by Philo Hagen
It may be Glee’s final season, but fresh faces have joined the cast including Broadway actress Laura Dreyfuss (left), who is playing Madison McCarthy, and singer Billy Lewis Jr. (left), who is portraying her twin brother, Mason McCarthy. They’re male and female twin Cheerios who officially became members of McKinley High’s brand new glee club on the recent second episode of the season. So far Dreyfuss hasn’t even really sang, but get this – she’s not only new to the cast of Glee, she appears to be next in line to be hooping it up on what is probably the hoopiest television series of all time. Not only that, but there appear to be even more hoops and possibly other hoopers involved too. While we may not know exactly what we’re in for, rest assured dear readers there is more hooping coming to Glee.
Recently we were given a sneak peek at the brand new female McKinley High glee club addition rehearsing with the cast and working on her hula hooping skills. Fellow Glee cast member Becca Tobin, who plays longer term Cheerio Kitty Wilde, shared a quick Instagram video of Dreyfuss hooping on the set and commented – “She’s a woman of many talents @hotdamnitslaura”.
Glee club officially ended at McKinley High at the end of Season 5, but with Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel back on campus trying to revive New Directions again, we’re not really sure what’s going to come of it. The McCarthy twins are two of only four new recruits and they need a dozen members to compete. One thing for sure is we’re looking forward to seeing Dreyfuss hoop, and we’re actually looking forward to seeing her sing as well.
Dreyfuss may be new to television, but she comes to the show with a rather impressive Broadway resume having recently appeared in Once after taking over the role of “Girl” from Cristin Milioti in 2013. She was also a Member of the Tribe in the 2010 national tour of Hair, and she was a swing performer once the flower power musical headed to Broadway the following year. And while she may be new to Glee, hooping certainly isn’t.
Actors have been found routinely hooping it up for fun and exercise while hanging out on the set for years now – and we’ve seen the hoops sitting on the sidelines to prove it. We’ve also seen Kevin McHale, Grant Gustin and even Matthew Morrison hooping it up off set, not to mention Eva La Dare’s fire hooping appearance on the show, and the super hoopening Lost Christmas episode. So stay tuned to Glee for their final season because there’s more good hooping things to come.
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.