grant gustin is on the flash, but before that, he was on GLEE. he was on GLEE with another star, darren criss. darren criss got his start in starkid, playing harry potter in a very potter musical. one of darren criss’s co-workers was carlos valdes, who played the bass and sang and wrote the songs for some of the musicals. carlos valdes was one of the founding members of starkid, and then ended up being cast on the flash. now he works with grant gustin, who worked with darren criss, who worked with carlos valdes, who works with grant gustin
Chapters: 23/23 Fandom: Glee Rating: Mature Relationships: Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel, Kurt Hummel/Other(s), implied past Blaine Anderson/Other(s)
Summary: In a world where Blaine and Kurt never get back together, Blaine goes off to college at the University of Michigan. There, he forms a theater group with his friends, and they become Internet-famous with a musical about Harry Potter. Which is how he comes back into Kurt’s life again.
Written in a series of scenes for the 2013 Klaine Advent challenge.
So I am writing a sequel to this story right now, and since I’m almost done with it, I wanted to take a moment and look back at the original. This post probably falls somewhere in between self-meta and self-pimping ;)
“Encore Performance” is not RPF, even though it sort of looks like it at first glance. And, in fact, it was partially inspired by an RPF, which I normally don’t read. But I’m also a University of Michigan alum (though well before Darren Criss’s time) and when I saw a story set at Michigan, I clicked on it out of nostalgia. And, well, not surprisingly to anyone but a UM alum, there wasn’t anything about it that was Ann Arbor specific.
Right around that same time, Darren Criss’s tour hit Ann Arbor, and suddenly my dash was full of places I knew and loved: Jerusalem Gardens! The Michigan Theater and the Blind Pig! I was halfway to booking a flight just to walk around downtown.
I think it was a picture of Darren Criss in the full Blaine hair-helmet but a Michigan T-shirt that first made me think, what if it was Blaine who’d gone to Michigan? What if, after the breakup, Kurt had never encouraged him to apply to NYADA anyhow, and he went to a great theater program closer to home? And then (because of course I wanted the story to have a happy ending), what if he and his friends put on a show that got them attention on the Internet – enough attention to catch the eye of the ex-boyfriend who won’t admit even to himself that he still loves Blaine?
I started plotting it out, but then I was afraid I would do too much research and turn it into sort of an RPF version of a roman a clef, with the real StarKid members showing up in the story as thinly-disguised versions of themselves. So the Advent challenge was really useful to me, because it was a perpetual ticking clock. I had no time to do research on what really happened, I had no time to get self-conscious, I just had to write. I didn’t even get in most of my favorite Ann Arbor spots (although I did write a scene at Zingerman’s, because why would Inot).
It’s a story about Blaine and Kurt, and how staying broken up changed them both. It’s also, as the-multicorn helped me realize, a story about finding community and the value of making art together. Kurt begins the story disconnected from his friends, his vocation, from his true emotions. He ends… well, I said I wanted a happy ending, didn’t I?
Hey everyone! We’re going back to the place where our story began with a show we’re calling “A Very StarKid Reunion.” This special return to Ann Arbor will be a retrospective on the beginnings of StarKid, featuring music, laughs, and as many members of StarKid as we can gather in one place! Tickets aren’t open to the public yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as they are! And there should be plenty to go around so make your travel plans now!
Where: Ann Arbor, MI When: October 8th 2015 What: Concert/Review with as many StarKids as can make it!
UPDATE: TICKETS ARE NOT ON SALE YET, BUT WE WILL NOTIFY YOU AS SOON AS THEY ARE!
Outside of our work with StarKid, many members of the company are also on teams or in classes at the world famous iO Theater here in Chicago. This is one of the premiere comedy theaters in not just the city, but the whole country! We’re very pleased to announce that we have a short run there this fall!
On Sundays, starting September 6th, we’ll be presenting “Yes, I AM Afraid of the Dark”, a blend of improv and sketch based on the Snick classic. Each week we’ll take a suggestion for an episode title, then create a riveting half-hour of Canadian young adult television before your very eyes!
Cast Includes Jaime Lyn Beatty Denise Donovan Brian Holden Lauren Lopez Pat Rourke Eric Schinzer Meredith Stepien Joe Walker w/ some maybe special guests!!!1 OOOOOOHHOOOooohooooo
Where: iO Theater, The Mission 1501 N. Kingsbury St. Chicago, IL, 60642
Guys!!! Theres only 9 days left to reach the goal of 42,000! Currently theyre at about 31,270 but I still think we can do it! Please donate, like seriously its a musical about spies! How much cooler could it get?
myself and the-perks-of-being-in-wonderland (Emma) have decided that we’re gonna pursue the idea of StarKid performing a play about StarKid but instead of playing themselves, they play each other (even though it’ll never happen)
CAST: Joseph Walker as Lauren Lopez Lauren Lopez as Jim Povolo (on stilts) Brian Holden as Brian Rosenthal Brian Rosenthal as Brian Holden Jim Povolo as Meredith Stepien Dylan Saunders as Joe Walker (I can imagine him bursting into the room w/ blowup muscles and being like “i am joe walker and i am strong”) Chris Allen as Darren Criss Joey Richter as Denise Donovan (i like this idea a lot) Denise Donovan as Nick Strauss Meredith Stepien as Nick Lang Nick Lang as Matt Lang Jeff Blim as Dylan Saunders Tyler Brunsman as Jeff Blim Liam White as Julia Albain Julia Albain as Liam White (so they can have witty banter) Jaime-Lyn Beatty as Joey Richter Corey Dorris as Jaime-Lyn Beatty Matt Lang as Tyler Brunsman Nick Strauss as Corey Dorris Joe Moses as himself (he can be like guys what the fuck are you doing)
DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY INPUT ON THIS? ANY MEMBERS OF STARKID WANNA TAKE ANY RECOGNITION?
Carlos Valdes is an actor and composer. He is known for his role as Cisco Ramon on the CW series The Flash. He also starred as Andrej in the Broadway musical Once. He is also a member of Starkid Productions, having attended the University of Michigan with many other members of Team Starkid. Recently, Carlos sang on the bonus Twisted (musical) EP release.
<b></b> 1. Which production did you watch first?<p/><b></b> 2. Which production did you watch last?<p/><b></b> 3. Favourite musical and why?<p/><b></b> 4. Favourite sketch comedy and why?<p/><b></b> 5. Favourite tour?<p/><b></b> 6. Have you ever seen them live or met them?<p/><b></b> 7. Favourite female member?<p/><b></b> 8. Favourite male member?<p/><b></b> 9. Which did you think was the best in the A Very Potter Trilogy?<p/><b></b> 10. What would you like them to make a parody of?<p/><b></b> 11. What did you think of Little White Lie?<p/><b></b> 12. Which production was your least favourite and why?<p/><b></b> 13. Which member do you think has improved the most?<p/><b></b> 14. Which Trail to Oregon ending did you watch first?<p/><b></b> 15. Top five songs from all productions?<p/><b></b> 16. Top five characters from all productions?<p/><b></b> 17. Name one favourite song from each musical.<p/><b></b> 18. If you could meet one member, who would it be and why?<p/><b></b> 19. What would you say to them?<p/><b></b> 20. Any productions you haven't seen?<p/><b></b> 21. Do you think Darren will ever come back to StarKid?<p/><b></b> 22. How long have you been a part of the fandom?<p/><b></b> 23. Have you read either of Eric Kahn Gale's books?<p/><b></b> 24. Who do you think is the most under-appreciated StarKid?<p/><b></b> 25. Have you watched anything outside of StarKid just because a member was in it?<p/><b></b> 26. Favourite Joey Richter role?<p/><b></b> 27. Favourite Lauren Lopez role?<p/><b></b> 28. Favourite Joe Walker role?<p/><b></b> 29. Do you follow any of the StarKids on Twitter?<p/><b></b> 30. _____ (Another question)<p/></p>
What did Darren do/say that made you cry? Please share!!! Thanks!! :)
lol you ask, and i shall give!
so i had the privilege of going to the Twisted concert in NYC which had people like A.J. Holmes, Jeff Blim, and some other starkid members. Right before the show started, they had someone go up to introduce them. The person I least expected got on stage. And of course it was our one and only Darren Criss! I was having a heart attack and was having trouble breathing because it was Darren fucking Criss!! He was saying how proud he was of all of them and how far all their hard work has brought them. It just really reminded me why I love Starkid and the members of Starkid because of how much support they have for each other and the love between them all.
PLUS THE FACT DAREEN CRISS WAS STANDING A FEW FEET AWAY FROM ME
but yeah, that was the reason my beautiful boy made me cry :’)
me talking about any starkid member:
they are so nice and talented
me talking about Lauren Lopez:
Gaze upon her and discover the marvel of her very being, there she is, absolutely gorgeous, flawless and far better than perfection,even with any possible blemish she is still astounding and stunning, she is captivating and charming yet she is fierce and powerful, she can go from dainty and feminine to tough and masculine in the blink of an eye, and her voice sounds like an angelic choir, you may think im obsessed with her, but I wonder, with her absolute magnificence, who wouldnt.
A friend of mine, Katie, decided that it would be a good idea to send love to members of StarKid, who don’t get enough recognition, from the lovely people of the Facebook StarKid page. We’ve done one person a day and we’ve had some really positive feedback from these sweeties.