The Pickwyck chatted with the talented Ciara Renée about her past roles as the Leading Player in Pippin, The Witch in Big Fish and Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, weaknesses she would like to improve on and advice she would give to aspiring young performers.
When did you first discover theater? Do you come from an artistic/musically inclined family?
What was your first job? (Non-theater related.)
What are some of your favorite musicals and plays, and why are they your favorites?
During your time at Baldwin Wallace University, did you receive any advice or learn any valuable lessons that you have carried with you in your career?
What is your go-to audition song or piece?
What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?
If you could star in any book or movie stage adaption, what would it be and why?
We here at The Pickwyck absolutely loved Big Fish. Especially your part as the Witch. Your voice is incredible. So, with that being said, what was working on that production like? What was one thing you learned about yourself as performer, and personally, from that experience?
You portrayed the Leading Player in Pippin. What did you take away from this experience?
In previous productions of Pippin (try saying that three times fast) the Leading Player was portrayed by a male actor. In your opinion, what does changing the gender of this character bring to this production?
What were your feelings on portraying this character? Did you feel a sense of connection to her? Any similarities between the two of you?
What has been one character you have portrayed that you felt the most connection to and why?
What was it like bringing Esmeralda to life on stage?
What are some weaknesses of yours that you would like to improve upon?
If you could play any role, regardless of gender, what would it be and why?
If you could switch roles with any former cast mate in a previous production you have been in for one performance, who would it be and why?
What is a piece of advice you can give to those who want to go into theater?