Amanda Kocher is a social worker at Missouri MENTOR by day and an active community theatre actress by night. She was last seen in KTG’s production of “Spelling Bee” where she played the passionate, spastic, and speech-impaired Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre. Amanda enjoys sweet treats, long naps, and a good, hearty laugh- let’s spend some time with Amanda!
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
In fifth grade, I played Beth, the narrator, in a class production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” I was so shy and awkward, and I didn’t do anything else until my sophomore year of high school (and only because my friends convinced me to).
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
Something along the lines of “Everyone is already on your side and rooting for you. The only person you have to convince is yourself.” That message is something that have to remind myself of nearly every day, several times a day.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
Ooh, it seems like there have been so many, but the first one that comes to mind happened during a student-written one act that I was doing at Webster. In one of the scenes, my mom broke a plate and then I had to pick up all the pieces. During one of the performances, I cut my finger on one of the chunks. It didn’t hurt, but as soon as I looked down, my hand was completely covered in bright red blood. My character never left the stage, so I had to finish the show with a bloody hand. I tried to keep it by my side as much as possible so I wouldn’t draw attention. At the end, I had to open an envelope and pull out a letter. I didn’t want to get blood all over the paper, so I took the envelope and tried to open it and read the letter with one hand. It wasn’t very natural, but most people said that they didn’t even notice that or the blood, so it all worked out.
Q: What is your dream role/show?
This is so tough! My number one dream role is Diana in “Next to Normal,” but I’ll have to wait some years before that’s realistic. Because of that, I’ll say Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Bonus! Jamie in “The Last Five Years” is actually my number one dream role that I will never get to play UNLESS someone is up for gender-bending casting. (Any takers?!)
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
I just started watching Riverdale, and I’m so hooked. It’s the first show I’ve truly binge-watched in over a year.
Grace Austin is an STL based teacher and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com.