Tips & Tricks for BroadwayCon

Erin Karll

OnStage St. Louis Columnist

Having survived the blizzard known as Broadway con 2016 I can not wait to see what this year brings. Here are some tips for making the most of the weekend.

Dress in layers. The rooms can go from freezing to boiling, and light layers allow you to adjust quickly. A show shirt over a long sleeve t-shirt was my uniform.

Bring a charging pack. Phones, tablets and camera can die at the most inconvenient time. Having a pack keeps you from being tethered to the wall. You can snap that picture of the Dear Evan Hansen panel and tweet about that workshop. Don't forget to follow @onstageblog and see our teams love reaction.

Bring food and drinks. Confession time; I forgot to eat lunch and dinner on day one last year. There is so much going on it simply slipped my mind until I crashed at 10pm. Snacks like granola bars and a refillable bottle will help. The Javits Center has a food court type of area, so bring some money and eat in the same building.

Have pen and paper on you at all times. Between the workshops and panels I filled a small notebook. This could also be used for autographs. You never know who you'll bump into in the hallways. If you received a pass for a autograph session I would recommend bringing something for that specific person, but remember you'll be carrying that item around all day.

Most importantly, have a plan but be ready for improv. The best part of last year happened when over half of the events had to be canceled. Know what are 'can't miss' events, but keep your ears open for other things that pop up. The app is a great start, but also check in with the volunteers.

Can not wait to be back in the 'place for us' in the 'greatest city in the world' and see all my theatre people!