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Coasting : Issue 13 July 2010
central coast • new south wales COASTING COVER STORY Felicity Ward A funny thing happened By DAVID STEWART 4 HOME GROUND: Ward is pictured at Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford, a venue that she says she has "nothing but affection for". Just don't tell her to "break a leg..." Picture by Aaron Brown. She can laugh about it now, but Central Coast comic Felicity Ward long had plans to become a serious actor. In fact, for 15 years she planned for it, trained, honed her skills, and auditioned. But progress was, err... slow. Her entry into the world of comedy, on the other hand, was totally unplanned and perhaps even bordering on illegal. But progress was instant. "I tried acting for about 15 years and didn't really progress," Ward, 29, said. "In fact, I don't think I've ever been paid professionally as an actor. "And then I did the first comedy performance of my life in September, 2004, and by October, 2005, the first episode of The Ronnie Johns Half Hour was going to air. "So, it was 15 years verses 13 months!" Ward said she got the message. The statistics, in this case, didn't lie. "I was like 'Alright, Universe! I get it. I'm supposed to do comedy. Ha, ha, ha. I get it!'." When the universe comes calling, you'd better listen. What a drama Ward left Gosford High School at the end of year 10 to join McDonald College, at Strathfield, an independent high school which provides specialist tuition in the performing arts. "We'd have dance-offs every day at lunch, and just pretend that I was in Fame, really," Ward recalled. Everything was going to plan. Well, at least until she graduated. "I then auditioned for drama schools, but just didn't get in to any of them," she said. "In fact, I didn't get past the first round of auditions at any of them..." So, Ward raised the stakes. At age 20 she decided to leave her Central Coast home and moved to Sydney. The plan, now, was to get herself an agent, and become an actor that way. A few performances in amateur plays led to nothing. Or so she thought. A colleague from one of those productions encouraged her to auditio for the Sydney University Arts Review. Despite fears that she wo be exposed as an illegal entrant because she was student at the uni, Ward to the invitation. "What I didn't know was t a uni review is basically just a sketch show," Ward said. "And I'd never done straight comedy before. It occurred to me to do stra "Then I did it, and people laughed. It was easier than thinking 'Yeah, I could do t do this!' "It didn't feel as noble as a said. "But that's how I fell PUNCH LINE: Felicity Ward grew up at Hardys Bay and Killcare, but she refers to Woy Woy in her routines because it is the nearest big town in the area that is widely known.
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