Spotlight on ... Steve Roe!

Today’s "Spotlight" is on Steve Roe, the charming and talented actor playing Sebastian in our production of The Little Mermaid!

Steve has been a fan of theatre for the majority of his life. “Musical theatre has inspired me since I saw productions in Toronto, where I grew up,” he says. “I had the opportunity to go see a huge number of great shows with school groups and also saw many that my father played in the pit band for or musically directed himself. I remember thinking when I saw them that I would like to do that someday myself.”

It didn’t take long for Steve to take the stage himself.  “I had my first big role in high school, playing Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha,” Steve says. “I found it to be a very rewarding experience being able to become someone else for a short time, seeing the world through the character’s eyes. I’ve never looked at windmills the same way! I have had many great experiences and roles since then, including playing Javert in Les Miserables with St. Joseph’s Stage Prophets. That has always been my favorite musical, so it was a great thrill for me!”

Though he has been involved in theatre for quite some time, Steve only recently joined us here at QAAW, taking our stage for the first time this past January. “My first show with Quick As A Wink was playing Daddy Warbucks in this year’s production of Annie,” he says. “I was very impressed with the amount of talent in this area and with the professionalism of the theatre company.”

Steve enjoyed his experience with Quick As A Wink so much that he returned to take the stage again, this time in our production of The Little Mermaid. “I hope it won’t interfere with my ‘manly aura’ to say that I was a big Disney buff growing up,” Steve says. “How could it, I guess; I did say “buff” in the same sentence. The Little Mermaid was one of my favorites because it had a good mix of characters, great music, and a meaningful story. I probably watched it three thousand times. The soundtrack was also one of my first CDs that I bought; that probably ages me, but at least I didn’t say 8track.”

Sebastian the Crab is a role that greatly appeals to Steve, and even one he can relate to. “I was very happy to be considered for the role of Sebastian in this production,” he says. “I like characters that have a hard exterior and a soft heart. I have been quoting several of his lines from the movie since its release and sang ‘Under the Sea’ at a talent show way back in the day. Now it seems that I have some life experience to back it up; I’ve had experience conducting - I’m currently the organist for Windsor United Church and have a degree in music from the University of Toronto. I teach music privately - voice, piano, trumpet, organ, and guitar. I also have two small children - and constantly advise them to avoid sharks - and I have been to Jamaica, though whether or not some of the accent rubbed off remains to be seen.”

Steve has a great number of interests and hobbies in addition to theatre and the arts. “I love hating the sports teams that I root for when they don’t win,” he says. “I like it when they win too, of course, but I don’t have a lot of experience with that. I also like playing with my kids, playing music, watching movies, fixing computers, and playing any kind of sport.”

Thank you for all your contributions to Quick As A Wink, Steve! You are a wonderful Sebastian, and we are so happy you returned to QAAW for another show!

Don’t miss your chance to see Steve perform in The Little Mermaid! Performances start at 7pm on June 4th, 10th, and 11th, with matinee performances at 2pm on June 4th, 5th, and 11th! For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.

Stay tuned for more of our “Little Mermaid Spotlight Series” to learn more about the great cast and crew of this production! New “Spotlights” are posted every Tuesday and Saturday.