Michaela Deng – Front of House
They say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. After participating in Odyssey Theatre’s Youth Apprenticeship Program, I agree. I’ve learned that every little job contributes to the final show, and this show could only be made possible with a full team of everyone… from stage managers to ticket sellers. There are countless people working on this play (half of them, I’ve never even met), and it’s simply magical to see how everybody’s share of work molds into something much bigger than you’d expect.
When I first applied, I honestly didn’t know what I was getting into! I thought it’d be “theatre camp”-ish, where every day, we’d fool around… let our creativity run. But, it turned out to be a true, hands-on, learning experience. I found that the trick was to absorb as much as possible; you learn as much as you want to learn because your will and observation all depends on you. And so, even though I didn’t have the chance to come as often as the others, I learned a truckload. I mean, I hammered my first nail on this set! Something I never would’ve expected to do! I feel privileged to have had this opportunity; it has been enlightening.
Something unique that has made this particular production outstanding is the fact that the play is a classic Italian comedy. Now, THAT is some pretty highbrow stuff. You don’t see many ads for those these days! It is said that theatre is becoming more and more underrated and overlooked. It’d be sad to think that beautiful masks and over-the-top costumes, hearty stories, real charisma, and “all that jazz” is slowly being replaced by plastic screens and “one-hit takes”. I, however, have definitely found a shiny, silver lining through Odyssey Theatre’s production of The Fan. The actors are so honest and raw in every rehearsal, the whole crew is so hard-working and dedicated, and the atmosphere is so down-to-earth and composed, yet totally professional at the same time. The setting, Strathcona Park, is so amazing that even the dozens of mosquito bites I get every night are worth it. As cheesy as it sounds, theatre is my bread and butter… the thing that drives me, and so, the idea of this play being a success so far is uplifting! It feels great to be a part of this marvellous masterpiece that Ottawa has been waiting to see unveiled!