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10 Questions With Marc Strathman

This week, St. Louis Limelight will be shining the Director’s Spotlight on the very talented, award-winning Music Director, Marc Strathman.

I had the opportunity to ask the Director some questions for our “10 Questions With” segment, where he shared a little of his knowledge, experience, and accomplishments.  Read on to find out what he had to say.

Image provided by Marc Strathman

10 Questions With Director, Marc Strathman

  • What is your name and how old are you?
    • Marc Strathman, 47 years old.

 

  • What Social Media links can your fans and our readers connect with you?

 

  • Other than directing, what hobbies do you enjoy?
    • Baseball and board games.

 

 

  • How long have you been directing?
    • I have been music directing since 1993.

 

  • What shows have you directed?
    • Into the Woods
    • RENT
    • Annie
    • Godspell
    • Sweeney Todd
    • Anything Goes
    • Pippin
    • How to Succeed in Business…..
    • Oklahoma
    • Kiss Me, Kate
    • Willy Wonka
    • Hairspray
    • The Producers
    • The Wiz
    • There are many others that I cannot think of off the top of my head.

 

  • What are the top 3 shows you have directed?
    • RENT
    • Kiss Me, Kate
    • The Producers

 

  • What are the top 3 shows you would love to direct?
    • Les Miserable
    • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem
    • Sunday in the Park with George

 

  • What theaters have you worked with?
    • Hawthorne Players
    • Kirkwood Theatre Guild
    • Alpha Players
    • Over Due theatre
    • Take Two Productions

 

  • What nominations and awards have received?
    • Outstanding Music Director Award 4 times from Arts for Life, nominated 3 more times.

 

Keeping the conversation alive.

If you are involved in the community, be it a group, club or an organization, you must know with involvement comes certain hurdles and challenges.  Community Theatre is no exception to this rule.

Being a firm supporter in the importance of sharing  knowledge and ideas within the community, the first follow up question I like to ask is, ” As a member in the community theater, what do you feel is one of the biggest hurdles/challenges community theater faces?”

Director, Marc Strathman, quickly offered his thoughts from a director’s standpoint by offering this,  “I think one of the major hurdles is how to get an audience.  There are so many community theater groups presenting quality productions.  This can be a positive for us or a negative.  It is great that there are many groups for audiences to choose from, but the downside is that they can only go see so many of them.  This leads us to have to find a way to work together to get audiences from other communities to come see our shows.  How can this be accomplished?  That is a discussion for another time.”

A huge “Thank You” and final “Words Of Wisdom”.

Image provided by Marc Strathman

On behalf of St. Louis Limelight Magazine, I want to thank Marc Strathman for taking the time out of his, obviously, busy schedule to answer a few questions and share his thoughts this week!

I asked the Director if he had any closing thoughts or words of encouragement for other Community Theatre members striving to follow their passion.  His advice was this:

“For people who are interested in doing a show, my advice comes from Nike “just do it.”  You will find a whole new group of friends and have fun being silly on stage.  Ask the directors of whatever show you are looking to audition for good quality audition material.  Just make sure you are singing a song from a show similar to the one you are auditioning for.  If you are auditioning for The Sound of Music, don’t sing something from RENT.”
~Marc Strathman~

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