With our youngest actor yet- Victor Landon!!
Victor Landon has been acting for a little more than two years in the greater St. Louis area with a variety of theatre companies. Most recently he was seen in Shrek The Musical (Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Dwarf). He is an Arts for Life 2016 nominee for Best Juvenile Performer for his role as JoJo in Seussical (Christ Memorial Productions). Favorite credits include Gavroche (Les Misérables) and Narrator (Into the Woods) both at East Central College where he got his start in community theatre. In addition, he has done regional radio and TV commercial work. Looking to this summer, he is very excited to be performing with the Muny Kids Touring Troupe for the theatre’s 99th season.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
I started doing Christmas productions at my church when I was in kindergarten. My first audition and casting experience in local theatre was Les Misérables at East Central College in Union, MO. Playing Gavroche was amazing! I got to call out Javert (“Liar!”) and die on stage in my first big show. Great memories!
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
My cast friend from Seussical, Jennifer Kerner, has helped me with audition advice. She has a lot of experience and has made good suggestions for my resumé and song selections for auditions. What I like the most is what she says about the confidence you need going into an audition. She says, “Make them tell you ‘no’” meaning that you approach every audition with 100 percent poise and preparation no matter what your chances are of getting a role. You make it really tough for the casting directors to say “no” to you even if you aren’t quite right for the part, and in the end you may just get that surprising “yes.”
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
I was five years old and playing one of the Wise Men in a Christmas production and had to run on stage at full speed and deliver my line, “I’ve been looking everywhere for my crown!” and when I did, I face-planted onto the stage. I got up quickly after hearing some people gasp and recovered well. Believe it or not, that wasn’t the worst mishap of that show’s run. A few nights later, I peed my pants on stage. I was hoping others onstage didn’t notice and glad I was wearing a robe over my pants!
Q: What is your dream role/show?
For the near future, I’d love to play Les Jacobs (Newsies) or Huck (Big River).
Down the road, I’d love to be in Les Mis again, only the next time as Javert!
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
I enjoy Peppa Pig with my little sister. It’s also great for working on my British accent!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com