A well known face (and voice)- we are thrilled to feature Keith Boyer as today’s 5QF!
Among the most sought after classically trained vocal artists in the St. Louis area, Keith was named the “Go! List” – Best Male Opera Singer by the Post Dispatch. A successful Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra created numerous additional Guest Artist opportunities in classical concert, pops concert, and musical theatre across the region. With over thirty full productions in musical theatre and opera, and over one hundred concert performances, Keith is at home onstage, and is excited to be working in this summer’s production of South Pacific at Stages St. Louis. A local performer and teaching artist, learn more at keithonstage.com.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: My first experience in theatre was playing the Minstrel in my High School production of Once Upon A Matress. The following year, I played Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly, and I was hooked!
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: 1. Always respect and encourage your people. Respect and treat the cast, directors, and production team with professionalism. This is a public and private practice. Only speak positively about members of the team in public. Only speak positively about members of the team in private. If you must address a negative: do it in private, do it with respect, and only with the person it involves. If you fail to resolve an issue that must be resolved, go up. Only involve people who have authority to make a change.
2. Just because you must turn left or right from time to time doesn’t mean you aren’t moving forward.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: In Sister Act, there was a chase scene involving running onstage and ducking to avoid a ricocheting bullet. The show was set in late 1970’s, and the costume was, shall we say, very form fitting. I must’ve crouched deeper than usual during the second performance because I ripped the pants from center inseam to an inch shy of my belt. I was wearing a jacket, so I have no idea how noticeable it was to the audience, but a skilled seamstress mended the costume by my next entrance!
Q: What is your dream role?
A: I have been able to explore my dream role twice in productions of Les Mis here in town. I worked as a guest artist playing Valjean with Alpha Players after they unexpectedly lost their Valjean well into the rehearsal process, then again as a guest artist for the Missouri Baptist University production which ultimately led to them considering me for my current adjunct voice faculty position. I will play that role any chance I get.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: Diesel Brothers. They have a great time playing with diesel trucks, and are a sort of mix between my extended family and people I know that work in theatre and music.
Thank you Keith! Last year we interviewed Keith’s lovely wife Amanda- check out her 5QF here!
Grace Austin is a local director and educator.
Check out her work here.