Today’s Five Question Friday is local St. Louis actor Omega Jones!
Omega Jones is a St. Louis native and proud to be so. Appearing across many stages in the St. Louis area, he next shall be appearing in Grey Gardens with Max & Louis Productions and 21 Chump Street with R-S Theatrics. If there was one piece of advice he would give, it would be to never give up hope. However cliché it may be, it’s something that drives him constantly.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: It was my sophomore year of high school. I never thought I’d really do any type of theatre, other than small little show-y things because I was a singer beforehand. In choir class, we were being shown West Side Story and that same day, the theatre department announced they were doing West Side Story for the spring musical. I couldn’t not audition. I was cast as A-rab and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: It was from Doug Erwin, my high school theatre teacher and he told me to never doubt myself and pursue what I’m meant to do. He always believed in me and I give him complete credit for who I’ve become today. Thanks.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: It was back in high school, but it’s still a fond moment of mine. We were doing Little Shop of Horrors. Doug had changed the urchin girls to four doo-wop guys and I played on of them. Well, before act two, one of the four guys had some issues and physically could not be on stage for the next couple of scenes, which meant that the remaining three, including myself, had to scramble and memorize his lines. At that moment, it was pretty darn stressful, but it’s just a testament to live theatre. Things can and probably will go wrong at some point. All you can do is keep your head up and push on.
Q: What is your dream role?
A: This is hard. I’d say Collins from Rent or Seaweed from Hairspray but at this moment, my all time dream role is Lola in Kinky Boots. Just to see a black man strutting his stuff onstage with no regrets, it makes me happy because that’s me completely. I see so much of myself in the character and I’d love to have the stage to put on those kinky boots myself! Plus, it would be awesome to belt out Hold Me In Your Heart a la Whitney Houston. One day, I shall.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: Currently, I’ve been binging on How To Get Away With Murder. Annalise Keating is my spirit animal and she gives me so much life. A new obsession, however, is Damien. It’s a direct sequel of The Omen and it’s about Damien as an adult. It’s a different storyline than The Omen 2 & 3, but it still gives me feelings. I hate the horror genre because I scream too much, but this show is one I make sure to never miss!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator. See her work at gracemaustin.com.
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