Meet Mary Hulbert – one of our 2013 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program participants who will be appearing in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad presented by Husky Energy. After the first week of rehearsals wrapped up – the ladies are getting more comfortable in the world of The Penelopiad.
Mary describes herself as fair, hopeful, understanding, realistic and tall! You may recognize her from either her television role as an Adventurer of Alberta on Let’s Go Outdoors, or as her other role as a substitute teacher. Mary will be appearing as Helen in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.
1. What are some of your previous acting experiences?
In grade 6 I played the role of Fagin in Oliver. I loved wearing a fake beard and picking a pocket (or two). In theatre school I played Shen-Te/Shui-Ta in The Good Woman of Setzuan. I also wore a fake beard/moustache in that production. I would also like to mention that I played the role of an Avatar goddess in Kevin Kerr’s Spine, where I donned a white unitard catsuit with sassy golden boots. It still is my favourite costume to date.
2. What is your ultimate goal as a performer?
The ultimate goal is to have the audience totally invested in the story. If an audience member checks the time or thinks about doing laundry, or even wonders how much parking is going to cost them – I don’t know if they are entirely captivated. I always love when I’m at a show and I can’t believe that it’s intermission. I have to blink a few times and remember where I am, and then I go get an ice cream bar. I also really love being a hand in getting people to feel things. David Mamet mentions in his book True and False that “A standing ovation can be extorted from the audience. A gasp cannot.” If I can hear random honest expressions from the audience, it makes my day.
3. What do you hope to gain from being a participant?
A personal goal is to strengthen and improve my vocal quality. If I can gain improvement in this area, it would be really satisfying.
4. Do you have any upcoming roles/gigs you would like to share?
The second season of Let’s Go Outdoors premieres mid-February on CTV 2 and Discovery World. I work on this show as an Adventurer of Alberta and get to explore some really fantastic and beautiful sites in our province. Visit www.letsgooutdoors.ca for more information.
5. What is your dream role?
I would love to play the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This is not a joke. A lot of people give Webber a hard time, but Heaven help me, I just love the GOGOGO Joseph medley.
6. What is your all-time favourite production and why?
Aside from the fantastic wonder that Donny Osmond offered me as a 9-year-old child in Joseph (he glided over my head as his amazing coat grew in color at the Jubilee Auditorium- I remember crying), I was also completely blown away by a production of Killer Joe (directed by Jeff Page) that was shown in the Media Room at the U of A. I was totally floored and remember saying “Did that actually just happen?” I was also very moved by La Cite’s recent production of La Liste. Sylvie Drapeau moved me to tears. I wanted to run and hug her afterwards…to comfort her because she had me so invested in her character.
7. If your life story was made into a play – what would it be called, and who would you want to play you?
This sounds dumb, but I would probably call it “The Mary Hulbert Story”, it would most likely be a musical, and I would most definitely audition for the role of Mary Hulbert. I don’t know if I would get the part though. Some people would say that Jane Lynch would play future Mary Hulbert.
8. What’s your guilty pleasure?
There are times where I will not say no to a McDonald’s cheeseburger.
9. Do you have any hobbies or collections you can share with us?
I love mugs. I have a collection of mugs (usually local pottery) from places I have been, and every time I have a coffee or a tea, I hold the warm mug in my hand and think about the time I spent there.
10. What are you most excited about being a part of Penelopiad?
I am really excited to be working with an all-female team. This excites me because I have never done this on such a large or professional scale.
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Catch all of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program Participants in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad presented by Husky Energy. Running from March 30 – April 21, 2013 in the Maclab Theatre. Tickets start at just $35! Get yours today – call the Box Office at 780.425.1820 or click here to get your tickets online.