Today’s interview is with Jim Anthony, a St Louis native of over 300 shows! James Anthony is currently playing Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun at Ozark Actor’s Theatre but he’s trod the boards everywhere else from places like the Muny in St. Louis to Off-Broadway in NYC.
Q: What was your first theatrical experience?
A: I was a high school junior and it was a one act play called “Miss Hepplewhite and the General.”
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: Always remember that when you exit a scene you are making an entrance into another scene so an exit has to have the same energy as an entrance does. My first professional director Davey Marlin Jones told me that and I have never forgotten it.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: I was doing “Dial M for Murder” By Frederick Knot. Very complicated setup dialogue between two characters of how the murder will take place. 30 minutes before a matinee the other actor involved became violently ill and could not go on. The stage manager decided that the solution was that he would go on without holding the book! 20 minutes of dialogue became so incorrect that I had to spend most of the rest of the play ad-libbing to try to straighten the storyline out.
Q: What is your dream role?
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: Probably House of Cards. I also love TCM baseball.
Thank you Jim- looking forward to seeing you as Buffalo Bill!
Grace Austin is an STL area educator and director.
See her work at gracemaustin.com
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