April Strelinger has my favorite answer to question #1 EVER- take a look!
April Strelinger is a professional actor in St. Louis (her hometown…Before you ask, her high school was Incarnate Word Academy). Since moving back to St. Louis, April has enjoyed working with a variety of theaters around town. Most recently she performed First Date at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City and Seussical at Stages St. Louis. This summer she was seen in the Muny’s production of All Shook Up and A Chorus Line. She will finish the summer returning to Stages for South Pacific. Spare time activities include yoga, occasional work as a board certified Health Coach, pretending to be an adult (and generally succeeding) with her husband, Richard, and son, Will. When not on stage she can be seen and imbibing copious amounts of coffee and tea while reading big books and snuggling with her pets.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
Firefly #1 in my elementary school’s Christmas play. I sang “This Little Light of Mine” and had a yellow balloon taped to my butt… It was a very method performance.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
This business is made up of 7 people and a bunch of mirrors. Meaning: that although the theatre community feels big it’s really small so be respectful and professional to everyone. You never know when you’ll meet again or who someone knows.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
I once did a show in full cat makeup. I was given facial wipes to take off the makeup in between shows but my throat got itchy and my eyes started to swell. I realized soon afterward that the wipes contained corn (I’m allergic)…so I took 2 Benadryl and a double shot of espresso to get through the second show. However, I have no recollection of what happened on stage or came out of my mouth for that show!
Q: What is your dream role?
Queenie in Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party or I’d love to reprise my role of Dot in Sunday in the Park With George
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
The Walking Dead. The character development is so much fun to watch and I love anything post-apocalyptic.
Thank you Firefly #1!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com