On today’s 5 questions, we interviewed Strauss actor and volunteer Glenn Williams, who will be playing Bert Bratt in our upcoming production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
1. What first drew you to live theatre?
I remember going to see plays when I was a college student at Nicholls State and at ULM and thinking how much fun it would be to be up on that stage, but I never had the time or the confidence to try out for anything back then. Fast forward a few years, my wife Courtney started performing in ensembles for different shows at ULM, and in 2014 she was in her first Strauss show, Music Man. I enjoyed that show so much that I decided to audition for the very next play, which was a comedy called Southern Hospitality. Courtney and I both tried out and we both got parts. That ended up being a really fun, life-changing experience. From that point on, I was hooked.
2. What type of theatre are you drawn to?
I love comedies. It doesn’t matter if it’s a musical or a straight play; if it’s done well and gives me a good laugh, I’ll enjoy it.
3. What is your all-time favorite show?
That’s a tough one. I’ve seen so many great shows and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. So I’m just gonna go with the one that we’ve been working hard on for the last several months before the coronavirus came and messed everything up: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Seriously folks, this is a fantastic show. We can’t wait to bring it to you once we are able to. Come see it; it’ll be worth the wait!
4. Why Strauss Theatre?
Strauss has some of the most talented folks in the Twin Cities all in one place. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent we have right here in Monroe. Over the last few years I’ve had an opportunity to work with so many great people from all walks of life who share a passion for theatre. We are truly blessed to have such a thriving arts community here.
5. What is the most absurd thing you’ve seen on stage?
It’s not uncommon to see people play pranks during performances, especially during the last performance of each show. But when I was in The Producers a few years ago, we had several pranksters in our cast during that last show; it almost seemed like everyone was trying to one-up each other! That was a really fun cast.