In the first of a series of guest posts from the Romeo & Juliet company BFA Acting Candidate Barbara Kozicki talks about the rehearsal process:
I was quite simply thrilled when the role of Friar Lawrence was offered to me. Right from the start Catriona Leger, the director, decided I would not pretend to be a man for the part, so the concept of Sister Lawrence was born, and along with it the task of creating an entirely new “religion” for the world of Romeo & Juliet.
As a director Catriona constantly encourages us actors to make bold choices and try crazy new things. As I work on the show I really feel like I have an opportunity to put forth ideas and contribute to the creative process. I have to admit that with all this freedom, I felt a little overwhelmed in the first few weeks of rehearsal.
In the beginning I just didn’t know where to begin. Slowly I started incorporating ideas from Wicca and Druidism with varying degrees of success. During my research I went to a few church services, spent time with a shaman and watched videos of pagan rituals. We are still a few weeks away from opening night and I finally feel like the foundation of our un-named order has been constructed and I am excited to watch it evolve.
— Barbara Kozicki
Note: Barbara is in her intermediate year of the BFA Acting Program and will be performing on the Telus Studio Theatre stage for the first time in Romeo & Juliet which opens January 21, 2010. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Barbara is an accomplished fire dancer, poi performer and corporate entertainer. Previous credits include The Laramie Project (Theatre at UBC), Little House on the Prairie (Disney) and Comeback Season (Accent Entertainment). She can next be seen in Theatre at UBC’s production of Arms and the Man. http://www.firedancer.ca