Five Question Friday

Today’s Friday interview is busy lady Christina Rios- let’s hear what she has to say!!

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Christina Rios has had the good fortune to perform locally with such companies as: The St. Louis Black Repertory, New Line Theatre, Insight Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Stray Dog, The Non-Prophet Theatre Company, and has been able to study voice with such brilliant teachers as: Dr. Mark Madsen, Kathy Lawton Brown, and Ms. Angela Horn.
She is the Artistic Director of R-S Theatrics, a classically-trained soprano, the mother of four wonderful children, the wife of an incredible man, and a true believer that art can change the world.

Q: What was your first experience in theatre?

A: My first experience in theatre was being cast as Mary in my parochial school’s Christmas pageant.
I loved to read and perform…but mostly…talk. A lot.
When rehearsals started, I quickly learned why I had gotten the role – it was a non-speaking part.

 

Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?

A: “A career, even one you love, should never be your whole life.”

 

Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.

A: During Threepenny Opera, with New Line, I found out I was pregnant – so Sarah Porter was kind enough to never put the fastener in my skirt and every night we would just pin it together with 2 safety pins.
I think it was the second to last night, I was out for the last scene and I remember thinking “Wow, it’s pretty chilly out here.”
Then Sarah, in character, came over and held my skirt together behind me and eventually lead me over to a piece of the set that I could lean against, because, well…it wasn’t chilly in the house that night, unless you were my backside.

Q: What is your dream role?

A:  If my hair would just be a believable color of blonde, I would play Galinda in Wicked for as long as they let me.

Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?

A: I honestly haven’t had cable television for like, 4 years…but I do enjoy the Netflix and I can and will basically watch any depressing documentary that I can find. Any time. Any place.

Thank you so much!! Check back next Friday for words of wisdom from another STL theatre figure.

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Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.

See her work at gracemaustin.com

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