One of my most memorable theatre experiences was at Young People’s Theatre in 2001 when, then Artistic Director Pierre Tetrault, invited me to be his Assistant Director on the production of Ghost Train. This was near the beginning of my theatre directing career when I was exploring the question: “How to make spirituality theatrical?”. The play Ghost Train by Betty Quan and based on the book by Paul Yee, was an incredible experience in helping me to answer this question and allowed me the opportunity to witness, understand and participate in a gorgeous reflection of love and spiritual connection between a father and his daughter. Led by Pierre’s inspiring vision and with the collaboration of composer Donald Quan, choreographer Peter Chin, photographer/videographer Cylla von Tiedemann, as well as other extremely talented designers and actors, a stunningly beautiful and magical production emerged. It was one of the most valuable and memorable learning experiences of my career and I will be forever grateful for that opportunity which launched my extraordinary 4-year journey working at Young People’s Theatre.
– Nicole Arends