Messenger No. 4 – Dramatis Personae – Megan Minto

Name: Megan Minto

Where are you from originally?

That’s a difficult question… My dad was in the Air Force, so we moved around a few times. I was born in California, in the middle of the Mojave Desert. But, to me, home is most likely Fort Walton Beach, FL. We moved there when I was 10, and my mom and sister are still there. When I think the essence of “home town” that’s where my mind goes.

How long have you been in Austin?

I have lived in Austin for six-and-a-half years. Through a crazy series of events, leading from Florida to Georgia to New York to California, I somehow landed in the Lonestar State. I love it, except for the heat!

Who are some of the the folks you’re playing in Messenger No. 4?

I’m playing 16, Messenger No. 4’s sassy ex; Claudius from Hamlet, who I’m hoping will become a little Hitler; and part of a blood-thirsty Greek chorus.

What was the very first show you did ever in your entire life?

I don’t remember the name of my first show, but it was on the cafeteria stage (I was in 2nd grade), and it was a musical about the seasons. I played a green leaf (from a tree). Then, in 4th grade, each student in my class performed a poem in costume. I did the “I think mice are rather nice…” bit, dressed as a mouse. Awesome!

What is the single most fun thing you’ve ever gotten to do on stage?
My mom is pretty conservative, but she’s very supportive of my acting. In college, I was in a production in which my character spends a lot of time talking about her vagina. The night my mom came, I really played those moments up to embarrass her. It worked!

What moment on stage do you wish you could go back and erase from history?

In high school, I was in a production of Guys and Dolls. I played Sarah (the missionary), who has a drunken moment. Sky Masterson picked me up during my tipsy song, and one of my shoes was loose. It flew off, hitting the orchestra conductor in the back of the head. Ouch!