You’ve seen this guy on the stage AND screen- say hello to Jack Sippel!
(Photo of Jack backstage at the MUNY taken by Julie Merkle, last week’s 5QF!)
Jack Sippel is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of 8, Jack began training and performing at Krupinski Academy of Dance. He also trained and competed at Olympiad Gymnastics where he became the Missouri State Champion in gymnastics. Some of his performing credits include National Tours: the Tony Award winning Broadway musical MEMPHIS, Disney’s NEWSIES (Mush, Bill), Regional: the world premiere of Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz (Flat Rock Playhouse), West Side Story, Mary Poppins (Paper Mill Playhouse), NEWSIES, Hello, Dolly!, Tarzan, Grease, Singin’ in the Rain (The Muny), Film: Disney’s NEWSIES: The Broadway Musical (Darcy, Kenny). Jack is also a teaching artist and choreographer for Krupinski Academy of Dance, Krupinski Academy’s Krupinski & Company, the Krikwood Theatre Guild (9 to 5), Lafayette High School (Shrek, Hairspray) and The Broadway Collective. Continue to follow Jack on social media @jackjsippel
Q:What was your first theatrical experience?
A: One of my first experiences in theatre was back when I was in elementary school. I was and still am obsessed with Peter Pan (go on, judge me) and my mom had show me this flyer of a local community theatre company putting on Peter Pan that upcoming summer. I told her I had to go be in this! So we went to the audition and it all fell into place. I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen in this audition other than the fact I was going to be taught a dance and then I was going to be asked to sing a song that I had brought. I have learned a lot since then. The one playing Wendy in this production was non other than the one and only Taylor Louderman! She has always been brilliant.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
A: I was told that you if you are going to be in this business then you have to go for it. If there are other things that you like doing as well, do those other things and make room for people who really want this. It’s a field where you need to jump off the high dive and not just dip a toe in the water.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
A: This is hard. I have had several ripped pants believe me, but I would have to say during the song Once And For All in Newsies, we have to toss bundles of papers to each other. The bundle consisted of a stack of papers that was glue together and then one “laminated” sheet of paper on top of that all tied together by a piece of string. I had to stand on a stair unit, unable to move side to side or front to back and catch then toss these bundles. One night we had a bundle that was tossed a little too far over my head to where I ended up laying on my back on this stair unit and still needing to toss it to the next guy. I hurry to stand up, the next bundle gets tossed to me and the string holding everything together comes undone! So the bundle is flying one way and the loose sheet is flying a different way. I grab the bundle, grab the sheet, toss the bundle, put the loose sheet under my foot because I knew there was NO WAY I could through a single piece of paper across the stage just to keep it with the bundle then turn back before the next bundle was tossed my way. Oh yeah, did I mention that all of these tosses where timed to the music???? I luckily knew that the bundle that the lost sheet was going to be mine at the end of the number when we actually need that paper. How I know that…. because I’m crazy detailed oriented. Talk about stress and quick thinking.
Q: What is your dream role/show?
A: Don Lockwood in Singing in the Rain!
Q: What is your current guilty TV pleasure?
A: One of my guilty TV pleasures would have to be Dancing With The Stars. It just hooks you in. I also dream of being one of the pros on that show.
Thank you Jack- can’t wait to see where you’ll be dancing next!
Grace Austin is an STL director and educator who heads the Theatre Department at East Central College. Her picture was taken by the ever talented Ann Aurbach who is the Production Manager at COCA.
See her work at gracemaustin.com