As an admininstrative apprentice, I didn’t think I’d get to interact much with the cast or the other apprentices. My fears, however, were quickly dispelled. Not only have I had the priviledge of getting acquainted with everyone in the cast and crew, I also had many opportunities to work alongside my fellow YAPs. During the first four weeks of rehearsal, most of my days were spent at Strathcona Park, helping set up, building the set, and running lines with the actors. I learned to be quick, efficient, and always on call.
Building a set is an experience I’ll always remember. I had never done anything like it before. The energy I had while constructing the large-scale model from scratch was rivalled only by my thrill upon seeing its completion.
It’s exciting to see everything coming together, and I was honoured to have witnessed nearly every step of the process, including behind-the-scenes box office work (which was my main job after the show opened). I have learned so much about what it really takes to put together a show, more than I could have hoped. By being in this environment, I was able to observe how the director eases his actors into their roles, how the managers deal with crises, and how everyone has to work together to get the job done. It’s been an amazing experience and has definitely been one of my most productive summers so far.