Meet Nathan Cockroft

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Posted by: Elizabeth Jankovic on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:45:00 am

Nathan Cockroft plays Sky (Sophie's boyfriend) in Mamma Mia!  

Sky and Sophie (Mariah MacFarlane)

Hey, I grew up in Greeley, CO in the foothills of the Rockies. My family owns a dairy farm, so I spent my time evenly between the farm and town as a child. I have a twin sister; growing up we were very musical, and we often passed our time singing and dancing. Naturally, growing up in Colorado, I spent a lot of time hiking and camping in the mountains and fostering a love of the outdoors. Nothing makes me happier than the aspens changing color in the fall!

As far as my career, I became an actor kind of by chance. I had a lot of varying interests growing up, and I stumbled upon theater in middle school, and started actively pursuing it in high school. I actually didn't start voice or dance training until I started college at Oklahoma City University. From there, I've kept fairly busy working regionally and on board Disney Cruise Lines in their stage productions! 

I first heard of Mamma Mia! during college, and was aware of the Broadway and touring productions when I moved to the city; however, I had never seen a production until I started here at WBT.

I have seen the movie, and I enjoyed its fun energy. I know that this show has inspired a sort of cult following with the popular ABBA score, and I'm excited whenever any show gets a film expansion to the franchise. I think it's so exciting when this art form can reach the masses in every way possible.

Some of my favorite shows are by Stephen Sondheim; I am a huge fan of his prolific shows, and would have to say that many hold dream roles of mine. It's never easy to hone in on just one dream role in the large spectrum of theater. My real dream is to help create a role from its inception and originate that role. There's a real freedom and sense of ownership in breathing life into an idea and giving it a physical form!

When I'm offstage, I'm a complete outdoors person; I love running, hiking, biking, being outside. My personal favorite is sitting under a tree with an iced coffee and a great book I can get lost in!

Some music I have currently been listening to is a blend of Marc Broussard, Ed Sheeran, and Christopher!

 

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