As kids all over America head back to school, Broadway.com decided to ask our favorite Broadway stars to look back at their own years in the classroom, sharing memories of favorite subjects and activities and describing their younger selves. Tony winner Victoria Clark is currently cloistered on Broadway in the high-spirited musical Sister Act, playing by-the-book Mother Superior, but she took a moment to remember the best bits of her school experience, and share some serious stylistic regrets.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
I LOVE September and I love school fall term starting up! One of my favorite high school teacher/mentors was Ed Long. He taught humanities and later a class in "Monuments," which outlined great works of art in almost every medium: architecture, studio art, sculpture, opera, theater, music, dance, you name it. He also taught me to get out there and explore my own work—to think big and work hard and not be afraid.
What’s your favorite back to school item?
Sharpened #2 pencils (Is that Freudian??)
What advice would you give to your school-age self?
Get a better haircut and a better BRA!!
What class did you dread and why?
AP Calculus! I had no business being in that class! The teacher used to throw chalk at us to wake us up!
In which extracurricular activities did you participate?
I was the extracurricular queen: student council, plays, musicals (duh!), Varsity soccer and field hockey, speech and debate, quiz bowl team (I know way too much useless trivia) church choir...I sort of have advanced artistic ADD!
Keep checking back for more School Days memories from your favorite stars.