A Chat with Theatre School Instructor (and Princess) – Laura!

September 14th, 2010

A new year of theatre school is just around the corner with our fall session starting in less than a week. We can’t wait to have you join us!

In anticipation we have done an interview with one of Carousel’s most experienced theatre school teachers Laura Jaszcz (‘yaw-sh’).

Laura Jaszcz = Awesome

A little bit more about Laura:
Laura is an actor and instructor, last seen as ‘Justine’ in The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, with over ten years of arts education experience for Arts Umbrella, Carousel Theatre and other centres. Laura has performed with Carousel Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, and others, along with television/film roles.

Allan Zinyk (Dragon) and Laura Jaszcz (Princess) in Munsch Alley. Carousel Theatre 2009. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Josue Laboucane (Sheriff of Nottingham) and Laura Jaszcz (Justine) in The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, 2010. Photo by Tim Matheson.

How long have you been teaching at Carousel Theatre?
The official answer is about 13 years now, but I have been leading workshops in differing acting disciplines for almost 18 years now.

I know that you’re a super awesome actor (humble, “aw shucks!” smile) as well as a theatre instructor.  Can you tell me about how one complements the other?

Humour! The acting gives you the ability to think on your feet and adapt to the changing needs of the classroom in the moment, but most importantly to laugh at yourself and the curve balls you are thrown during teaching.

What age do you normally teach?
I tend to stick to ages 6 years and younger. Preschool is my specialty, because I think like a 3 year old and behave like a 5 year old.

What’s your favourite Carousel Theatre costume in the costume cabinet?
the big blue tutu, which I wear on my head like a wig…I’ve always wanted to have blue hair.

What’s your favourite memory from all of your years of teaching?
I mentioned I was interested in learning Swedish, and a little girl brought me a picture book of hers from Sweden. When I looked at the book, I saw picture of a giraffe with the caption “giraff”. So I wryly asked her to help me pronounce “giraff”-But she looked up at me, just shook her head and told me, “Laura, You have to sound it out.”

Do you have a favourite story that you do with your kids?
The Paper Bag Princess! (of course!)

What are you looking forward to the most about the fall session of theatre school at Carousel?
Telling a whole new group of kids The Paper Bag Princess!

We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces arriving in our hallways in the next few weeks!

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