Meet Emma Carew – Claire Rybicki
Who is Claire?
By day, I am a primary school teacher and outside of my profession, I am a huge theatre nerd! I studied performing arts at university and my teacher training followed this. I live, breathe and eat theatre! It is fantastic to be able to do this for a hobby and still enjoy the passion of performing.
Tell us about your time with BMTG
I joined BMTG in 2012 for their autumn concert, ‘Come Fly With Glee’ and haven’t looked back since. Since joining, I have had the chance to play some great parts and sing some brilliant songs in concerts. I am fortunate to be able to have such an interesting hobby that I can enjoy with all the friends that I’ve made through the society.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
Our version feels like it has been updated a little bit. We have avoided quite a few of the clichés by using the chorus creatively and not portraying the usual character stereotypes that other productions of this have chosen to do.
Why did you want to be involved in this production?
When I heard that we had chosen this show, I was excited about doing something darker. Our recent shows (The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up and Spamalot) have all been great comedy shows but it was about time we ventured into something with more meaning. I love how it is such a different style to what we have done in a long time and the music is very powerful.
You are playing Emma Carew. What do you love about your character?
She is a modern woman for that time. She is educated, opinionated and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
What has been the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
I think at first she seems quite two dimensional so I feel it’s been a challenge to make her more rounded. The singing has also been a challenge because the some of the score is very high and that has made me use parts of my voice that I haven’t used for a long time.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite musical and why?That’s a horrible question for a musical theatre nerd as there are too many to choose from! Les Miserables has always been one of my favourites because it’s just so moving and passionate. Every time I watch it I want to join in the revolution. Although at present, Hamilton is life!
Who in the show is most like their character?
John Henson because I think he can act quite fatherly towards me in rehearsals. He reassures me a lot in rehearsals and always checks that I’m ok. It’s been lovely performing with him again after so long.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Legally Blonde or Avenue Q. I love both of these shows and would jump at the chance to play Elle Woods or Kate Monster.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage and the curtain goes up?
I guess I run over my lines before I go on. I am crazily superstitious during show week and my OCD varies from each show. I have routine and that routine cannot be broken.
Claire, you have been with BMTG for a long time. What has kept you with the society?
For me, BMTG is has helped me meet some lovely people. I have made some brilliant friends through the society and I love how we are always striving to improve our performances. I cannot wait to perform Jekyll and will be returning for Thoroughly Modern Millie in October.
Claire’s full BMTG history:
Come Fly with Glee – Solo songs / Ensemble
Westend Magic – Solo songs / Ensemble
The Pirates of Penzance – Edith
Jukebox – Solo songs / Ensemble
New York New York – Solo songs / Ensemble
Into The Woods – Cinderella
Lights Camera Action – Solo songs / Ensemble
The Wedding Singer – Julia Sullivan
All Shook Up – Lorraine
Jekyll & Hyde – Emma Carew
Thoroughly Modern Millie – Ensemble (upcoming)