Q&A with Sean Botts

Sean Botts, freshman theatre major, will play the role of Underling in the upcoming production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Gravitating more towards the goofy and comedic characters, Botts has performed in Once upon a Mattress, as well as shows like Beauty and the Beast and Hello Dolly.

When did you first take interest in theater?

I started taking interest in theater whenever I was doing shows for our church, and then I moved on to community theater, and then I got into high school, that’s when I really ran with it.

How long have you been acting and what are some of the performances you have been in?

I’ve been acting since I was in middle school, and I’ve been in Beauty and the Beast, A White Christmas, Hello Dolly, and here I was Hansel’s father in Hansel and Gretel.

What is your favorite role that you have played, and why?

I really liked playing Dauntless in Once upon a Mattress because it was like my personality, so it was basically myself.

What is it like to play the role of Underling in the upcoming production of The Drowsy Chaperone?

It’s a lot of fun, it’s a lot of fun to come in and work every day with the people. Everyone’s so great.

What first inspired you to audition for The Drowsy Chaperone?

I was actually asked to come and audition with one of my friends, and so I came and I decided it was something I wanted to do, so I accepted the role.

Do you ever feel nervous when you go into an audition?

Oh, yeah, definitely. There’s always that nervousness, even whenever you didn’t come into it thinking that you would end up doing it.

Have you ever had a bad audition in the past?

Yes, I did. My freshman year in high school, I forgot all the words to one of my songs I was doing and so I basically sat up there and looked like an idiot.

What kind of roles do you most like to portray on stage?

I always gravitate towards goofy, kind of childish, but I would love to play the antagonist.

What role would you most like to play?

I would like to play Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, ‘cause it’s so much fun. It seems like it would be so much fun.

Who are some of your favorite actors/actresses, on stage or in film?

I love Sigourney Weaver and I love Susan Sarandon.

What do you like to do in your down time?

I like to read plays and stuff, and sleep.