Bella’s Blog #1

This fall, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming a high school student intern from Wildwood School in West LA. She will be documenting her journey here at the Odyssey in a series of blogs. Check out her first entry below!

Hello Odyssey Theatre attendees! My name is Bella Grace Harris and I have been interning in the Odyssey production office since September. I am seventeen years old and a junior at Wildwood School. My school gives the amazing opportunity during junior year to do an internship once a week over the course of a semester. I was given a multitude of choices throughout all parts of the entertainment industry, but my top choice was the Odyssey Theatre because of my passion for theatre.

I have been an actress since before I can remember. Theatre is my passion and my savior and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Being a well informed performer, I know that actors are not the only thing that go into a production. Each person, from the usher to the director, provides a specific, necessary artistic component to the final piece. I have not had a lot of exposure to the production side of theatre and thought that interning at the Odyssey would satisfy my curiosity.

Towards the beginning of my internship, I was thrown right into the costume department. I sewed clasps and buttons on costumes of the all-female production of “Hamlet” which had fallen off. Then, I did all the classic intern tasks. I copied receipts, organized file cabinets, shredded papers, made stage manager copies, and learned about the Equity requirements to put on a production. Then a few weeks ago, I was asked to organize the costume trailer. Now this is no small task. I knew that at this point I was in the thick of things. From copying to costumes, I felt like I was a part of everything possible, until this week when I started helping out in the marketing department.

Now I am in the thick of things, helping with outreach for the Odyssey’s production of “Creditors” by August Strindberg, and I am learning so much. I find myself looking forward to Wednesdays, when I know I’ll be able to learn something new about the world I love. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll go into marketing, or production, or even directing! But for, now I am an actress/intern at the Odyssey Theatre and this is just the beginning for me.

Bella Grace Harris
Wildwood School – Class of 2015