Five Question Friday

After working with this guy, I knew he would be a great subject! Happy Friday from The Scene Shop 😉

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Patrick Blindauer is an actor and crossword constructor living in Ballwin. Previous projects include “The Wizard of Oz” (Variety Children’s Theatre), “42nd Street” (The Muny), “The World Begun” (Shakespeare in the Streets), “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (Upstream Theater), “The Runaway Cupcake” (OnSite Theatre Company), “The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas” (Metro Theater Company), “The Little Prince” (COCA), and “Assassins” (The November Theater Company). On-screen, he was featured in 7 episodes of “Strangers With Candy” and had a speaking role in “A Beautiful Mind.” Patrick also takes care of his little girl, Magnolia, teaches magic at Great Circle, and makes puzzles for places like The New York Times and his website: patrickspuzzles.com.

Q: What was your first experience in theatre?

A: I did school shows growing up, in which I sang “The Happy Wanderer” as Santa Claus and DJed an original oldies revue as the teacher-named Windy Blindy (Thanks, Mrs. Muglie!). I also performed magic as The Amazing Zac, with my dad acting as a clown and my roadie/assistant. My first real show was a community theatre production of “Oliver!” in which I played The Artful Dodger, my dad played Fagin, my sister was an orphan, and my mom did costumes (and went on as Old Sally one night, script tucked into her shawl).

Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?

A: One great piece of advice came from my buddy Jacob Knoll, who said of auditions: “Leave it in the room.” I have a tendency to second-guess my choices after an audition, but it’s much healthier to do your best and then try to forget about it. Easier said than done, I know.

Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.

A: Not a mishap exactly, but once I worked at a summer stock company that had an unfortunate fly problem. Most of the season we just had to ignore them, but for “Dracula” I played Renfield and was actually able to use it by trying to eat them whenever they flew nearby.

Q: What is your dream role/show?

A: Tony in “West Side Story” was a dream role when I was younger, even though I wasn’t the right type (and didn’t know what typing was). George in “Sunday…” and Michael in “I Do, I Do” are roles I’d love to try some point.

Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?

A: Lately we’ve been watching “Ozark” and “Transparent,” and we’ll be starting the new season of “Stranger Things” as soon as possible.

 

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Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.

See her work at gracemaustin.com

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