THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- BIG FISH's Ciara Renee
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As With Your Favorite Broadway Stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
It was MARY POPPINS on a school field trip in high school. I loved the show, and the amazing set. She flew, and Bert tapped upside-down! It solidified the idea that theatre is a professional career I could pursue. It's also kinda perfect that the music director of MP ended up being my college program director's husband!
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
I have to be honest, I don't necessarily have a ritual. I mean I warm up physically and vocally (a LOT vocally) and then do whatever else I feel I have time for or need. Some days I'll play guitar, other days I'll snack and watch UpWorthy videos. Other days, I just kind of sit in silence and meditate a bit.
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
I'm sure there have been plenty of these kinds of moments, but I feel like I always black-out during them so I can't say I remember many! There was a time doing PASSING STRANGE at the 14th Street Theatre in Cleveland when I came down with some ridiculous illness, akin to bronchitis, and I could barely speak. I made the choice to just go on and try! Luckily, the show is very acting/scene heavy and not necessarily the most vocally challenging piece I've ever done. Still, there were many squeaks and a few whisper-sung numbers, but the show did go on.
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
It is absolutely necessary that I play 'Elphaba' before I die. Isn't that appropriate, since I'm already playing a witch!? Clearly, she's a very different witch from the one I play now, but I've loved her from the moment I watched a bootleg of Idina's first performance so many years ago. (Can I say that? lol) There are only two other characters I love as much as 'Elphie' - 'Mimi' and 'Velma' - but I've already gotten to play 'Mimi' twice (though I certainly wouldn't mind playing her again).
Who is your Broadway crush?
Like a talent crush? That would definitely be Norbert [Leo Butz], Haha! Working with him has been an absolute joy and a total learning experience. I don't think I've ever respected an actor more than I do with Norbert. He's fun, intelligent, so good at going with the flow and improvising when needed.
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