From gauges to stages (wow, that was a bad joke…), let’s say hi to Evan!
Evan has been performing in St. Louis since he was eight years old. Some of his favorite roles include Roger in Rent and JD in Heathers with New Line, Frederick in Noises Off with the Meramec Theatre Department, Ernst in Spring Awakening at Stray Dog, and Nicky in Avenue Q with Take Two Production, who he’ll be working with again this fall as Henry in Next to Normal. Thank you all so much!
Q: What was your first theatre experience?
I was in the children’s chorus of Joseph when I was 8. I was so nervous when I went to audition, I cried outside the audition room for five minutes. I knew nothing about musicals. I had no audition song so I sang this song I learned in church about Jesus and crayons.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
So I had gauges in my ears when I was a kid. I could fit a pencil through the hole. I was around 12 years old, and while working on a production of Beauty and the Beast, the woman playing the Wardrobe told me that I should remove them if I wanted to continue acting. That was when I decided that I wanted to seriously pursue theatre and here we are today. Thank you, Tanya!
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through?
Okay! So I was in a production of South Pacific. I played Cable and I was doing a scene that was supposed to include myself, Liat, Emile, and Bloody Mary. For those who don’t know the show, my character does not speak French and he is in love with Liat who speaks only French. Bloody Mary is Liat’s mother and acts as translator/ matchmaker. Emile also speaks French but has no relation with any of these people. Anyway, a big dramatic scene comes up involving all four of us. Emile and I are onstage and Liat walks on without Bloody Mary. So we are trying to do this scene. I try to talk to her in very bad fake French and she looks at me like I’m nuts. I go to Emile asking him to translate but he is completely dumbfounded by the situation. I end up dropping to my knees, going full soap opera, and screaming to the heavens “Bloody Mary Where Are You?!” We then hear a flush over her mic and she comes sauntering onstage like everything is normal.
Q: What is your dream role/ show?
I’d probably say Evan Hansen just because it would be cool to play a character with the same name as me! I don’t actually know the show or its music.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
Oh let’s see. My DVR is loaded with episodes or Mr. Mercedes and Project Runway and Face Off. And I usually have Impractical Jokers on until I fall asleep every night…
Thank you Evan (I’ll watch Face Off with you anytime- great show!)
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com.