s pretty awesome! It’s definitely a career milestone for me, and such an honor to represent the company in that way.
Paige (P): It’s really weird to see myself larger than life, literally. I love the picture and think it looks beautiful but definitely weird to see myself up there.
Q: What does it feel like to see your photos all over town in ads for the show? Have friends or family contacted you after seeing the ads?
M: It’s a pretty cool feeling, seeing yourself in ads and on posters, but it also adds a feeling of responsibility to the company and to the integrity of the show as a whole. This show has some pretty serious content that tackles some very important issues. I feel humbled to be a part of this, and I know my family is proud.
P: I had a student come up and tell me she saw me in the mailer and in her mom's email. The look on her face was pretty priceless. My students are some of my favorite fans.
Q: Now on to the more important questions. Cats or dogs?
M: Dogs! Cats and kittens are cute, but I have always been a dog person. I love how loyal they are and what great companions they make.
P: Cats! I have two right now named Ellie and Maya.
Q: What are you reading right now?
M: I enjoy reading, but I pretty much stick to my favorites that I read over and over such as Jane Austen novels and classics like "Breakfast at Tiffany’s."
P: I love to read. I just finished reading "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng. Now I’m reading "The Goldfinch."
Q: Are you superstitious?
M: I’m not superstitious. I’ve never really gotten into that.
P: Not particularly but before shows I have some habits and rituals.
Q: At the theater, what do you do 30 minutes before a show begins?
M: I’m usually finishing up my hair and makeup and keeping my body warm backstage. I don’t have any habits or rituals that I do—I like to keep my mind in the moment and be prepared for anything that could happen in the show.
P: When we get our half hour call, I like to be almost done with my hair and makeup. I always put my costume on first then my lipstick. Once I get up to the stage I have a few things I have to do physically before every show, some of which warm me up and some of which just center my mind. I always have my headphones in and I have a pre show playlist I listen to. I don’t like to talk to people, I need to be alone to focus.
Q: Do you get nervous? What do you do to stay calm before the curtain goes up?
M: Sometimes I get butterflies just before the curtain opens, but once I’m onstage those go away. I love to get lost in the moment onstage. There is a beautiful energy and freedom in performance that you can’t experience anywhere else. If I had to call it anything, I would say I get a rush of excitement.
P: Of course I get nervous. I get less nervous the more experience I’ve had but I have a trick. My figure skating coach told me to take deep breaths and to breathe all of my nerves and anxiety into the audience, towards my mom specifically, so that she would hold all my nerves till I was done. I think of that and take big deep breaths before every show.