Age 12. Role: Louisa, 13.
How does this Westchester, N. Y., performer stay healthy through winter and spring on buses, planes and in hotels?
“I use the neti pot,” Stephanie says of the nasal irrigation system that, for some people, takes nerve to use. (Go ahead. Pour a pint of saline water up your nose.) “I was scared. But it works so well, and that’s the reason I haven’t missed a show yet. I also gargle.”
Basketball and softball are on hold for the athletic Stephanie while she tours. Performance-wise, she was ready for the road, but she says, “it gets tricky with homework. We have a shorter amount of time than the kids back home, but we have to do the same amount of work. By the time we get back to school, we have to be ready to go to the next grade. Sometimes it’s stressful.”
Getting everything right onstage “takes a long time,” she says. In “The Lonely Goatherd,” “simply moving that bed — you guys think we’re just moving a bed. That took like five rehearsals to get it perfectly moved to a perfect spot.” Still, she says, “the kids actually have fun. Especially ‘Goatherd.’ It’s not even like it’s a job.”
It is a job, and the kind she’d like to keep pursuing on stage and screen. “I want to keep it up until I guess I get bored with it,” Stephanie says. “As of now, I want to keep going, because it’s really fun.”