My name is Jessica Vaughn from Concord NH and I play Whatsername in American Idiot. The theatre bug caught up with me after 5 years of melting faces with a band and really, come on now: what a great transition to dive back in, it’s a killer punk show. My first Actorsingers show was Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary) and I was also a pussy in Cats (Demeter). In addition, I have performed with the Palace Theatre, Stagecoach Productions, Majestic, and Ghostlight to name a few. Great experiences with all of them!
With all the amazing talent, I fully expected callbacks to happen so when I received a congratulatory Facebook message from a cast member the morning after the 2nd round of auditions, I was confused and half asleep. I checked the website, did a double take, screamed with excitement, and woke my hubby up. It was kind of hilarious.
It’s funny; I connect with Whatsername more than any of the other characters I have played. I AM her (well, minus the heroin use). I see a lot of similar traits: she likes bands/thrives for music with passion, she is a little spitfire who screams for revolution, she’s flirtatious, confident, wants to take on the world, gives in to some things she shouldn’t as she’s only human but she has a good head on her shoulders. Because of this, she knows when something is toxic and distances herself if she needs to. She seems edgy on the outside but has a good heart.
This show is a far cry from my first theatre experience I was a mouse in Peter Rabbit at the age of four. My only line was ‘uh huh’ but damn, did I kill that performance. I experience a sense of community, support, and networking like no other when I do theater. Some of my best friends are ones that I met during Jesus Christ Superstar so I’m thankful for theatre because it gives me an opportunity to express myself while making lifelong friends and memories.
When not in the theatre, I work database and excel geek stuff at St. Paul’s School and in the evenings, I make music and perform in the other side of the performing realm: the rock/band world.
Show Dates Aug 28, 29, 30 and Sept 3, 4, 5 Tickets available here
Photography by: Stephanie Pappas Photography