Today we’re talking to the founder of The Scene Shop, Sean Michael!
Sean Michael is a long-term transplant to the St. Louis area whose love for the stage developed during video store runs for Annie and The Sound of Music at a young age. He plays many roles in theatre: he was last seen onstage in New Line Theatre’s world premiere production of the revised Celebration and is the executive director of The Tesseract Theatre Company. Sean holds no degrees but has invested years in honing his crafts both onstage and through college courses. Selected onstage credits: Atomic, American Idiot (New Line Theatre); Dogfight (Stray Dog Theatre); Love From a Stranger (ACT INC); Hamlet (R-S Theatrics); and Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Shakespeare). He has studied voice under Gene Ditch, Erin Haupt, Becky Thorn, and Carole Gaspar.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
In middle school, I was asked to be a member of the quarter in “The Music Man,” and I absolutely refused. I was so freaking self-conscious then (still am in a lot of ways). Instead, I agreed to be photographer for the show. After seeing it, I vowed I would audition for the next one. Being the world’s greatest procrastinator, I waited another four years until I actually auditioned and played a role: Doody in Grease. It was the greatest.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
If you’re going to do theatre as a career, you have to keep fighting. No matter what level you’re at, it’s all about the drive and what you want to achieve.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
I’ve been lucky to not have many. Probably the one that still effects my pre-show routine has to do with earrings. I decided in college to get my ears pierced. Then, I was cast in “Once Upon A Mattress.” Maybe the third performance, I’m up in place listening to the Minstrel sing his song and realize I haven’t taken my earrings out yet. I have no pockets on my costume. I pulled them out and performed almost the entire first act while holding my earrings.
Q: What is your dream role/show?
Jean Valjean in Les Miserables
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
I am an anime junkie. Right now, I’m watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood which is heavily (emphasis on heavily) based on Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.