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—and share a school picture! Sara Chase, who is giving a hilarious and touching performance as Grandma Ida, Lauren and Aaron's Mother in First Date, recalls bus rides with the lacrosse team, her shameless excuse for avoiding a test and more.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Alex Zequiera and Richard Chiarappa from Kingswood-Oxford School in Connecticut. They always encouraged me to perform and helped foster my appreciation for theater. (School questions are making me self-conscious. Did I use a dangling participle? Am I being graded?)
What advice would you give to your school-age self?
You can’t pull off tube tops, so don't even try.
In school you would have been named “most likely to…”
I was voted “most theatrical,” so I don't think anyone would be surprised that I’m still at it.
What song sums up your school experience and why?
I was a big procrastinator in high school, so I’m gonna come back to this question later and probably never answer it.
What’s your favorite back-to-school item?
L.L. Bean monogrammed backpacks! It was a “thing” we all did. I knew everyone's initials.
What class did you dread and why?
I don't mean to perpetuate lady stereotypes but math was so hard! And the only time I’ve ever seen it used as an adult was when Lillias White sang “The Oldest Profession” [in The Life] and had to tally how many men she’d laid—and even then she used a calculator.
What is your most embarrassing school moment?
I lied to my English teacher in front of my class that I had really bad cramps to get out of taking a test on Frankenstein. It’s more shameless than embarrassing, but it worked.
In which extracurricular activities did you participate?
I was captain of the varsity field hockey team and played varsity lacrosse. Those long bus rides home are where you get your “real” education.
Describe your school-age self in three words.
Always drinking Snapple.