Pictured: Teddy Trice
Jump inside the brains of Kansas City theater artists as we ask them 10 (or in this case, 8) questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”
What’s the one role/show you’ve always wanted to work on that you haven’t yet?
There are so many shows that I’d love to be apart of, but I’ve always wanted to play the role of Colehouse Walker, Jr in Ragtime. Searching for the American dream and building a legacy is something that many people can relate to, and the show highlights those facets in a powerful way. I’m a huge fan of the musical writing duo Ahrens and Flaherty as well
What current production, besides one of your own, are you most excited about?
The show I’m most excited about outside of my own would have to be Hamilton. Because who isn’t excited about Hamilton? To be fair, I haven’t seen it yet, so I think that adds to the excitement for me. What Lin has done for hip hop within musical theatre is genius.
If you couldn’t be in theater, what career would you have chosen?
I had so many interests in different fields, which is probably why I wanted to be an actor, but if I wasn’t in the theatre I’d most likely be a professor of some sort. Probably of sociology. I love the study of society and how people interact with one another.
What will finally break the internet?
I think our oversharing may finally break the internet. It used to be cool seeing people’s day to day, but who is really watching an IG story with 10 ticks at the top?
What well-known fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?
If I had to choose a boring fictional character to meet, it would have to be Yoda. He’d be good for a few wise gems, but after that, I can imagine it get pretty excruciating after awhile.
What is a play or musical that you cannot stand (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?
The musical I can’t stand, not including CATS, I hate to say it…. is Mama Mia. I know, I know, I’m sure there are many ABBA fans out there, but those songs are nearly impossible to get out of your head and there IS such a thing as too much sequins.
What is a play or musical that you love (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?
A play that I love, and hopefully one day I get to revisit, is Zoo Story by Edward Albee. It follows two men that have a chance meeting in New York’s Central Park, and both of their lives take a dramatic turn in the climax of the play. A quote from the play that has always stuck with me was, “Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly.” This seems to be a recurring theme in my life.
What are you reading, watching or listening to right now?
Music is another passion of mine, so my Spotify is constantly going. I’ve been listening to a lot of Emily King, Allen Stone, and Anderson Paak to mention a few. All incredibly soulful, and beautiful story tellers. Shameless plug alert: my very own single “Sweet Love” is available on most major streaming services if anyone cares to take a listen! Instagram: @teddytrice
Teddy Trice was born and raised in Kansas City, and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, and went on to receive an Associate of Arts at Johnson County Community College before transferring to complete his bachelors. His roots in the theatre began in KC, and has worked at almost every professional theatre in the city, Trice can currently be seen in the National Tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON playing through December 30 at The Music Hall. For more information visit BroadwayInKC.com.