Thursday, November 7, 2013

An Interview with Scott Sauber

Making Directing Look Easy

Scott Sauber is no stranger to Slidell Little Theatre, having directed and appeared in several productions, including SLT’s Theatre for Young Audiences’ most recent production of Goodnight Moon, and the main stage smash hit Seussical, which launched our 51st Season.

Scott Sauber
Sauber has more than 20 years of theatrical experience and education and teaches Theatre in the Talented Arts Program at Slidell High School. He  is a graduate of the University of New Orleans’ Theatre Department. He is a multiple-award-winning actor, light designer, director and educator.

We  recently caught up with Scott to find out more about his experiences in theatre and maybe learn a little more about him as a person.

Q: What was your earliest involvement in theatre?

SAUBER: I saw the 1991 Wing and a Prayer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in New Orleans and can vividly remember thinking, "I will do that...and only that... for the rest of my life."  I now have directed the Wing and a Prayer productions since 1999.

Q: What attracted you to theatre to begin with?

SAUBER: The philosophy at Wing and a Prayer is that you were never judged if you were willing to participate.  You were never singled out, never made part of a competition and always guaranteed a spot in the cast in the exact place that you fit perfectly for the production.  I maintain that approach to this day.  I cast anyone interested in being in the theatre.  You have to trust that I will put you exactly where you belong.

Q: What is it about theatre that holds your interest today?

SAUBER: I love the fact that every 6 weeks, my "goal" will change.  I may be parading around in the world of Seuss, or tap dancing my way through the rain.  I can do every dance number in Joseph, and follow it up by singing something from 1800s France in Les Miserables.  If I get bored with a project, in just a few weeks, it is guaranteed to change.  In 21 years, I have never been bored with a project -- just sad to let them go in the end.
Scott Sauber starred in and directed
'Goodnight Moon'

Q: What are five plays that you’ll never forget and why?

SAUBERJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat started my career. I have directed it 8 times, I love every song, and it was the first production I created on my own (with  best friend and work partner, Frannie Roseberg.)

The Full Monty at LePetite because it was my first LePetite show...and it was a big deal...and it touches your heart...and we won awards...and I went THE FULL MONTY!

Rent at LePetite.  Because we were the first non-Broadway Company given the rights...and it was good...and we won awards...and as a cancer survivor, to stand on stage and sing, "...Because reason says I should have died three years ago..." followed by LaVieBoheme and Seasons of Love is UNFORGETTABLE!

Beauty and the Beast at Jefferson Performing Arts Society - because it was my first professional credit. I played Lumiere, the role of a lifetime and we did 23 performances including an 18 show run at the Grand Theatre in Biloxi where we were titled "the Talent" and I had the privilege of repeating the show (with the same company) for three years.  I could do that show every single day and never get tired -- also never get used to the marathon!  Like Sutton Foster said, "it never got easier -- and I thrived on that!"

Big River at Rivertown Repertory Theatre - not because it earned me a star on the wall, but because the role of Huck Finn was complex, but fun.  A huge line load, but fun.  A lesson in humility, endurance, kindness, adventure -- but still fun.  And one night, the final scene touched me so deep, that I cried my way through the scene and the curtain call -- because I wasn't acting, I was living. And that is fun.

Q: What play do you think people should see, but probably haven’t?

SAUBER: The one-man show Cotton Patch Gospel.  AMAZING!

Q: What was the best advice you ever received about acting?

SAUBER: Sonny Borey at LePetite would say at the end of every prayer circle, "We have worked so go out there and make it look so easy."

The interview was conducted by Don Redman.

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