￼Tell us what you most enjoyed about your YAP experience:
I have spent almost a month as a Youth Apprentice with Odyssey and have loved every minute of it. I especially love how involved they encourage you to be, and how involved they help you to be. I started my apprenticeship working with the set builder/technical director Scottie Mitchell and, for the first time in all my theatre experiences, I was able to help build the set. I was shown how to look at the designs and plan out the building process. I was helping put together parts of the set, working with one set piece while Scottie finished another. Once the set was built I was encouraged to lend a hand with whatever was needed; I got moved to the job of Sound Operator and have been learning constantly. Regardless of what field you are in people will always help you learn about everything going on and you are always encouraged to observe and ask questions so you learn a bit about everything.
Tell us what you have learned to date:
I have learned so much throughout this experience not only about the process of building a set but also how much physical work it really is to build a set up, and trouble shooting problems as you build. It’s demanding work but in the end it is a truly brilliant experience for anyone who is thinking about a career in theatre. I learned very quickly how much you have to alter designs and plans as you go, because sometimes the designs just don’t turn out exactly how they were wanted, so you need to move around and do what you can to make the director’s vision come true. I have seen how lighting and sound can alter the mood of a set, and how important it is to experiment with lighting to make sure your actors look perfect! Sound cues and levels change the mood of the set, and it takes time to go over each sound cue so that levels are ready for the show.
Tell us if you would recommend it to friends:
I would very quickly recommend this program, or any work with Odyssey to anyone interested in theatre work. I have learned so much from the experience, and was amazed by how incredibly welcoming everyone is. The actors will strike up conversations with you, everyone will answer questions about the work, you can ask the lighting designer, set designer, director, stage manager, and they will all talk to you about the work their doing and what its like being in the industry. The people so quickly become like family. They are all so kind and so much fun to work with, you deal with rain, blazing sun, long hours, and hard work but you have so much fun working that it doesn’t faze you for a minute. I would recommend the program to anyone of my friends, or anyone interested in this work in a heartbeat.