Theatre Student Thrives Beyond the Stage
Dominique Thomas of Kirkwood, Mo., does more than just act in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance. He is a jack-of-all-trades.
If Dominique is not on the stage, one can bet he has a role with the production in some way, whether it be by assisting in the production’s set construction, creating some of the its costumes, selling the production’s tickets at the River Campus Box Office or ushering at the shows.
He is also the alumni relations officer for the University Players, was a member of the University Choir as a freshman and co-founded the University Show Choir.
“The opportunities are endless. I can never say I don’t have something to do because there is always something going on in theatre, and the professors are always willing to help,” Dominique said.
Dominique, who is majoring in musical theatre at Southeast, began acting when he was a sophomore in high school. Ironically, he was reluctant until his friend forced him to audition for his school’s performance of “Oliver Twist.” His role in that production changed his outlook on theatre, and he jumped at every theatre opportunity thereafter, performing in five plays in his senior year alone.
Dominique thrives on providing entertainment for others.
“I love to entertain people. I really enjoy watching the reactions of the audience,” he said. “I love to step into the shoes of the character and act. It just gives me a rush.”
When Dominique says he steps into the characters’ shoes, he really means it. He says he does extensive research on his characters to ensure he is portraying them properly.
While Dominique has countless great moments on the stage at Southeast, he says he will never forget his first performance on the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage in the production of “Big River.”
“I’ll never forget that feeling. Each of my roles and groups I’m involved in has helped me express myself through a different performance style. I’ve always enjoyed just getting out there and performing,” Dominique said.
This summer, Dominique will take on another role in the Connecticut Rep Theatre’s production of “Rent.” He was will be cast as a member of the musical’s ensemble in a summer internship with the theatre.
Dominique urges other students to “always keep your eyes open for opportunities. You’ll never know who will lend you a favor.”