My Journey to Destination Theatre

It was a few days before school started that I randomly decided to check my school email account. In my inbox appeared one of the many mass emails that are common throughout the year, usually from faculties and departments that have nothing to do with my own. Reflexively I went to hit the delete button when the subject line caught my eye. As I read through the email I started imagining what it would be like to stroll the streets of London with new friends and take in world-class theatre.

I quickly shook the thought from my mind though. I was a science student; surely I wouldn’t be able to participate in an opportunity like this, having nothing to do with my degree. On top of that was the cost of the trip, which I wasn’t sure I would be able to afford. All of this aside, I decided to look more into the opportunity before making my decision. As you can probably tell, I decided this once in a lifetime opportunity was too good to pass up, leading me to the beginning of my Destination Theatre journey.

My formal experience with the study of live performance begins and ends with a single musical theatre class I took last year on a whim, after needing to fill a time slot for a class I wanted to drop (I was desperately trying to escape organic chemistry). It turns out that course had a much bigger impact on my life than I ever could have imagined. While I always enjoyed watching my friends perform in our high-school’s productions, I had never seen a professional show. Shortly after seeing a professional show together as a class for musical theatre, I found myself looking to see what shows played nearby and soon had a stack of tickets sitting on my nightstand.

I have mostly seen musicals, so one thing I am hoping to get from this course is the experience of viewing a broader range of live theatre. Of course I do hope we get to see a musical or two while we are in London! Another thing I hope to gain is a greater understanding of the general study of theatre because I do not have much formal experience with this. I am also looking forward to being surrounded by classmates who are all just as excited about the shows we will be seeing as I am, and am looking forward to group discussions to help me gain insights I wouldn’t have had on my own.

While I am super excited about Destination Theatre, there are some things that are making me nervous. Being from London, Ontario I have always lived at home during school and have never had to live on my own away from home before. I have also never flown alone before and I’m nervous about finding my way to Queen Mary after landing in London. I am hoping to find some classmates with the same fear so we can tackle this challenge together!

Overall I know this will be the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to see what England has in store for us!