Kerstin Anderson grew up in Burlington, Vt., but moved to New York City to attend Pace University and pursue a degree in musical theater. After completing her sophomore year, Anderson, 21, was picked to star as Maria Rainer in the national touring production of “The Sound of Music,” which is coming to the Boston Opera House March 29-April 10. On a leave of absence from school, Anderson – who loves nothing more than vacations on Cape Cod, where her grandparents live – said she is “absolutely loving” the role. “Everybody loves the songs, and I love that grandparents bring their grandchildren and how multi-generational the audience is,” she said. “I am honored to be in the show.” We caught up with Anderson while she was performing in Atlanta, to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation spot? My absolute favorite place to vacation is Wellfleet. My grandparents live there, about a mile from the ocean. Time seems to move at a slower pace there. In the summer, there is nothing better than laying in the hammock with the ocean breeze rocking you.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? Lobster. It’s a tradition now. I recently turned 21, though, so that answer might change next time I get to visit.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? I am dying to visit Italy. I was in a show that takes place in Florence called “The Light in the Piazza,” and ever since then, my heart has been yearning to go. The art, the history, the food. . . . Truth be told, I’m planning a trip for me and my dad in early summer.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? I carry with me, essentially at all times, a copy of “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke. I call it my artist’s bible. I’ve had to repair my copy about five times; it’s very well loved.
Aisle or window? Window. At the risk of sounding cheesy, the world is so incredibly beautiful, and I want to be able to see it.
Favorite childhood travel memory? My mother used to work for an airline, and we would wake up early and fly standby to New York City. I have vivid memories of standing in line at TKTS in Times Square in the dead of winter, with a cup of hot chocolate trying to stay warm. Totally worth it. As a budding thespian, being able to see shows on Broadway was earth-shatteringly cool.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? Gummy bears. I love them.
Best travel tip? Ask the locals, they will never lead you astray. The first thing I do when I get to a new city is ask a local where the best coffee shop is.