Stage Lines: Ok, basic stuff first – Where were you born? And Raised?
Amanda Jacob: I spent the first 20 years of my life in Texas. I am quite proud to be a southern girl and to have been raised in that culture. You can take the girl out of the south but you can’t take the south out of the girl…so true!
SL: What brought you to Idaho?
AJ: It is a long story but basically my family decided to move to Boise when my father retired from coaching high school football. We wanted a change and his sister had moved to Boise six months prior so we followed her up here.
SL: What do you do for a living?
AJ: I am technically an apprenticeship coordinator but I also am a teacher, teacher’s assistant, counselor, and substitute at a K-12 charter school. I wear many, many hats.
SL: What got you interested in community theater?
AJ: I have been on stage singing and dancing since I was a kid but never had the guts to try acting other than when I went to New Zealand and Australia as a member of a choir and drama team. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I decided to give community theater a go. I am glad that I did.
SL: What was the first role that you ever acted in?
AJ: My “official” theater part was a member of the choir and a townsperson in Our Town at Boise Little Theater. My first speaking part was in Absence of a Cello at Stage Coach Theatre. But I like to think that a role that I played in my Government class my senior year was my first role. We were given real life court cases to enact for the school. I had to give a testimony to the court which entailed describing how my Down Syndrome brother killed himself accidentally with a shot gun that was sold to him. For some reason I got completely into the testimony and had other students crying. What a powerful moment!
SL: What was the strangest role you ever took on?
AJ: I haven’t had one just yet. Ask me again in a few years.
SL: What type of genre do you prefer? (drama, comedy, musical..) and why?
AJ: One of the best feelings is getting a laugh out of someone but I have to say that being able to move someone emotionally tops that. When you can be a part of something that causes an audience member to walk away evaluating the way they look at themselves or how they see the world, then you are part of something influential and powerful.
SL: What show brought you to Stage Coach Theatre?
AJ: I had just finished Our Town at Boise Little Theater and wanted to continue gaining skills in auditioning so I decided that I would go to Absence of a Cello’s auditions. I went solely for the experience and ended up later getting a part.
SL: If you could choose to do any play that you wanted, what would you do? And which character would you be?
AJ: I would want to participate in Faustus as the Good Angel. Since 10th grade English, Doctor Faustus has been one of my favorite books along with Dante’s Inferno. I would enjoy being a visible version of Faustus’ conscience.
SL: Besides acting, do you like to take part in any other aspects of theater? (ie. Stage managing, directing, costumes, etc.)
AJ: I haven’t had the opportunity to do anything other than acting but what I have been able to do that I enjoy is help in set design and costumes. I love how sets and costumes are extensions of the characters and the story, everything from colors to patterns matter.
SL: What other hobbies do you have, when you are not doing theater?
AJ: I love watching TV and movies, usually while I am crocheting. When I am not a couch potato I am either in dance class, reading, listening to music, or writing.
SL: If you could choose any movie star in the world to play your romantic love interest, who would it be? And Why?
AJ: Hands down, it would be Zachary Levi. I have a soft spot for goofy nerds in Converses.
SL: Are you a dog or a cat person?
AJ: Definitely a dog person! They have so much personality, especially my favorite breed, dachshunds. I have a red and black brindled dachshund named Sir Henry Snickerdoodle. Trust me, he lives up to his name.
SL: What could you not live without?
AJ: I could be serious and cheesy here, but I’m not going to. Instead I am going to babble about how much I need music in my life. If you have spent any time around me you know that I am usually singing or have my iPod near. Music is what wakes me up from my deep sleep, gets me going while I am preparing for the day, entertains me on the way to work, keeps me awake while I sit at my desk, gives me the energy I need to finish out the day, and then soothes me to sleep. It is there to meet me in every mood (I make sure that I have a playlist for whatever mood it might be.) What I love most about music is the way a song can connect you with other people or how you can relate to the lyrics and use it in your life to encourage or celebrate. I love the art form of songwriting and then exhibiting the emotion in song. For me, it is true poetry.
SL: If you had to have one song stuck in your head for the rest of your life, what would it be?
AJ: That is an impossible question! But if I had to choose it would be something upbeat like Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.”