Quick Queries with…. Melissa Oei
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!
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.
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.