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The Rehearsal Club
Inc. 2019



​​​​​​​​​​​"Dedicated to telling the story of The Rehearsal Club, to preserving its
legacy and to inspire and support future generations of aspiring young artists."


Dee Popp Andrian​​
RC 1955 - 1958
I arrived at the Rehearsal Club in 1955....Carol Burnett had moved out just two weeks before I moved in.  I truly enjoyed living there until 1958...three years limit.

In the 1950's New York City was all class.....opening nights at the theater we wore formal clothes.....lunch, we wore our white gloves and BIG hats.....there were always people to see, places to go.

Making the rounds for auditions was so depressing.....don't call us...we'll call you. The most memorable play I did.......The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by my acting teacher, Ellen Andrews……was a benefit for the blind, and all the leading characters in the play were blind....and we acting students were extras. 

I also appeared on the daily shows that Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, and Bert Parks were doing.  In the 1960's I worked for Rogers and Cowan, public relations firm of 200 top celebrities.......meeting Shirley MacLaine, dinner with Kirk Douglas, Danny Kaye, Jack Lemmon, sitting in recording session of Tony Bennett.  It was a very good year.

Then one night, James Andrian sat at the bar where I was working as a cocktail waitress.  I never ever thought I would leave New York......but we did. But living so close to New hour train ride away........New York is still my 'home town.'

After 36 years of romance, happiness as well as some sorrow, my dear husband passed March 3, 2007.  Now I just love walking on the beach with so many memories.

           “I’ll go my way by myself….I’ll face the unknown…
           nobody knows better than I, myself, I’m by myself alone.”
A friend recommended that I get involved at the Westport Senior Center where I discovered an acting class for seniors.  Since then I have performed The Vagina Monologues at the Seabury Center in Westport, as well as the Westport Country Playhouse in 2010 and 2011. Each year we raised over $50,000 for the charity of abused women.  Then in 2012, we wrote our own memoirs and appeared at the Seabury Center and the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport.  This past summer I worked on a film, Wish You Were Here, by a young film student, Anton Mahr.