Behind the scenes with the girls of 'Jersey Boys'

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by Kelsey Starks

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 7:01 PM

(WHAS11) -- In "Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, walking like a man is easy when you compare it to walking in the ladies’ shoes.  In the production that’s now playing the Kentucky Center for the Arts, three women play every female part in the show.

Rachel Schur, Natalie Gallo and Kaleigh Cronin collectively play 52 roles in the traveling Broadway show.  That means a lot of costume changes.

“Some of the changes are close to 20 seconds,” Schur said.  “Some closer to 10 seconds!  You completely turn into a new character during that time.  It’s always exciting backstage.”

They don’t do it alone.  With the help of some very dedicated helpers, backstage is a buzz while the show goes on just a few feet away.  Wigmasters and dressers swarm the girls between each number in what’s called the “quick-change area” and it lives up to its name.

“We’ll run in, they strip us off and change us in seconds,” Cronin said.  “And it’s not only changing a dress, skirt or blouse.  It’s changing into a new set of jewelry, new shoes, a new wig for almost every change.”

The process is organized and streamlined with shoe buckles minus the buckles and jewelry without the clasps.  But to change in 10 seconds flat, you’ve got to have more than those tricks up your sleeves.

“In the backseat of the car during ‘My Boyfriend’s Back,’ what you don’t see is that I’m already taking off this dress,” Gallo told WHAS11 as she showed off her purple sparkly dress and matching shoes.  “The zipper is undone and I take off my shoes before I even run off stage.”

She’s got to be back on stage as Frankie Valli’s wife, Mary, in ten seconds.  The transformation happens in the quick-change booth just feet from the wings and the stage.  No one in the audience even knows it until just three ladies show up on stage for the finale. 

“The audience is just shocked to see only three women,” Gallow said.  “They’re like wait, what? There’s only three of you?”

The Jersey Boys is now playing at the Kentucky Center through December 2.  Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com.
 

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