The Bostonian Adventures of the Citi Performing Arts Center marketing Intern

Posted 8 February 2012 12:00 AM by Coralie Pasero

For the next 5 months, Citi Performing Arts Center will follow the Bostonian adventures of Coralie, our new marketing intern from Avignon, France. Follow her travels right here on the Citi Center Blog.

My first day in Boston, my first days at Citi Performing Arts Center…what an experience! It would take too much time to tell you every detail but I will give a short overview.

When I arrived, I felt very confused: even though I love your accent, do you realize how fast you speak, people from Boston? Well, I guess I will have to get used to it then! I got to the Citi Center, surrounded by huge dizzy skyscrapers, red houses, American flags, and people walking on the street with cups of coffee from Starbucks! I realized that I had already seen such scenery… in movies! Being part of this almost makes me feel like being in an American movie - and yet, I have heard many times that Boston looks much more European than any other American city.

The first days as a marketing intern are tough, particularly for a non-native speaker I guess. There is a lot to learn here, and the American way of talking about cultural & artistic venues seems different from the French way. I mean, the idea of culture for-profit is not so common in France. I guess it is also because here culture is private, while in France it is mostly financed by the State. We also don’t really have shows like the Broadway musicals. I mean, we do have musicals, but for sure they are not as good! I am lucky to arrive for the Addams Family show!

I had seen the Wang and Shubert Theatres in pictures on the website, but this is nothing compared to the reality. When I saw the Wang Theatre for the first time, it reminded me of the palace of Versailles. And actually, the theatre was inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera Comique. Now when I look at the Wang Theatre, I am proud of French architecture.

So this is what my first impressions are, and I feel like there will be much more to talk about in the weeks ahead

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