My Afternoons with Roseneath Theatre

The end of the school year brings the end of our time with our current TDSB co-op student, Andrew. We wanted to know what he got out of working at Roseneath over the past five months – and we wanted him to share it with all of you!

It’s hard to believe that I’m already near the end of my placement here at Roseneath. The time has gone by so quickly, and I’ve learned so much. It has been an amazing experience that has shaped me into a more confident and mature person. Starting out at Roseneath I had little to no job experience. I had never gone for a job interview, and never worked in a real office or work space. Once I joined the Roseneath staff for my placement, I was welcomed with open arms. For the first time, I’ve been treated as an equal, and not undermined for my youth.

Working alongside the amazing staff, they have taught me so much. I was never aware of the all the hard work that goes into Theatre behind the scenes. I wasn’t even aware that you could work in an office in the arts. I’ve worked with a database, used maps to create directions to shows and map out nearby restaurants for the actors, as well as help maintain props and equipment. In fact, a few of the blogs on here have been personally edited by me.
Being a member of the Roseneath team has definitely rewarded me with unforgettable experiences. There is nothing more incredible then to be able to read real scripts created by real professionals! Having been in a few drama courses I’ve created a few scripts for my classes, but being able to analyze professional scripts of a higher magnitude is nothing short of amazing. The fun does not end there however, for I’ve also been granted the opportunity to meet the cast and crew of both In This World and Dib and Dob and The Journey Home! There have been many days where I’ve actually watched the actors rehearse, and so I’ve been able to see how these plays have progressed starting with the actors on script and moving off script with minor improvisations.

Everyday at Roseneath has been a pleasure, be it a slow or busy day. It’s almost impossible to ever feel bored. The staff here have the brightest and realest personalities that I’ve ever seen. I’ve gained many skills as a production and administration assistant, and also grown into a more confident person. It’s funny, before I started my placement; I used to be quieter, now it’s a matter of getting me to stop talking! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Roseneath, and I know I’ll continue to share the story of my time spent here.

– Andrew C., TDSB Co-op student

Thank you for all your hard work Andrew!

Roseneath Theatre welcomes up to two high-school co-op students per semester. If you are interested in spending your co-op placement with us, please contact our Education and Marketing Department: education@roseneath.ca.

Snow and Finnish Pancakes – Week Five with Dib and Dob

For this weeks’ blog entry, we caught up with Daniel Krolik (Dib) to hear what his first Northern trek on a Roseneath tour was like. From wonderful audience members to snow in May to Finnish pancakes, it sounds like it’s been an adventure!

Daniel Krolik - Dob

Daniel Krolik – Dob

What a week! From Toronto to Orillia to Sudbury to Lively to Blind River to Elliot Lake to Sault Ste Marie to Thunder Bay, and then on to Red Lake tomorrow bright and early. The show is at a great place right now. We’ve settled into the routine of performing so the jangled nerves of the first couple of weeks have settled, but the touring schedule and new and different audiences have kept our work alive and fresh. Our show at Elliot Lake was particularly special: the brakes on our van sputtered out on our way to Central Avenue Public School. As we waited for a tow truck, we were unsure if we could make it on time for our performance. The school was incredibly gracious and accommodating, and waited for us until our vehicle was brought to the school on a raised flatbed, with actors and stage management intact! Students and teachers alike reached out to make sure the show went on. One of the teachers even made an emergency breakfast run for us at the local Tim’s! There was such an incredible outpouring of goodwill and support that it made that afternoon’s show especially satisfying.
Thunder Bay has been great so far – despite the snow that creeped up on us on our drive north :). All those Facebook pictures of our friends having sunny picnics in Toronto didn’t exactly help things either. Not to fear, by our second day there the cold was gone and we were treated to some beautiful weather. We also treated ourselves to some Finnish pancakes for breakfast this morning at the legendary Hoito House. I am so happy to be on team Dib and Dob, and I can’t wait to get back to performing the show later this week.

Snow in May in Northern Ontario. Dib and Dob and the Journey Home 2013.

Snow in May in Northern Ontario. Dib and Dob and the Journey Home 2013.

Finnish Pancakes in Thunder Bay. L to R: Daniel Krolik and Sandi Becker.

Finnish Pancakes in Thunder Bay. L to R: Daniel Krolik and Sandi Becker.