A Midsummer Night’s Dream Actor Spotlight – Steve Elderbrock as Francis Flute/Thisbe

photoQ: Why did you audition for A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

SE: I was in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in college and I remember how much fun it was then (I played Starveling/Moonshine) and so I figured I’d try out for this production and see if it was as much fun 25 years later.

Q: What shoes might people have seen you in before?

SE: Earlier this summer I was in Walking Across Egypt, and last year I was in A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

SE: I am the pastor at First Presbyterian Church here in Burnsville, and as a pastor I am never entirely sure what any day will bring – every day is an adventure. No “normal” or “typical” day, which I enjoy.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

SE: I have really enjoyed getting to know some people whose performances I have enjoyed in other plays, such as Dwight Chiles and Michael Lilly and Trinity Smith. Unfortunately, by the time we finish rehearsals, we are all pretty much ready to go home (unless they are just telling me that and then all going out without me).

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

SE: The mechanicals figuring out amongst themselves where the intermission(s) should be placed.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

SE: It involves lips and stones.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

SE: I played Peter Rabbit in a class play in kindergarten, and have been hooked ever since.

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

SE: The author.

Q: Do you have a favorite Shakespeare line?

SE: “To thine own self be true.”

Q: What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

SE: Asking me to pick a favorite Shakespeare play is like asking me to pick my favorite kind of pie.

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