COLUMBIA — There are few things Jay Oetman won’t do for theater. He has a bruise to prove it, one he acquired from falling down stairs in 4-inch heels.
Oetman has been a member of the Columbia Entertainment Company since spring 2012. He is preparing for his role as Frank-N-Furter in the production of the Rocky Horror Show, which is the company's second production in its 28th season.
The company performed Annie in September, and Oetman played the character of Rooster.
Oetman grew up in western Michigan as part of a conservative Seventh-day Adventist family. Because of their observance of the Sabbath from Friday to Saturday at sundown, he only got involved with theater when he went to college.
In addition to acting, Oetman teaches English at Moberly Area Community College. He said that teaching is also performance in the way that it’s meant to inspire and motivate.
“It’s the desire to help people know themselves,” Oetman said.
Inspired by actors such as Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Olivier, Oetman said he always wanted to be an actor.
In regards to Rocky Horror, Oetman’s boyfriend Zee Scott said that Oetman is stepping out of his normal role on stage, but that he thinks he will do a phenomenal job.
“It’s really everything that he wants to do and what he loves to do,” Scott said.
Oetman and Scott met in Missouri and have been together for about three and a half years. Oetman said Scott has always been there for him.
“My boyfriend’s been very supportive,” Oetman said. “He’s my rock.”