Happy Friday from The Scene Shop and Kendra Moore!!
Kendra Moore is an actress, singer, and dancer originally from Seattle. She had her first role in St. Louis before her first apartment. #Priorities. Over the last several years Kendra has worked with Take Two Productions, Stray Dog Theatre, Hard Road Theatre, and Ignite Theatre Company. Some of her career favorite roles include Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera, Meg March in Little Women, and Dainty June in Gypsy. By day Kendra is a Chemical Engineer at Phillips 66 Oil Refinery.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
My first show was a 2 week summer camp in Seattle when I was 8 years old. It was called 12 Dancing Princesses. I was Princess #11. I danced. I wore a blue sequined ballgown. It was everything I could ever want in a show.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
“Why not? The answer is already no.” Gary Bell said this one day at Funny Girl rehearsal, probably not thinking it would stick with me. I like this advice because it applies equally well to auditioning for a dream role or asking your boss for a raise. Why not go for it? You’ve got nothing to lose.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
In high school I played an ugly stepsister in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. One show the stepmother got suddenly ill after the first scene. We did the entire second act without her. “Portia, mom’s waiting in the carriage!” “Joy, fix your dress! You know mother would think you’re a disgrace!” (Brilliant Improv, I know)
Q: What is your dream role/show?
Lily in Secret Garden or Anastasia.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
Nashville. They pack in so much drama! What would be a season finale cliffhanger in any other show is just another episode for Nashville. Don’t know which guy is the baby-daddy? Will she wake up from the coma? Don’t worry, you’ll find out next episode.
Thank you Kendra- I volunteer as director for your future production of The Secret Garden- love that show!!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com