Why doesn't Pamela
Hayden play Katrina anymore? Will she ever return to the series or
will it always be the 'new' Katrina? -Submitted by Hilary
The 'new' Katrina. Now
we're all just hoping that Pamela Hayden will come back to
Adventures in Odyssey in the near future. We're all wishing that
we could have the old Katrina Shanks Meltsner back. Pamela Hayden is
a well-accomplished actress and has many credits to her name.
However, she will no longer be gracing us with the Katrina Shanks
Meltsner that we have grown to know and love over the years. When
Eugene came back to Odyssey, we were all expecting both
(Eugene) and Pamela Hayden (Katrina) to be available. We got
Eugene back, but now it seems as if we've lost the real Katrina.
Audrey Wasilewski, voice of the 'new' Katrina Meltsner, has done a
wonderful job at imitating Pamela's voice since her appearance. At
first I was a little upset as you are, Hilary, but the longer you
get to know a voice replacement, the more you accept them. Take
Paul Herlinger, for example.
Hal Smith played John Avery Whittaker since
the beginning of the show, and when he passed away, fans wanted Whit
to come back to Odyssey. Then in came Paul Herlinger, and most of us
were a little untrusting of the new voice. Yet, as time passed, he
fulfilled the job of being Whit very well. Now, fans trust the new
Whit. Interestingly, Paul Herlinger has been with the program and
appears in more albums than Hal Smith did in his time with the show.
Hal Smith was a wonderful actor, but Paul Herlinger proves to be one
Characters come and
go. Some stay, and some get replaced with other actors. But
Adventures in Odyssey successfully communicates Christian
messages that build character in listeners around the world. Just
give it some time, Hilary. Though Audrey Wasilewski is here to stay,
the fans are as well. Let's give her a chance. We may be a little