Courtney Ransom Interview

Courtney Ransom
Stage Lines: Where were you born? And Raised?
Courtney Ransom: I was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and grew up in Southeast Idaho. My family moved back and forth from Pokey to Idaho Falls several times until we settled in I.F. for good when I was in the 6th grade.

SL: What brought you back to Idaho?
CR: My wonderful husband, Curtis, and I decided we wanted to move back to Idaho to be closer to family so that we could start a family of our own, buy a house, and domesticate a bit.

SL: What do you do when you aren’t involved in theater?
CR: Curtis and I are both actively looking for employment that will allow us to stay in the Boise area which we have grown to love. I love teaching theatre of any kind to children. I did a lot of teaching in California and have taught a little here in Boise and I love it so much! There is nothing better than watching the joy blossom in a child that discovers how much they love creating and exploring with their imagination! I am also a voracious reader and an avid game player – board games, card games, etc. I love to learn new games and find fun new friends to have game nights with.

Courtney RansomTheater Questions

SL: What got you involved in theater?
CR: I started acting in my living room as a child. I would dress up my two younger brothers and make them act out skits for our mom and dad. There were usually elaborate costumes and props involved. I took a drama class at the first chance I got, which was in Junior High, and was hooked. I took Drama all through Junior High and High School and went on to get my Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Studies and my MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Acting. After finishing Grad School and spending a year with Company Of Fools in Hailey, Idaho, Curtis and I moved to Los Angeles to follow our dream of making it big. I did a lot of film and television work while there, but no theatre. So when we auditioned for Movie Game at Stage Coach, it had been four years since I’d been on stage. Having a vibrant theatre scene to immerse ourselves in was one of the things that drew us to Boise.

SL: What was the first play you ever acted in?
CR: The very first play I was in was You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, in Junior High. I played “Snoopy.” My Mom tells me she turned to my Dad about 15 minutes into the show said “I had no idea she could do this, did you?” I am the only one in my family who loves to be on a stage entertaining people. I guess I must have gotten their share of the bug, because I don’t think I could ever NOT do what I do.

SL: What was the best role you ever played?
CR: This is a hard one to answer, because I have loved so many of the characters I have had the fortunate opportunity of sharing with an audience. I have played so many different kinds of people and beings. I have been a nun (several times over), a fairy, a lawyer, a couple different old ladies, a raven, a man, a boy, a country wench, a mother, a saucy maid, a secretary, a demon, and many other wonderful people. I have been able to explore some wonderful stories and live the lives of some amazing people – if only for the two hours of performance and weeks of discovery in rehearsal. I find my greatest joy in the process, and have learned something from every life I have shared and every story I have told.

SL: Do you like to participate in other aspects of a show? (ie. Directing, costumes, technical work)
CR: I have been involved in just about every aspect of theatre from helping to build the set to costume design to running a light board during a show to running sound during a show to stage managing to directing to acting. While the technical side of theatre is my least favorite, I think it is important for every actor to have the experience of doing EVERY aspect or job at least once so that they can appreciate the hard work and dedication that each and every practitioner brings to the whole. I truly enjoy directing, and hope to have the opportunity to direct adults again soon, as I have spent the last several years directing children’s shows. But I am sure it will come as no surprise that acting is my first love and where I find my greatest fulfillment.

Courtney RansomSL: What was the oddest role you ever played?
CR: Believe it or not, the nuns that I have played were all a little odd somehow. One thought she had been impregnated by a heavenly being and then killed her own baby (Agnes of God), one was beaten to death with a shovel by her housekeeper after falling in love with a priest (The Runner Stumbles), and the other one had amnesia because a crucifix fell on her head and she joked about being able to hide her own Easter eggs (Nunsense III).
SL: In Jacob Marley, you play a demon like character. Do you prefer playing the villain or the good guy?
CR: While I have played some very sweet characters that were definitely the “good guy” and had a terrific time doing so, it is absolutely delightful to play the villain or antagonist. I guess there is a little demon inside me that loves the chance to come out and play every once in a while!

Personal Questions

SL: I know you have been on-screen as well, which do you prefer? Live theater or film?
CR: They are such different animals from each other. Of course there are some similarities, but there are also VAST differences. And there are things that I like about both. In film, you get the opportunity to do something again and again until you and/or the director thinks it’s perfect. The perfectionist in me loves this about film. But there is truly nothing like the intimacy and thrill of having a living and breathing and responding audience in the palm of your hands during a show. That instantaneous gratification and the give and take you have with a live audience is very rewarding to me. Plus, it is also so challenging and fun when things go wrong (as they often do in live theatre) and you have to adapt and quickly think of a way to right said wrong without the audience catching on to the fact that you didn’t mean to do it that way in the first place.
SL: Have you met any famous celebrities?
CR: Many. I worked on a lot of television series and movies while we lived in Los Angeles. I had some very pleasant experiences with many famous celebrities. Some favorites are the wonderful and very caring and charismatic James Woods on Shark, working with David Mamet on an episode of The Unit where he and I actually spoke several times and I actually got to be directed by him, watching Hugh Laurie belly dance with the dancers he hired to entertain the cast and crew during the season finale episode of House that I worked on, and having a quick conversation with William Shatner about his adorable granddaughter who was in one of my classes at the time that I worked on an episode of Boston Legal. I also taught several children and grandchildren of famous celebrities. I have brushed shoulders with some remarkably talented individuals.
SL: If you could play on-screen opposite of any famous movie star who would that be and why?
CR: Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, or Sir Anthony Hopkins. They are all so amazingly talented and I have been a HUGE fan of all three of these exceptional actors for more years than I can count. It would be such an honor to work on the craft that I love so much with these iconic actors who also love the work they do. Word cannot describe how happy I will be when I have the opportunity to do so. (Gotta dream big, right?!)
SL: If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?
CR: I have been saying for years that someone needs to invent a teleportation device. If I could choose any super power, it would definitely be teleportation. I have so many wonderful family members and dear friends spread across this big old country that it would be wonderful to be able to just pop in for a visit whenever the mood struck. Plus, it would be a much faster and efficient way to travel the world, which is something I fully intend on doing before I leave it!
SL: If you could travel to anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
CR: So many places have fascinated or captivated me throughout my life that I could literally spend years seeing all the places I would love to visit. So as not to bore the faithful readers of this newsletter, I will just give you the short list: Greece, Egypt, Scotland, Ireland, Machu Pichu, The Louvre, Venice, and New York City. It would also be magical to visit London and the places that The Bogle and Marley visit during this show. I hope that our audiences have as wonderful and magical time visiting those places with us as I have had exploring and discovering this delightful character’s journey.