Mr. Hatter is quite the funny man. But as far as naming…welp here we go:
This is how I feel about nicknaming characters. To me, putting something in front of the character to identify them (i.e. Huggy Pan, Cha Cha Hatter, Gingersnap Alice, etc.) is just the same as calling out their friend by name. For example: Let’s say that the Hatter has a really good friend named Bubba Joe. Bubba Joe is your FAVORITE friend of the Hatter and you love seeing him. In my eyes, calling him “_____ Hatter” is just the same as calling him out as Bubba Joe. Using names creates a separation. Nicknames take away the idea of one sole character being portrayed and character integrity. Tangent story time: once quite recently when I was waiting for Peter Pan, a group of girls left when they saw that it wasn’t their favorite friend of his. They said something along the lines of “oh, that isn’t ___ Pan, it’s _____.” The little boy next to them had a puzzled look as he asked “wait. That isn’t Peter Pan?” to his mom because of the conversation he just heard. (true story folks)
okay so there’s that rant?? it wasn’t a personal attack just feelings?? idk if it’s too much or too far into it or what but that’s how I feel thanks friends
I use nicknames internally.
Which means, you will not hear me say [nickname] [character] on-stage in the parks.