Five Question Friday

I met this woman working at Opera Theatre St Louis this summer- and she is fantastic. Let’s hear from Beth Gasser!

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Beth Gasser is originally from Overland Park, KS but currently is studying Stage Management at Webster University in St. Louis. Most recently she was the Stage Manager for Is He Dead through St. Louis Shakespeare Co. and before that she served on Wardrobe for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and was the Production Assistant for To Kill a Mockingbird at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Her next project is being an Assistant Stage Manager for the Conservatory at Webster University’s production of {title of show}. She is thankful for all of the people she has met along the way because they have helped shape who she is today.

Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
A: My parents sent me to day camp during the summers. I didn’t like being outside all day and playing sports so when the theatre camp became an option I asked if I could go. I knew theatre from the school plays that I had to do in elementary school and I had fun doing them. So I went to theatre camp and ever since then I’ve loved it.

Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: The best advice that someone has given me is that you learn something new everyday. Even though I’m a stage manager I end up learning things from all sides of the production. From watching actors do warm ups or helping them with lines to talking with lighting designer or helping hold a door while someone fixes it, there are so many things to learn and by listening and gaining that knowledge I have gained so much more respect for everyone that works in this field.

Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: During a production of You Can’t Take it With You during a quick change one of the actresses zippers got stuck and we couldn’t zip it up by the time she went onstage. So the actor who played her husband ended up getting it unstuck after a little bit luckily. It was tough sending on an actress with her back completely open but she changed her blocking until the situation could be resolved.

Q: What is your dream role/show?
A: My dream show to do is Gypsy.

Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
A: My current guilty TV pleasure is Broad City.

Thanks Beth- don’t forget to wear sunscreen like your Aunt Grace taught you 😉


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Grace Austin is an STL based director and educator.

See her work at gracemaustin.com

 

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