Christian Colmenares is a theatre major who has been a very active member of the SAU Theatre Department, as well as the University at large. Colmenares has taken part in several Ambrose productions in his six years at the University. Colmenares has charmed audiences with his comedic sensibilities and kind demeanor, as well as graced the stage with his singing voice.
He has portrayed a wide variety of roles, from the silly O'Jay DeArt in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, to the dashing suitor, Valere, in Moliere's Tartuffe.
"My favorite role I've ever played would have to be Valere in Tartuffe," Colmenares said. "He is such a stupid lover and so over-the-top that it's hard to not like him and feel for him as his whole world seems to come crashing down when he hears he may lose his lover to another man. The amazing costumes were also a really great perk of that show!"
Colmenares definitely had a full SAU experience and looks fondly back at his time at Ambrose.
"My favorite Ambrose theatre memory is back from my freshman year when I sat down on the wrong chair, the fake foam one, in Cat and the Hat, the night before opening and broke the whole thing," Colmenares said. "Kris [Eitrheim] was not happy that night, but he was oh so ready to hand me the Galvin that year with bits of the Styrofoam attached to it."
Colmenares has big plans for after graduation as well.
"After I graduate, I intend on staying in the area and auditioning for local theatres in the Quad Cities for a bit, before spreading my wings elsewhere."
Colmenares has worked very hard at Ambrose and has made many memories.
"My favorite part of being a theatre major is the professors of our Department. They are some of the most caring, inspiring and driven people I've met. They constantly push us to be better artists, and I always feel like I'm valued as a person with them instead of just a number like how it might be at a bigger university," he said.
Outside of SAU theatre, Colmenares has been involved with STAMVOJA, SAU's jazz choir, for several years. He also played Emmet in Central Dewitt community theatre's production of Legally Blonde, in which he was cast opposite of fellow first-year student, Peyton Reese, who was portraying Elle.
Christian Colmenares has had a very full career at St. Ambrose. The Department can't wait to see what he does next!
Colmenares will be featured in TAC's staged reading festival on February 23 at 3 p.m.