20 Questions with Christopher Tefft of Dracula: A Rock Opera

Christopher Tefft joins the creative family at Meadow Brook Theatre this season as an acting intern.  He is extremely talented and we are so pleased that we’ll get him for the whole season.  In Dracula: A Rock Opera, Christopher plays many roles. You’ll see him as a monk, mourner, workman, tavern patron, townsperson, etc.  In playing this many characters, he will use his talents to strive to make each different from the others and he will also be understudying many of the other male roles.  Learn more about him in his 20 questions interview below…

Remember, Dracula: A Rock Opera tickets won’t go on sale until September 20 at 10:00 am.  Call the box office at 248-377-3300 to purchase tickets.  For more information please visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com.

~Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director

Acting intern Christopher Tefft plays multiple roles in Dracula: A Rock Opera

20 questions with Christopher Tefft

Where did you grow up? I was born in Austin, Texas, then shortly after moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan

Where did you go to school? I attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City Michigan for my Junior and Senior year of High School. I graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, in May, earning a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Who in your life has been your biggest influence? My mother has given me every opportunity from a young age: attending dance classes, joining choirs, telling stories, and traveling across this big ol’ country to see me perform. She taught me everything I know worth knowing.

What is your dream role? Sweeney Todd. I want to play Sweeney SOOOO bad. Also, the Beast.

Do you believe in Vampires? I believe in people that suck the energy out of you, that complain, gossip, undermine, or hurt in some other way intentionally, in order to gratify their own self-doubts.

Why do you think people today are obsessed with Vampires? It’s the fascination with the dark side of magic: eternal life, but at what cost? They live forever, they are all-powerful. This puts self-preservation before outward-compassion

Favorite Restaurant?  LOVE Culvers. Concrete Mixers.

Last scary movie you saw?  INCEPTION was pretty scary. But THE STRANGERS were very creepy- especially when you go home immediately afterward and you’re utterly ALONE.

Last play you saw?  Are musicals allowed? LIVE I saw “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and I watched the PBS broadcast of “South Pacific”… and I’m hoping to see the National Tour too!

Last book you read?    Equus… the play!

Next project  after Dracula? A Christmas Carol! Haha, I’m an Acting Intern, so I’ll be here (Meadow Brook) all season!

Favorite place to visit? Chicago… got lots of friends there.

Number of siblings and where you fit into the count? I consider myself an only child. I have a half-sister in Texas, but unfortunately we’re not close.

Favorite Musician?   Popular music? Sufjan Stevens. Theatre Music? Stephen Sondheim

Favorite Playwright? Terrence McNally

Were you a “Crest” Kid? (if not what toothpaste do you use to clean your fangs) I can’t STAND Cinnamon Toothpaste- I LOVE Wintergreen Crest it’s my favorite!

Favorite onstage blooper?  This summer we did “All Shook Up” the Elvis Presley jukebox musical, and we performed during a HUGE thunderstorm and lost power during the show! We finished the last two numbers pointing flashlights at singers, a capella, to a standing O!

Favorite pastime? Reading, Video games, Journaling

Biggest pet peeve? Spelling errors in obviously hastily published materials. And ppl who can’t spell.

Finish this sentence: “If I knew then what I know now… I wouldn’t have __________”

Stopped going to dance classes. Dancing is SO important in Musical Theatre, and I stopped trying around 8th grade.”

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