Cory Woomert & Michelle Anaya Starring in Manatee Players' Production of Titanic the Musical

Cory Woomert & Michelle Anaya Starring in Manatee Players' Production of Titanic the Musical

Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, TITANIC-The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own. All innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the Second Class imagine they too can join the lifestyles of the rich and famous, whilst the millionaire Barons of the First Class anticipate legacies lasting forever. 

See this show playing at the Manatee Performing Arts Center April 28 through May 15.

Join cast members Cory Woomert and Michelle Anaya as they tell us about this wonderful production, their characters in the show, some behind the scene tidbits, and which is their preference, opening night or closing night! Come along and join the show!

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Robyn Bell: The Manatee Players are putting on an extra special treat for us from April 28th to May 15th. It is directed and choreographed by producing artistic director, Rick Kerby with musical direction. Rick Bogner and it is Titanic the musical, this show finally arrives at the Manatee Performing Arts Center after being on hold for two years, due to the pandemic with many of the originally cast performers, enthusiastically jumping back on board to bring this production to life. And with us today are two of those actors, Michelle Anaya, who is playing second class passenger, Caroline Clark and Cory Woomert performing the role of the ships, builder and architect, Thomas Andrews. So Michelle and Cory, welcome to the club.

So, Michelle, I know you have a bachelor's of music degree in vocal performance from Kent State, and you've played some great roles and musicals such as Spamalot Pirates of Penzance, the Mystery of Edwin Drood, which we did here at SCF last fall and Guys and Dolls, one of my favorites, many, many more, but tell us about your life and what brought you to musical theater.

Michelle Anaya: I've always loved musical theater, so that's always been something I've, I've really enjoyed for a long time. So, , when I came down here, I actually, I, I didn't have a voice teacher down here. I got away from singing. And so when I finally did find two wonderful voice teachers, I decided to get back into auditions and I heard about. I believe it was Les Mis over at Manatee Performing Arts Center. So I auditioned for that and I've just been enjoying myself ever since.

Robyn Bell: And do you, do you have a, like a real job outside of performing?

Michelle Anaya: Do I am a product manager for US Bank?

Robyn Bell: What does that mean?

Michelle Anaya: It means a lot of different things, but right now I manage certifications for a payment processing gateway. .

Robyn Bell: Interesting. That's your day job and performer by night.

Michelle Anaya: Yes.

Robyn Bell: Singer dancer, actor. Really? Really cool. And Cory, you are not only a musical theater freak. Like everybody that comes in here, Cory Woomert has somehow associated with their production, but you also have this thriving hair salon business. So, gosh, Cory, what's your story.

Cory Woomert: Okay. So, um, I started performing in middle school really.

Robyn Bell: Are you from this area?

Cory Woomert: Yes. Born and raised in Sarasota.

Robyn Bell: Where'd you go to middle school?

Cory Woomert: I went to Sarasota Christian, actually kindergarten all the way through high school. They did not have a thriving theater program there. But I ended up here at SCF back when it was Manatee community college, in the theater department, Ken Erickson was in charge of it at that point. So, these hallowed halls are very familiar, although it looks different,

Robyn Bell: very different.

Cory Woomert: That was 2000 2001. So that's how I got my start really actually performing in real, legitimate,, men, what I would consider professional looking theater.

Robyn Bell: And with Ken Erickson and our theater program, it wasn't musicals. Was it, was it just

Cory Woomert: all straight place?

Robyn Bell: Yeah.

Cory Woomert: My wife and I met here actually on this campus and, we started performing together. We did several plays together here, and then we got married. And then we had kids and I took a break from performing for a good 10 years

Robyn Bell: hard with kids because every night you're out until 10 o'clock rehearsing or performing is hard.

Cory Woomert: Exactly. So that's why I kind of took a break from it. But then as my oldest started to grow to love theater himself, he started auditioning for community theater and I was like, I remember that I missed that. Right. So a Manatee Players that actually announced that they were doing auditions for, Into the Woods and had never done a musical before. And so I was like, I'm going to do it. I'm an audition. So I auditioned, I did get casts and, uh, I was the steward, the princess steward. And, Michelle was also in that show with me. So that's how we met. And then actually my son ended up getting cast in that production as the narrator. So that was our, my first musical was also the first show I did with my son and I have two boys now. Musical theater. Now my youngest is in Titanic with us. It's a family.

Robyn Bell: And so you two have worked many other shows together along the last, how many years have you been working together?

Michelle Anaya: Ever since into the woods.

Robyn Bell: So eight years. And so what all have you done?

Cory Woomert: Okay. A Little Night Music we did. Um, Assassins was one of our favorites we did together, or at least mine, um, two years ago or three years ago in 2019. I had the. Pleasure of directing, Gray Gardens, the musical, and Michelle was my little ed and she was phenomenal. So I, we loved working in that capacity together as well. So

Michelle Anaya: it was so much fun. It was.

Robyn Bell: And how cool is it for you? I mean, just hearing your story, you took a break, he get back into it. You're not only performing, but here you just said you directed a show. Cory, how do we jump from this to that?

Cory Woomert: Well, that was a campaign that I ran. The second I heard that, uh, Rick Kerby was producing that at Manatee. And so I

Robyn Bell: had you ever directed anything?

Cory Woomert: No, but I'd always wanted to. And Gray Gardens specifically was a story that. Been fascinated by since, probably my college days when I first saw the documentary and then it became a musical in 2007, and so I immediately messaged Rick. I, want to direct this. Here's why. And I listed all these things. That's, I've been obsessed with it. I know the show backwards and forwards, please. Thank God. Let me,

Robyn Bell: and let's just interject here that really only in the community theater world could something like this happen, where you could contact the artistic director and say, Hey, I want to direct, and I have no experience in it. And he goes, have at it. I mean, it's truly amazing,

Cory Woomert: right? Well, I think fortunately Rick and I had worked together quite a few times doing shows. I mean, he was director and I was the actor, but I think he saw that I had it in

Robyn Bell: me. And how many shows have you directed since

Cory Woomert: that's the one because COVID hits shortly after. So

Robyn Bell: we don't talk about things like COVID on the podcast.

Michelle Anaya: Oh. And he was wonderful. I was a little, you never know how it's going to work when your friend is suddenly your director. And is that going to be awkward? I've never worked with him as a director and it was an absolute dream. So. provided guidance and he listened and we could have interaction feedback between the two of us. It was such an amazing experience all around.

Robyn Bell: And you know, when you have a true leader, when he's not, someone's not directing you, but it's collaboration.

Michelle Anaya: Yes, absolutely. A collaboration.

Robyn Bell: I feel the same way as a music director, you know, maybe at the start you got to really kind of be a leader, but by the end, I'm just a part of what is going on. And we're, we're just one big collaboration

Cory Woomert: and there's something. When you go from being an actor into the shoes of the director, you have the perspective of the actors and you know, what is important from an actor's perspective to hear from a director. So I always like. That feedback. I always like an open dialogue when I'm working with the director to be able to go to them and say, how, would you feel about this? Or would this work for you? And can we try something?

Robyn Bell: I have both of you, your experience here in your adult life been mostly a Manatee, Performing Arts.

Cory Woomert: Yes.

Robyn Bell: Yes.

Michelle Anaya: Yeah, , between Manatee and Francis Wilson Playhouse and Clearwater is another, theater that I love to work with and the Players of Sarasota.

Robyn Bell: Okay. Really cool. So it, and that's the other thing we talk about too, is. If you want to be in this business, there's so many opportunities in this area it's on believable, really? The opportunities.

Michelle Anaya: I couldn't believe it when I came down here because where, I'm from in Ohio, it's the Cleveland area, but we didn't have anything like this. And so when I came down here, I was amazed by the number of community theaters, the, the caliber of the performances, the performers, and the musicians and the. The cast, the crew, everyone couldn't believe it looks professional. Most of the time I was so impressed with it. And even the young people here, I couldn't believe the talent. The youngest people have. So I always choke, I moved down here and I started seeing these wonderful performances. Is there something in the water down here? I just I'm astounded by some of these young

Robyn Bell: kids. It's a pocket.

Cory Woomert: Yeah. Yeah. I think it's exposure to like when you expose young people to that level of professional talent,

Robyn Bell: Yes, I totally totally agree. We're very fortunate. And I love the Manatee Players in the Sarasota Players and even, you know, Anna Maria Island has their players and everywhere you go, there's somebody doing something theater project. The heater project. Totally, totally. So let's shift because you're here for a specific purpose. Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, so there's, there's no surprise ending. , and most people have probably seen the movie with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, but it's important. I think, to designate the difference between the movie and the musical that the Manatee Players is performing. So Cory tell us the storyline of the musical and how it differs from the movie.

Cory Woomert: Well, I would say other than the ship striking an iceberg and it sinking it's. Completely different,

Robyn Bell: completely different. We're not going to go to this performance and see the same story as the movie.

Cory Woomert: No, there is no Jack and rose. There is no heart of the ocean, none of that. So this is strictly a telling the stories of real life passengers that were on the Titanic. Some are combinations of stories. So they'll take two or three stories and combine it into one character. But for the most part, all the named characters, they're all. Real people that were on the ship. Yeah. And it talks about the, sort of the dichotomy of. The first-class versus the third class, you know, you had the first class talking about, the steel industry and what a remarkable age we live in. And then you have the third class passengers who are dreaming of a new life and coming to America to chase after those dreams.

Robyn Bell: And then in the middle, you have those second class passengers as well. Right? That is you, Michelle. Yeah. So tell us about your.

Michelle Anaya: , I play Caroline. She was actually a real character, but it's just very loosely, loosely based. So, the real Caroline was not first class coming into second class, but for the musicals, she is former first-class who is running away with her fiance who is in second class to go get married in America. So it's her first time traveling as a second class. And she's perfectly fine with that. She's in love with her husband with, with Charles or her soon to be husband, right. There may be somebody on this ship that recognizes her and

Robyn Bell: they're were in the wrong class lady.

Michelle Anaya: And she may have been caught a little bit, but it's, it's truly a love story. Between the two of them.

Robyn Bell: And you portray that love story in this show. Start to finish. Very nice. And Cory, what about your character? Tell us about Thomas Andrews and how his story fits into this musical.

Cory Woomert: Thomas Andrews was the ship's architect and builder. In this particular story, I think. The audience will have a lot of compassion for, Thomas Andrews. He was always kind of deemed the hero, even though he really was partly responsible for the ship sinking. There were a lot of design flaws, some of which were. His doing alone, some of which were coming from directions from above. So people saying things like get rid of the lifeboats, we don't need 54 lifeboats. Oh yeah. The deck, the deck is going to look too cluttered if we do that. So let's just get rid of half of them. So that was all. People from above telling him to do those things, but there were other design flaws that caused the ship to sink.

Robyn Bell: And your story is run throughout the musical.

Cory Woomert: It is, more so towards the second act, the first act, we're just kind of establishing more the, different classes for second and third class telling more of their stories. Once. The ship strikes the iceberg, which is at the end of act one. Then we see a lot more of Andrews. Who's kind of coming to terms with what's going on. Yeah. You know, he's the one that lets everybody know this ship is going to sink. And then towards the end of the second act, he sings a song. Called Mr. Andrew's vision. And it's him describing sort of the final moments of the ship going down and how those classes no longer matter for second or third class, it doesn't matter anymore. Everybody it's humanity.

Robyn Bell: Yes. I'm going to say that is the overarching story line of this show. It doesn't matter if you're first, second or third class, we all end up in the same place. Yeah,

Cory Woomert: we think about at that time, like, There were no real celebrities back in that day, because there were no movies and musical stars, the wealthy people were the celebrities that's who the newspapers wrote about. So when you have people like John, Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim and the Strauss' who were all on that ship and all perished, like that was big news for its day. So.

Robyn Bell: Scary stuff, but this is what makes the story of the Titanic and what a great idea, because they didn't really come up with this idea for the musical until they found the wreckage. And someone said, Hey, we should create a musical. There's gotta be some wonderful storylines here. So I'm really anxious to see this and see how you guys are portraying this. Now the musical first opened on Broadway in 1997 and it won five Tony awards, including best musical that year. It ran for 804 performances. Are you doing that many at the Manatee Performing? No, I'm kidding.

Michelle Anaya: I wouldn't mind.

Robyn Bell: Yeah, but you know, Often produced by community theaters due to the tremendous cost and sort of the scale. So Michelle, tell us about the set and the scenic design that we'll see in the Manatee Performing Arts Center stage.

Michelle Anaya: So there's a lot of shifting that goes on. Thank goodness. We have an amazing crew backstage managing all of this, all of the constant shifting and, there's a lot of panels that come down. Projections that instantly, or almost instantly create a new room and new sections of the ships. You can see what's going on. And then what I was excited about is how are they going to portray the sinking? So I don't want to give too much away, but I know

Robyn Bell: you guys, you never, you never give us the good stuff. We have to go and come see it. I love that.

Michelle Anaya: But Cory gets to enjoy that moment

Robyn Bell: because it's like watching your baby go down.

Cory Woomert: Yeah. So I'm the only one you actually get to see die

Robyn Bell: really

Cory Woomert: well, sort of. Yeah.

Michelle Anaya: It's a beautiful song. I think it's going to really get a lot of people. Yeah.

Robyn Bell: Yeah. I bet. Is there a dancing, is there a fight scene? Is there, can we, what, what are we going to see here?

Cory Woomert: And one only dancing in the show and it's a ragtime number and it's before obviously the ship is sinking

Robyn Bell: and that would have been very much what of what the music on the Titanic would have been. Yeah,

Cory Woomert: right. That was sort of the new music of the era was rag time. So there's a ragtime number, choreographed by Rick Kerby who was also the director choreographer. He loves to create beautiful pictures. So, there are staircase units that we use to create levels. , and then those projection panels run both horizontally and vertically so they can create different pictures by masking. What. We don't want you to see how neat,

Robyn Bell: how neat. Now what about the costumes? Are you all dressed in kind of period attire?

Cory Woomert: We are, yeah.

Robyn Bell: You don't have to wear a corset. Michelle, do you?

Michelle Anaya: Yes.

Robyn Bell: Dang it. I didn't sign up for this. No kidding. Did they make these costumes for you? Or is this something that you guys had.

Cory Woomert: I think most of it we had in stock. Um, Karen is our new resident, costume designer. She came in about two weeks ago and pulled this whole thing together. She was moving. From, I believe Ohio. And she was able to put the whole show together in a matter of like two weeks.

Robyn Bell: That's amazing.

Cory Woomert: Pretty remarkable.

Michelle Anaya: I still can't believe it. It's,

Robyn Bell: it's one of my favorite things about going to see theaters, the costuming.

Michelle Anaya: The costumes and the sets. And you know, you don't get to see that you don't get to see that in real life. You don't get to see these gorgeous costumes in real life. So not that I'd want to wear them every day, but it's,

Robyn Bell: it's fun though. They'd get dressed up and I think it always, you know, you're rehearsing or you're acting and you're singing, but once you get it all up, everybody's game goes up. You find that. Yeah, totally. Now, Cory. Being a very fine hairdresser. Do you get called on a lot in the area to maybe make wigs for certain costumes and shows?

Cory Woomert: , I did do a few a helped out with a few. I wasn't formally. Asked to do wigs, but a few of the cast members asked me to fluff their personal wigs that they brought from home. So, um,

Robyn Bell: for this show,

Cory Woomert: for this show. Yeah. So he did a few of them and, but yeah, I've done other wigs. I did most recently, Hedwig and the Angry Inch with, Dingbat Theater Project. I did all of their wigs. Yeah. That was fun. Cause there was, it was a little bit out of my. Normal, what I get to do well, that

Robyn Bell: shows a little bit out of normal. So he

Cory Woomert: correct, but it was a fabulous production. So they, yeah, they had asked me to do all the weeks for that.

Robyn Bell: Now, besides the two of you, it's quite a large cast, right? So how many other characters, how many other people are involved in this?

Cory Woomert: I think I want to say about 25, maybe. I don't know an exact number. Not really counted, but every month,

Robyn Bell: but once it gets to a point you lose count. Yes.

Cory Woomert: There's a lot of, and everyone is playing multiple roles with the exception of myself and the actor playing captain Smith. Everyone else. Changes from first-class to third class and, and they're going crazy backstage with these costume changes. I, I stand back and I just want to be out of the way, cause there's clothes flying and wigs flying. So I just kind of stand back. Do you need me to do a zipper and help with that? But like for the most part, just steer clear,

Robyn Bell: uh, probably 25 or more people involved.

Cory Woomert: Oh yeah.

Robyn Bell: Wow.

Cory Woomert: Plus we have a crew. A people, I think, backstage pulling rails and moving those panels and moving the set pieces,

Michelle Anaya: well oiled machine. And they're amazing back there. There's so much that they have to think of. So yeah.

Robyn Bell: Now Cory, you had mentioned earlier about COVID any issues with COVID in this production of the show. The only reason I say last night, the Asolo had to cancel their show, their performance. So, so, you know, we're still dealing with it. Any of that?

Cory Woomert: No, cOVID good.

Michelle Anaya: Yeah. Rehearsal. I, I, I got it. Cause I missed the first two weeks of rehearsal. I'd been so careful. I fortunately get to work from home, but in the end I got it from my boyfriend who had to go into work. lunch with, coworkers. And I think that's what I

Robyn Bell: was listening to a podcast on the way to work this morning. And, you know, they just said, look, everybody's going to catch it every, even though we are,

Michelle Anaya: um, I was determined. I was not going to be on that list, but

Robyn Bell: it's like this badge of honor, I say I haven't had it, but. And I haven't been tested. I mean, we could all have it right now. We don't even know. Oh, mean nasty COVID. Yeah. Let me just say that. As the instrumental musician here in this room, I am very excited to see that we have a live orchestra music for this production. Tell us about the music director. And then talk to me about this pit orchestra and how maybe when they came in, you've been rehearsing with them. It changes everything. Doesn't it?

Cory Woomert: Absolutely. Yeah.

Robyn Bell: So who's the music director,

Michelle Anaya: Rick Bogner director.

Robyn Bell: Have you worked with him before

Michelle Anaya: multiple times? Yes. Yes, he's, he's fantastic. He's an absolute pleasure to work with. So when I heard he was music director, I was very happy about that.

Cory Woomert: Well, speaking of COVID, we were supposed to do this show two years ago in April of 2020. And of course it got shut down. So we're back now. But Rick was there from the beginning. And so he came in again, and he's, one of the best music directors in this area. And we love working with him.

Robyn Bell: And how many people are in the orchestra. Do you know?

Cory Woomert: There was a percussionist. There is us two keyboards, Rick plays one, and then there's a second keyboardist. And then we have, I think three string.

Robyn Bell: I know there's a bass player because he plays in my

Cory Woomert: four strings in the orchestra, so. Okay. Yeah.

Robyn Bell: And let's talk about the music. So you've already mentioned your big song that you have. What are some other tunes that you really like? You wake up in the middle of the night? It's humming

Michelle Anaya: Blame, Blame. I think every, it was, for some reason at every show, there was one or two songs that I wake up with thinking of in the morning. And there they're always songs that I love. And the Blame is. One that sticks in my head. Andrew's vision is, is the other one. It's, it's a beautiful, beautiful song. It's so textured and emotional and Cory plays it beautifully. You could see every expression on his face. You can see his thoughts and it's just, kind of heart-wrenching.

Robyn Bell: Yeah. Yeah. How about you, Cory? You have some favorite songs.

Cory Woomert: The Blame is definitely one of them. That's that's a song between Mr. Andrews. Mr. Is may and captain Smith where they're all sort of. Determining whose fault this whole thing is.

Robyn Bell: Cause we've got to lay blame. We're all going to die. Who's at fault.

Cory Woomert: All of them are yes, there, there was no single person that that was to blame. But, I think there's a song called Autumn that I think is just really beautiful you know, three, four time.

Robyn Bell: Nice waltz.

Cory Woomert: Beautiful. So,

Michelle Anaya: and Ladies Maid, I think Ladies Maid as the other one, just because, it's all the third class and their dreams and their hopes. And everybody knows what the outcome's going to be, it's like beautiful and inspiring and tragic at the same time, because you know, what's what soon to come and yeah. What happens to third class as they're the ones that are most, poorly treated when it comes to the lifeboats and people being locked down there.

Robyn Bell: It's a real humanitarian story in that I'm excited to see the production that the Manatee Players is doing with this and, and to express this, it's just an important concept. We only we can use art to get the cross, you know? Yeah. I like that. Okay. Well, I have some quick, rapid fire questions for you. Cool. All right. Michelle opening night or closing night.

Michelle Anaya: Opening night,

Robyn Bell: Cory

Cory Woomert: opening night.

Robyn Bell: Yeah. You liked that excitement. How's this going to go see? I'm more like it's all over. Let's get to the party at there. There. Yeah. No,

Cory Woomert: it depends on the show.

Robyn Bell: Good answer.

Cory Woomert: Mean it's one I'm ready to get over with then mostly pleasing.

Michelle Anaya: I love, I just go, oh, this is the last time. Enjoy every moment of it. Yeah.

Robyn Bell: Yeah, that's true. There's some that we're ready to move on. Yeah. Okay. Cory, a cruise ship or a sailboat?

Cory Woomert: No, either

Robyn Bell: Michelle

Michelle Anaya: sailboat.

Cory Woomert: I don't do water.

Robyn Bell: You're in the show, the Titanic. Then you have to do some research on this

Cory Woomert: or you see on my face.

Michelle Anaya: I love the water. My parents my dad had a boat when we were younger, when I was a toddler and they have to strap a rope around my chest because I just wanted to jump into lake Erie. They could not keep me in the boat.

Robyn Bell: Wow. Well, you've moved to the great, the best place in the world for that.

Michelle Anaya: That is why I moved here.

Robyn Bell: I've actually never been on a sailboat. There's some people that they say, oh, they keep inviting me, but that they. Yeah, you can't plan ahead because you don't know if there's going to be enough wind. And with my schedule, I have to have a planned ahead, unfortunately, but I hope to one day. Yeah. Okay. Michelle, third class, second class or first class.

Michelle Anaya: Oh, that depends. We're talking about the Titanic first class. Definitely

Robyn Bell: Cory?

Cory Woomert: I am a first-class kind of guy. Sorry,

Robyn Bell: but it's, there's nothing wrong with getting, down and dirty and the third class that's true. Okay. Community theater or professional theater. Cory.

Cory Woomert: I know. I mean,

Robyn Bell: they both have their pros and cons.

Cory Woomert: I like money. So I would love professional, but I mean, we have some of the best community theater in the world. So

Robyn Bell: Michelle,

Michelle Anaya: I would love to do professional theater, but I've never done it. So I'd have to say community theater.

Robyn Bell: Yes. What about as a patron? Would you go and appreciate a community theater performance more since you do it than you would a professional theater performance?

Michelle Anaya: Oh, I.

Cory Woomert: I think both have their,

Robyn Bell: I know whether they let nobody said this is going to be easy. No,

Michelle Anaya: but I think you do appreciate it more because you know what goes on behind it and you know, these are volunteers. And so when you see an amazing production, especially in

Robyn Bell: appreciation level,

Michelle Anaya: like, wow, these, these people are purely volunteers. This is amazing. Yeah.

Robyn Bell: Yep. I agree. Okay. Titanic, the musical or Titanic, the movie, Michelle.

Michelle Anaya: Titanic the musical.

Cory Woomert: Yes. I agree.

Robyn Bell: You don't like the movie.

Cory Woomert: I don't like the story. That's always been the thing I liked

Robyn Bell: Hollywoodized

Cory Woomert: I can appreciate the cinematography and the costumes and the sets and everything. But that story is weak! Sorry,

Robyn Bell: but just put some good looking people in there and give it a good theme song. If we got a blockbuster,

Cory Woomert: right.

Michelle Anaya: I have to say I did, like, I did like the movie too. And just, just like this show, I think it effected me more, , things that are true stories affect me more. So just the stories that they were telling about, people in, third class and how they retreated in the end. I think that that actually affects me more, both, both in the musical. And the movie, but yeah, I enjoyed both.

Robyn Bell: Okay. I'll take that a day at the beach or a day a Disney. I know your answer. Cory Michelle

Michelle Anaya: Beach. Yeah.

Robyn Bell: You're not a water boy, so I wouldn't think you'd want to go to the beach, but yeah, I just can't. I think about this from a financial standpoint, the beach is free and Disney, like $8,000 to go there for the day. So take me to the beach. Okay. Pandemic breathing room or nut ball crazy in season.

Michelle Anaya: All crazy and seasoned.

Robyn Bell: Yeah, me too. I'm a chaos addict. Give it to me. I was born to the arts. I had to invent this podcast to keep me busy during the pandemic. Totally. Well, congratulations, Michelle and Cory.

You are now both officially part of the club. Let's say our listeners want to learn more about you or follow you on social media and your careers. Where can they go to follow you and find out more about.

Michelle Anaya: I am on Facebook,

Robyn Bell: Facebook. Okay. To just look you up.

Michelle Anaya: Yeah. Look for our a Michelle Anaya in the St. Petersburg area.

Robyn Bell: Okay, Cory.

Cory Woomert: , you can follow me on Instagram it's style by Cory C O R Y. Okay. And yeah, I post mostly my work, my hair work that I do on

Robyn Bell: Instagram,

Cory Woomert: on Instagram,

Robyn Bell: what I'll do is I'll put links in our show notes so that people listening can click and go right there. So I don't have to hunt you down and just be right there for them. And you can see Michelle and Cory starring in the Manatee Players, production of Titanic the Musical directed and choreographed by Rick Kerby musical direction by Rick Bogner. It is playing now through May 15th at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. And you can get your tickets by going to Manatee performing arts or through our calendar of we'll you will find every cultural event on the Suncoast listed and linked to. So Michelle and Cory, thank you for joining me today and best of luck on a very successful run of this fabulous show. I'm so looking forward to seeing it.

Cory Woomert: Thank you for having us.

Michelle Anaya: Thank you. This was fun.