My Brelby Moment: Aubrea Robards

It’s that time of year again!! That time when we give the blog over to our immensely talented artists and let them share their thoughts about art, life and more. The November Blogathon has become a Brelby tradition here at the Brelby Buzz, and this year we’re wrapping up Season Nine with our favorite Brelby Moments. For the next 30 days, our artists will discuss their favorite Brelby Moments from Season Nine and how that has impacted them and the way they approach their art.

Today’s post comes to us from Aubrea Robards, who played the youngest competitor at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Logainne “Schwarzy” Schwartzandgrubenierre.

My Brelby Moment

Aubrea Robards

My Brelby Moment was all of the crazy special moments spent with my #WordFam during 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee. I can vividly remember sitting in Brelby’s Season 9 reveal, hearing those iconic notes from The I Love You Song, and audibly gasping. I KNEW I had to do anything and everything to be in Putnum – which has been a dream show of mine forever. Little did I know I would bond with this cast and crew in a beautifully unique and beyond special way. I got to play a role I never thought I’d be funny enough for as my improv are skills are crap but Shelby and Jessie truly brought out the best in this cast with their direction. These people were always on top of it and we were motivated by each other’s loving determination to

I was 7 months pregnant when this show opened and I never regretted taking on the role and hard work that came with it. The laughter and love I received made that particular pregnancy perfect. Our director Shelby was also preggo and that is a bond we’ll always share. I will always miss trying not to break character with Karson, watching Stephanie do moves from A Chorus Line, laughing with Thea about my daughter being her style icon, dying over Devon’s definitions, watching Alex drink 9 juice boxes a day for props, trying to do Monica’s hair and being replaced by a Bump-It, having my face melted by Kevin and hearing his fantastic laugh, watching Ricco literally leap over chairs to help my giant pregnant butt get up, hearing Chelsea threaten us with shoes, knowing CJ will say he hates his opera warm up, watching Jessie face palming every 10 minutes, and laughing at everyone who came straight from work try to stretch with dress pants on. I mostly love that I have these memories and no one but my word family understands them or can even make sense of them. That’s what Brelby strives to create. They don’t just want to create beautiful art. They want to cultivate beautiful relationships between actors and audiences, casts and crews. Thanks to Brelby, I’ll forever be these people’s intensely devout stage mom!


Aubrea, you’re not like a regular mom. You’re a cool mom. Thank you for being a part of the magic of Season Nine.


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