Then and Now Interviews – Nurse

Alyssa Stranz

Role in CBP’s 2018 Romeo and Juliet: Nurse

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I’m in 11th grade. I am a junior in high school and I am taking PSEO online at Northwestern University. I am hoping to be a teacher of first graders and someday I want to go to Africa. Although I don’t see a career in acting, it has been very beneficial in my life and I want to be a part of it when I can.

Theater has boosted my self-confidence and forced me to be involved in something outside of my normal life. I’ve had to learn to see things from someone else’s point of view, which can be really hard. It has also taught me discipline and self-motivation.

I am learning patience, discipline, perseverance, and many other great qualities. I think all those things apply to life. Waiting in line requires patience, school takes discipline, and everything requires perseverance.

List all the CBP shows you’ve been involved in. List any other theater experiences you have had since participating.

  • Robin Hood  – 2017 (Forester)

What has been one of your favorite memories of being in Romeo and Juliet?

So far, I think learning the dance has been pretty awesome. I’m not a dancer, but I love doing the dance in this show because it’s not something I’m good at or that I am confident in. It helped me learn to be okay with not being the best and that it’s okay to mess up so long as I don’t quit.


Describe the character you play in the show and list some characteristics of your character that you admire.

The Nurse is very upbeat and excited about life. I think she looks to Lady Capulet for approval or just wants her to approve of the way Juliet turned out. She LOVES Juliet no matter how frustrating she can be. She thinks every male is attractive. I think I admire her ability to stand up for Juliet and for herself on a few occasions. I also love how playful she is. I think she loves making people uncomfortable and she’s just an overly fun personality.

What are the challenges are you facing while working on Romeo and Juliet?

I think working with Carla, our director, has been a little challenging because I’ve never worked with her on such an extreme level. This is the first show where I’ve had more than one line and in the past, Carla didn’t give me a lot of direction. She’s really pushing me to work harder, which is really good but it can get hard. I think the other hardest thing has been learning the lines and then thinking about what I’m really saying. It’s been hard to know what my character wants in each scene, which is why working on some of the scenes has been so hard. I don’t know yet what my character wants or who exactly she is, so these early stages of the discovery process have been hard.