Meet the Cast of of Bottled Up – Rhonda Kozuska is Brenda

rhondaWhat is your role in this production? I play the role of Brenda in Bottled Up. Brenda is a bitter, terminal, alcoholic single mother who was abandoned by her own mother. She had issues being raised by her father which is evident in her relationship with her daughter, Kimberley.

What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? Although I enjoyed being part of productions throughout my school years, all of that became a distant memory when I got married and started raising my girls. Now that they have grown and are pursuing their own things, I now have time again to commit to the theatre world. In 2012 I saw a little ad in our community newspaper advertising auditions for St. Albert Dinner Theatre. I took a leap and ended up getting a small part in my first play, and over the last 4 years have gone on to be involved both on and off the stage with St. Albert Dinner Theatre. Last December I got to check a big one off my bucket list by performing in a Musical: Mary Poppins at Festival Place. Although I enjoy performing in plays, I also love to sing and dance; it just makes me happy! Although I have auditioned for Walterdale shows in the past, this is my first appearance on Walterdale’s stage.

What brought you out for this show? To Walterdale?  I have seen many productions at Walterdale, and have always been so impressed by the quality of the shows, and how intimate the theatre is. Of course the historical nature of the theatre is not to be denied, and to be a part of Walterdales’s enormous family is very special. I was interested in auditioning for the show because I have always thought the Cradle to Stage festival is such a great supporter of local and upcoming playwrights.  I also enjoyed the concept of participating in a one-act; which still has us going through the process, but in a smaller scope.  The synopsis of Bottled up had me very curious about how the story would be told, and how the questions would be resolved by the end of the show.

What will audiences take away from the show? Why should they come see it? Audience members will experience varied emotions while watching this clever and emotional play. They may likely feel that some of the  issues in this show hit very close to home.  They will also possibly identify with how toxic relationships can still be filled with love and hope. I think we have all at some time asked ourselves the question “I wonder what would have happened IF……”.  This play will conclude with a shocking answer to that question.


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