Julie Stevens (no login) Posted Dec 24, 2008 3:31 PM
Thanks for the question, Laura. I believe the first time I ever met Andrea was when I was asked by our voice teacher, Russ Faith, so sing back-up for her at some of her concerts. He asked several of his students at the time, who had all been in "Annie," to form a sort of orphan troupe. I remember we had to go out and put together orphan costumes, which my mom and I found pretty challenging. I think I was 10 or 11 at the time. I was a huge fan of Andrea and loved hearing her sing. Russ had a gigantic black and white photo of Andrea in his studio so whenever I took a lesson with him, she was always there watching and listening. I don't remember exactly how I felt the first time I met her, but I do know that it was a special moment for me (and I'm guessing the other girls as well).