THEATER BUFF: Curtis Schroeger of the MUNY in St. Louis & “Mary Poppins”
Name: Curtis Schroeger
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
The best part of doing summer theater is: The camaraderie of putting together a show in seven days, then being shot out of the cannon opening night and having the show come together is really exciting.
The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Probably the one I am about to do. I am having to swing ten tracks in Mary Poppins. I am really excited for the challenge and pushing myself to see the bigger picture of the production instead of just the one or two tracks I am typically responsible for.
If I wasn’t an actor, I would be: Bored
Places, Intermission or Curtain Call? Places. I love the anticipation of starting a show; there is always something electric about walking to the stage and hearing the overture.
When I’m working out of town, my suitcase always has: My rollerblades and a wine key. Before my freshman year of college my godparents gave me a jar of coins that my cousin Tom had saved until he died in a car accident; they said to get something I really needed for college. 18 year old me decided rollerblades were the most sensible purchase to get around campus and I have been using them ever since to get a lay of the land when I travel. I’ve never been hurt on them so I thank Tom for that. The wine key is just for good luck.
The best city to visit on the road is: SEATTLE!!! Amazing food, the best oysters at The Brooklyn. Serious Pie and Purple Cafe and Wine Bar are a must. Take the Ferry to Bainbridge Island. Seattle is amazing geographically with Mt. Rainer and all the islands and as a city it is hip, innovative and fast-paced. The Seattle Glassblowing Studio offers really cool classes. Best of all I was born there!
My favorite Summer Olympics event is: DIVING! I started diving when I was 16 and became obsessed with the sport. I ended up at Florida State with a scholarship and trained with Patrick Jeffery who coached on the 2000 Olympic team and competed in ’88 and ’96. I tend to get very emotional watching divers compete because I can relate to everything they are going through. Watching an athlete rise up to the challenge of a high-stakes competition always gets me. Excited to see the US Team in London!
[And just for fun, Curtis has graciously allowed us to share a video of him back at the pool after six years away from competition. We think he’s still got it.]
My workout “secret” is: Jim Becker! We are big into using negatives in my workouts. A trainer is amazing if you can budget it but at the end of the day abs are made in the kitchen, gotta eat right to look right.
When I’m looking for a date, nothing attracts me more than: Being able to laugh together.
My favorite website to visit that you may not have heard of is: www.eckharttolle.com. It’s always good to remember the power of the present moment.
Board Shorts, Speedo or Skinny Dip? I’ve always loved the tan line from a Speedo, which ends up being more fun to see when you’re skinny dipping.
People would be surprised to learn that: As a Kansas boy Barbecue was a huge part of my childhood. My dad and uncles competed as “Schroeger Brother BBQ” and ended up winning the American Royal All Around in 1992. Which means next to Spanish Web on my special skills is smoking a killer ten pound brisket. Marinading 8-10 hours is key but the wood you use is just as essential; walnut is great but cherry is better.
When I was 10, I wanted to be just like: Gary Payton of the Seattle Supersonics. I was really incredible on St. Joseph’s 4th grade CYO basketball team.
Ten years from now, I’d like to be: Producing/Directing artistic ventures whether theatre/film or something entirely new. I think it is imperative that we continue to facilitate a culture of creative exploration and push the boundaries of our current mediums. Humanity’s impulse is to evolve and I want to help.
Pick a Summer: Sanders, Donna or Suzanne (Somers…but close enough)? Summer Sanders! Olympic Champion!