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Hosted by the multi-talented Naomi Snieckus, Firecracker Department is a sit-down with the brightest minds and most charismatic women in entertainment, representing the full spectrum of ‘the biz’ But despite their showbiz superpowers, none can resist the targeted charm of their host. With each interview, Naomi and her guest kick off their shoes, pour a glass of wine and begin a very informal conversation, that is real and often intensely-personal. It’s funny, frank talk about success, life in the public eye, the victories, embarrassments and vagaries of fame.

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Episode 27

Astrid Van Wieren

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Naomi Snieckus

Hey firecrackers! First of all, I want to thank everyone who has been writing, tweeting, or commenting on our posts talking about the show and about the guests that have inspired you! We’re so happy that you are connecting with this podcast, our team works very hard to bring it to life and it means the world to us that you’re tuning in! Next up, we have Astrid Van Wieren from the Broadway musical “Come From Away”! I travelled to New York for this one and I want to talk about the idea of getting lost in a new city. While I was down there, I carved out some time and just hit the town and explored. It got me thinking a lot about those who move to a new city, or even a new country. So, I’m curious, for those of you whom have relocated in your life, how did you adjust to the new environment? How did you go about rebuilding your community? I’d love to keep this conversation up, please e-mail, tweet, or comment and tell me your stories! Anyway, this trip to NYC was amazing, I got to catch the show and then sit down with not only Astrid, but the creator, Irene Sankoff (whose episode will be next!). Astrid is incredible, we talked all about her life, career, and this incredible musical, if you can get down to NYC, I definitely recommend you go see “Come From Away”! Enjoy this one, firecrackers! 

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