Larry Pry is a local performer, singer, director and music director. He is on faculty with the Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He also is a vocal coach and voice teacher. During the day, he can be found working in the data office at The Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis. Let’s hear from Larry!
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
My first experience in theatre was playing a Shepherd in the Passion Play at my church.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
The best advice I was ever given, and that I still pass on to my students is to “never settle for good.” You always have to strive for more on stage.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
I was in my first musical in high school playing the Footman in My Fair Lady. When it came time for the ball, I walked center stage in my powered wig, separated the grand proscenium drape, came to attention to announce the guests as they arrived. My big moment! My brain went blank. When the first guest arrived, I looked at him and said “I don’t remember your name.” His reply was… “that’s funny…good luck.” I was so angry, the adrenaline kicked in and his name surfaced. Scariest moment of my life on stage.
Q: What is your dream role?
My dream role is The Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
I’m addicted to Chicago Med starring my friend and fellow St. Louisan Colin Donnell!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator. See her work at gracemaustin.com.
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