Say hello to Zach Erhardt- STL native and current resident of NYC (at his put-in rehearsal for Book of Mormon!).
Erhardt is a recent graduate of University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music. He is currently touring in The Book of Mormon as a member of the ensemble and understudying Elder Price. Some of his favorite credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (The Muny), Chuck Cranston in Footloose (Thunder Bay Theatre), and Will in American Idiot (Dare2Defy). Thanks to Nicolosi & Co., Paige and Jeff, Phil, Grace, and my amazing family. @takhomazach
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: In sixth grade I broke my ankle on the field during a soccer game. I’m the youngest of three and my middle school choir teacher who had my sisters convinced me to audition for Peter Pan. Got a part as one of the lost boys, Tootles, and continued on from there.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: Be nice. Be grateful. Be humble. And work your ass off.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: At my first summer stock at Thunder Bay Theatre in Alpena, Michigan, I straight up forgot to enter. Someone came into the backstage area and said “you’re on stage!!!” And so I ran my ass out there, mid changing of my pants…
Q: What is your dream role/show?
A: Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. I mean, come on?
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: I honestly don’t watch like any TV, but I am a video game addict. I play PlayStation like nobodies business. I also try and pick a different album every day and listen through it. It’s amazing what you can get done on these NYC subway rides! If I had to choose a tv show though I would say Dexter is my all time favorite.
So proud of you Zach- big things ahead!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com