Thoughts, Hopes and Fears Surrounding: Destination Theatre

My love and passion for live theatre brought me to the Destination Theatre course.

I am in my third year at Western, enrolled in the MTP (Media Theory and Production) program in the TV-Broadcasting stream. I first heard about the course when I was enrolled in the English 2041F: Special Topics in Drama course (where the class spent the semester putting on a live theatre production of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth). In that course, Professor Devereux told us about Destination Theatre and it felt like a perfect fit for me.

I have been a part of the Western Theatre/King’s Players community since my first year and I just adore the environment within the shows I have been a part of. I find that the people involved are all very supportive and hard-working in order to put on a successful show.

I hope to experience different types of shows during this course. I have mainly only seen musicals, and a handful of plays. I love going out and being completely mind-blown by the spectacle of live theatre. I feel as though each show shares a different meaning or message that gives a viewer more to think about. After every show I always feel changed (for the better) about the message that was represented in the show. I am hopeful that this course will guide me to outstanding shows that are unlike anything I have seen before, serious shows like Shakespearean tragedies or audience-interactive theatre.

My main fear for the course is not experiencing or exploring England enough, especially on free days. I have never been to Europe before, and worry about getting lost due to my horrible sense of direction. I also have yet to travel alone, so I am fearful of getting mixed up and losing my way from the airport to the meeting spot. I hope the sensation of being lost will encourage me to explore rather than shy away and look for the familiar. However, I am excited to make friends in the course and travel in groups to go out and explore London, England to the fullest.

I am unsure about my feelings towards the food. My other passion in life is food and, although I have heard good things about the pubs in the area, everything sounds so simple and plain to me. I love being adventurous and trying new types of food that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. I am sure that together we will find some of the best restaurants and must-visit attractions, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

I am looking forward to experiencing the culture in England, and interacting with London locals. Although Canada is part of the British monarchy, it seems like the people will be different from what I am used to in Ontario, from the small quirks of their different slang and accents, to the way they represent themselves in the public streets. I am also hoping to make friends with some of the locals to try and understand their perspective.

I am so excited to be a part of this course and know this will be one of the best experiences in my entire university career.