Our rehearsal time kept getting cut down more and more. And we only had Darren for an hour before the show…
We never saw Darren actually reading the lines, the only thing we had time to do with Darren was walk him through and tell him where to stand in every part, so Darren did a great job!
We kept on lying to people, pretty much, we kept on saying “Oh it’s just gonna be a reading. It’s just gonna be a reading, don’t worry guys…” The more and more we were like “We’re never gonna actually get to do this show,” so we were like “This is our last shot, this is the last time we’re gonna have some of this people, it’s the last time we’re gonna be able to get Darren.” So we just kept on making it bigger and bigger without telling anybody.
Darren thought he was just going to be sitting, reading, until the day of. He got there and we said “Alright, Darren, here’s your costume back. We’ve gotta draw that scar on your head. You’re gonna stand here and here.” And he was like “You guys. You stinkers. I knew you were gonna do this.”
On this day 6 years ago, a bunch of goofy college students performed this weird and funny parody musical for the very first time. Who knew that these crazy crazy kids would become an internet sensation, loved by many all over the world?
Team Starkid has done so much! 2 concert tours, 2 sketch shows, 9 musicals and tons of conventions. They’ve given us a way to enjoy musical theatre from our homes, sometimes for free (who does that?? crazy kids, how we love you), they brought us together, they are the reason I, personally, have met most of my friends.
Words cannot describe how proud I am of everything they have achieved in 6 years and I can’t wait to see where this road will take us next. Lead the way, Starkid! We will always support you and have your back.
That probably was my favourite thing that Darren used to do. The thing that I think he does the best, is write music. He’s like an absolute genius. He’s the best. And in college he would always sit around with his guitar. Darren was like an awkward guy. At party’s and stuff, and he doesn’t really talk to people, so he plays his guitar. And Darren would just constantly be making up songs about people were in the room with him. And when I lived with Darren, he had a piano set up and I would just making spaghetti and Darren would sing a song going: Nick’s making spaghetti. Just making up songs and that was a great thing.
Darren thought he was just going to be sitting, reading, until the day of. He got there and we said “Alright Darren, here’s your costume back. We’ve gotta draw that scar on your head. You’re gonna stand here and here.” And he was like “You guys. You stinkers. I knew you were gonna do this.”
Nick Lang, on A Very Potter Senior Year changing from a staged reading to an (almost) actual show (x)