Katie Travis is an acclaimed actress and star of Cameron Mackintosh’s celebrated new production of "Phantom of the Opera," which arrives in Little Rock this month. During the tour, Katie will perform almost constantly for eight months, sometimes twice a day, and cover 13 cities. She shares with us what her typical days are like on the road.
When I’m doing a two-a-day show (matinee and evening performance) I wake up around 10:00 a.m. and have breakfast and coffee. I love coffee; my favorite is from Starbucks. I love dark roast coffee with almond milk. I try to cut out dairy because it can swell your vocal cords. I live right next to a coffee shop, so when I’m home, I get one every morning then come home, warm up and then go work out for about 30 minutes running.
I head to the theater and do a vocal and physical warm up. I also do a meditation in the dressing room. People will often pop in, like friends, music director, stage manager.
The wig supervisor comes in and does my wig. I gradually do my makeup before that, about an hour and a half before the show.
About five minutes before a show at 2 p.m. I put my costume on. The stage manager then calls places, and then we go and do the show.
I have usually one 10-minute break during the show, so I usually go to the bathroom. There is one intermission, and I usually go and chill.
After the show, I usually try to keep quiet and calm to preserve my voice. If I go to lunch or dinner, I usually get Thai food, or if I don’t go out, I listen to music and veg out and keep quiet.
Then I do it all again. I usually take a nap between the shows then drink coffee and do a little dance party in my room.
The second show then starts.
After the show I usually drink tea with whiskey and watch TV and go to bed. That is a normal two-night show. On our days off, we usually site see and go see art shows or museums, and my best shows are when I have been quiet and don’t talk all day.
“If I wasn’t an actor, I would be some type of social worker or specifically do some type of work with ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation. But as a child, I did dream of being an actor and traveling the world.”