Quick Queries with…. Melissa Oei

September 18th, 2009

Now it’s Melissa’s turn! The Carousel fam may recognize Melissa Oei as the squeaky-voiced Mrs. Mayor from our hit production of Seussical: The Musical.  Melissa’s back with us for Love You Forever… and More Munsch! which opens on October 3rd.

Melissa had a bit of free time in her rehearsal schedule today to take a shot at answering the submitted questions that Ella answered yesterday. Where did these questions come from? Why- our (shameless plug) Carousel Theatre Facebook group!

Melissa Oei!

Melissa Oei!

What is your most favourite book in the entire world from when you were little? (Submitted by Carousel Theatre- we like to know!)

Answer:  My favourite was a book called Monsters Come in Many Colours.  Most people have probably never heard of it!  It was just a little book from the Sesame Street collection, and I used to read it over and over and over again.  I still the same copy from when I was little (with a couple pages missing – that’s how well used it is!)

CT: What was the worst mess you ever made when you were a child? (Submitted by Genevieve Fleming)

Answer:  Actually, I think I was a pretty neat child.  My mother may disagree with me, but I don’t remember ever getting in huge trouble for making a huge mess.  But of course, like most teenagers, I had to be told to clean my room or pick up my stuff around the house more than a few times.

Melissa Oei as a wee one!

Melissa Oei as a wee one!

CT: What will you love forever? (Submitted by Ben Elliott)

Answer: My family, including my old cat Smudge.  (She’s not around anymore, but I still think of her and love her!)  And my boyfriend Gaelan… he’s the most amazing person I’ve ever known, and I will definitely love him forever!

CT: What is your favourite Robert Munsch story? (Submitted by Steven Greenfield)

Answer:  I actually didn’t grow up reading Robert Munsch, so this past year I have been reading a lot of his stories, and I feel like a kid again.  It’s hard to say which one is my favourite because they are all great!!

CT: When did you decide that you wanted to be an actor? (Submitted by Chelsea Haberlin)

Answer: Hmmm…  I think I wanted to be an actor before I even knew what that was.  I was the youngest of three kids by a few years, so when I was little I spent a lot of time playing by myself.  I loved to create stories and make up characters and then play them out. But I was SERIOUS about it, and unlike Mortimer, I had a pretty long attention span for it.  I had the same character I loved to play for years (an alter ego you might say) and she kinda grew up with me.  It wasn’t until after I graduated high school that I realized acting was an actual profession, so I started thinking about pursuing it seriously.

CT: What was the first play you ever saw? (Submitted by Jessie van Rijn)

Answer: My sister’s high school production of The Hobbit.  SHe played a dwarf.  I loved going to see all her plays, and I couldn’t wait to get to high school so I could take acting classes and be in plays too.  She really inspired my venture in to acting and theatre.

Thanks Melissa!

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