An Ode to a Broadway Actress
An Interview with Sarah Bolt
Read on to experience the fabulous (pun intended, and I will keep using it!) Sarah Bolt.
I’m originally from St Louis, MO and one of three sisters (I’m the oldest). I went to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I received my BFA in Musical Theatre. In 2004, I moved to NYC after touring with the European tour of Grease. I currently live in Manhattan with my “fiance” (I just cant get used to saying that word) David Crowell.
When did you know you wanted to be on the stage?
I’ve always been a “ham” and loved singing and making people laugh. It wasn’t really until my junior year of high school that I decided to pursue acting as a career.
Did anyone have a theater influence on you when you were younger?
My parents are the biggest influence and support for me. They met doing a regional production of Godspell and continued to be very involved with the Arts. My mom (Laura Bolt) teaches acting at the High school I attended and my Dad (Tim Bolt) is a watercolor artist in St Louis.
Tell us about that first night on Broadway.
I made my Broadway debut in Wicked (2008). It was surreal… to be honest, it’s hard to remember. I think I was mostly concentrating on making sure I didn’t get run over or run anyone else over. The Gershwin became my home and family for the next two and a half years. The first night in Sister Act was amazing in itself, to be able to create something that’s your own is a once in a lifetime experience. To see this whole process come to life has been nothing short of a blessing and a dream come true.
What is your favorite scene in Sister Act?
Most of my favorite moments in Sister Act often happen backstage with my partners in crime; Marla Mindelle, Marissa Perry and Patina Miller. I have learned that it’s important to stay silly.
I just love all of these answers so far! Let’s talk about your feeling on performing at The Tony’s and for President Obama.
The Tony’s were absolutely amazing. It was like a Broadway backstage mixer. This community is very small. To be able to see our friends in their shows and rooting each other on was just magical. I felt proud and honored to be a part of it.
President Obama’s visit was surreal. Having Secret Service all over the theater was exciting and hilarious. Nuns and guns…. that’s comedy! When the President greeted the cast on stage he made sure to shake everyone’s hand and said, “I don’t know whether to shake your hand or genuflect.” It was pretty incredible!
Well folks, another (ahem) FABULOUS actor on Broadway!
Send Sarah some love via her Facebook Page, Twitter and her website! She’s fabulous, baby!
-Ashley, July 2011