Five Question Friday

Caleb Long is a St. Louis based singer, dancer, actor and choreographer. Favorite credits include The Baker (Into the Woods), The Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz) and Diesel (West Side Story). Favorite choreography credits include West Side Story, Bye, Bye Birdie and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

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Q: What was your first theatrical experience?

My first experience was my “New Student Showcase” my freshman year at SEMO. It was a 30 person cast of “The Duck Variations” so you can only guess how great that was!

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

The best advice I’ve ever received was from my voice teacher, Judith Farris. She would always tell me to find my truth when performing. Why are you telling this story, singing this song, doing this dance step, etc. Make it personal to you and the audience will make it personal to them.

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

Two summers ago I played the Baker in Into the Woods and on opening night, during the right after I traded the beans for Milky White, I pulled on the lead rope to take her offstage and the head fell right off! I broke so hard onstage I had tears coming out of my eyes!!

Q: What is your dream role?

My dream role is Benjamin Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It’s the epitome of who I am as a performer; a burly, dancing man.

Q: Tell us your TV guilty pleasure.

My guilty pleasure TV show is definitely Bob’s Burgers. I can quite every episode and I’m ashamed to admit how many times I’ve watched it all the way through.

Thank you Caleb!!

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Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.

See her work at gracemaustin.com.

 

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