In Part 6 of a series of interviews with the cast of Boeing, Boeing at Montgomery Playhouse, meet Corrie Bolcik.
Please introduce yourself and tell our readers where they may have seen you in the past year on local stages?
Welcome aboard! My name is Corrie, and within the last year, you would not have seen me in anything. I love acting, but I haven’t been in shows on a regular basis for a few years actually. I’ve missed the rush and am so glad to get back on stage and working with such a talented group of people!
Why did you want to be part of Montgomery Playhouse’s production of Boeing, Boeing?
I am fairly new to the area and wanted to explore different interests I had, such as acting. After doing some research online, I stumbled across the audition posting for Boeing, Boeing. Naturally, I had to do a little research about the show and after I read a version of the script, I knew I had to audition. It’s such a unique, smart, and quirky show.
What did you perform at your audition and where were you when you got the call that you had the role?
The auditions were cold readings from the script. The most reading I did at the audition was actually for Jacqueline, but I also read for Janet, and once for Judith. Interestingly enough, when I got the first call about the casting, I was told I did not get a role in the show, but I absolutely still had plans for auditioning with Montgomery Playhouse in the future. However, much to my surprise and excitement, I got a call two days later as I was leaving work, offering the role of Janet! I immediately accepted!
Who do you play in the show and how do you relate to your character?
I play Janet, the American air hostess. Janet is one of a kind, but I would say that I relate to her, and the other airline hostesses, because she has a desire to explore the world. I want to be very well traveled in my lifetime.
What advice and suggestions did Director Lisa Holland give you that helped you prepare for your role? Have you worked with Lisa before? And how would you describe her style of directing?
This is my first time working with Lisa, and she is an AMAZING director. From the beginning, she suggested we all give our characters life by creating their personal back stories, favorite and least favorite things, and a list of adjectives to describe them. The whole process Lisa suggested has really helped me become Janet while on stage. I would describe Lisa’s style of directing as visionary. She has such a clear vision for the show, and it’s such a great vision! With that being said, she’s also a great director because she is open minded to our characters improvising at times and trying different things…she lets us know what’s working and what could be working even better!
Have you appeared in or seen other productions of Boeing Boeing before and who did you play and how is this production different and unique?
I have not.
What is your favorite scene in the show that you are not in and what is your favorite scene that you are in?
My favorite scene of the show that I am not in is any scene that Bernard, Robert, and Bertha are in. THEY. ARE. HILARIOUS. Jason, Jim, and Anne do those characters and scenes such justice! My favorite scene that I am in is very difficult to choose. I would have to say though, the scene when she and Robert are “having a little conversation” and then Bernard and Bertha come in is very fun! Janet completely accommodates to the situation!
Which character in the show is most like you and why?
Without a doubt, Robert. He’s really starts off as an awkward guy who has a huge heart. I think I could relate to that.
What do you admire most about your fellow castmates’ performances?
EVERYTHING. Each cast member has done such an amazing job embodying their characters in every way. When each actor is performing, you truly get a sense of who these characters are, their goals, and how they’re trying to get what they want.
How did you prepare for your role and what were the biggest challenges you faced and how did you resolve them?
I’m the only American in the show, but Lisa and I felt like Janet could have more depth by giving her a little more Southern Belle. I definitely practiced that quite a bit, almost exclusively outside of work…which my friends and family absolutely LOVED. By far, the biggest challenge was that Janet has many personality traits that I do not share. She’s very “saucy” and I’m not at all. It was a challenge to channel her personality, but I was able to do it after many rehearsals and feedback from Lisa. Also, I’m a big music person, so a lot of the time, I prepared for my role by listening to music that I think Janet would identify with. She’s confident, extroverted, a bit of a party girl, and completely in control.
Why should audience goers bring their families to see Boeing Boeing?
I would say that Boeing, Boeing is a great date night show…it’ll make you very grateful for how uncomplicated your relationship is!
Boeing Boeing plays from February 13-March 1, 2015 at The Montgomery Playhouse performing at The Gaithersburg Arts Barn-311 Kent Square Road, in Gaithersburg, MD. For tickets, call (301) 258-6394, or purchase them online.
Meet the Cast of ‘Boeing, Boeing’ at Montgomery Playhouse: Part 1: Renetta Morelli.
Meet the Cast of ‘Boeing, Boeing’ at Montgomery Playhouse: Part 2: Jim Breen.
Meet the Cast of ‘Boeing, Boeing’ at Montgomery Playhouse: Part 3: Anne Vandercook
Meet the Cast of ‘Boeing, Boeing’ at Montgomery Playhouse: Part 4: Christina Fox.
Meet the Cast of ‘Boeing, Boeing’ at Montgomery Playhouse: Part 5: Jason Damaso.
Meet the Cast of ‘Boeing, Boeing’ at Montgomery Playhouse: Part 6: Corrie Bolcik.
‘Boeing, Boeing’ Opens Tomorrow Friday, 2/13 at Montgomery Playhouse-Meet the Cast: Renetta Morelli, Jim Breen, Anne Vandercook, Christina Fox, Jason Damaso, and Corrie Bolcik.