Christine Marchetti

INTRODUCING CHRISTINE MARCHETTI

DLT is happy to have Christine Marchetti returning the stage in our current production of Myth of the Ostrich. Some may remember her from Doubt last season. Please enjoy reading some of her reflections on theatre.

How did it begin?
I’ve been involved in theatre one way or another since I was about four and my mom enrolled me in my first drama class (though she’d tell you it started before then when I’d sing into a spoon while standing on my kid-sized hard luggage as a toddler). My first role was probably “robot” in a duet at my school’s Christmas concert when I was in SK or Grade One. The thrill of live performance got me hooked on theatre right away, and in eighth grade I auditioned for the drama program at my region’s arts school (Unionville High School). The program was, in a word, magic. I learned skills people are fortunate to first learn in university theatre programs when I was still only in my early teens – mask, commedia dell’arte, how to analyze Shakespeare folio, production skills, clown, improv… I’m still close with my classmates from the program because that formative experience built such strong friendships. This is my fourth play with DLT. Other roles are: Elaine (the sassy makeup artist) in Calendar Girls, Clara in Einstein’s Gift, Sister James in Doubt, and now Pam in Myth of the Ostrich.

The valuable lessons of theatre
It’s hard to make friends once you’re an adult and you can’t just shuffle up to someone in the playground (well I guess you could still do that, but it would be really weird). Anyway, I’ve made some incredible friendships through theatre, so I guess it’s taught me how to build adult friendships.

I think theatre also helps us flex and exercise existing skills like resilience, dedication, cooperation, collaboration, trust, and commitment. All these skills are necessary when building a show.

As an adult we often find our respective niche and rarely step out of our comfort zones. Theatre pushes us to take risks, dream pick, and embrace vulnerability. I think it’s important that we stretch and grow on a routine basis. It makes us stronger, better people.

Community theatre, in general, helps us connect with others through a shared experience. It is, literally, community building, and for that reason may it always have deep roots in our communities!

Her dream role
I said just the other night to my cast mates and director that Steel Magnolias is a bucket list show because it’s such a beautiful ensemble. Oh, and I’d love to one day play Sister Aloysius in Doubt (though our incomparable producer Deb Dagenais was tops in this role earlier this year!)

Favourite roles so far
I had the privilege of working with both my children in Oakville Player’s radio play Home Alone back in 2018, which was a special experience I don’t think any of us will ever forget.

Clara in Einstein’s Gift was special because the cast and crew on that production were some of the kindest, most generous theatre people around (and the script was beautiful).

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