Dib & Dob and the Journey Home Hits the Road

Since it’s the cast and crew of Dib and Dob and the Journey Home’s first week on the road, we asked them to fill us in on how the first couple days have gone.

Setting up for a promo video shoot of Dib & Dob and the Journey Home. Set design by Karyn McCallum.

Day 1, Morning:
After a fantastically exciting and brisk two weeks of rehearsal with Director Andrew Lamb, and the addition of character exploration through mask-work guided masterfully by Teodoro Dragonieri, the Dib & Dob cast and crew were delighted to have our first performance at Lord Roberts Public School. Colin Doyle (Dob) and Daniel Krolik (Dib) along with Sandi Becker (Stage Manager) and James Kendal (Tree Monster & Technical Director), had a wonderful and enthusiastically received first performance at a school for this run.

Film shoot all set up and ready to go! Dib & Dob and the Journey Home. Set design by Karyn McCallum.

The “fleur control-room” for Dib & Dob and the Journey Home

Day 1, Afternoon:
After an urgent and delicious pause for lunch at a Queen East charcuterie, the cast and crew had another splendid show presented to the lovely hosts at Morse Street Public School in Toronto.

Cast and crew of Dib & Dob and the Journey Home recharge between shows on the first day of tour. L to R: Sandi Becker and Daniel Krolik.

First marquee Day 1 of tour for Dib & Dob and the Journey Home

Stay tuned to our blog for more stories and photos from the road in the next few weeks!

Save the Date! Performance Showcase Fundraiser April 28, 2013

Roseneath Theatre holds an annual Performance Showcase Fundraiser in late April. This is an event where we showcase a play in the current season, hold a silent and live auction and present the Rosie Award given to an individual who has shown outstanding commitment to Roseneath Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences.

The 2nd Annual Performance Showcase Fundraiser will be held on Sunday April 28, 2013 and will feature a performance of Dib and Dob and the Journey Home.

Dib and Dob and the Journey Home 2013. Colin Doyle and Andy Trithardt. Photo by Mark Seow.

Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (ages 4 and up) shows us how we learn about ourselves through the eyes of our siblings.

Performance Showcase Fundraiser Date:
Sunday April 28, 2013
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Performance starts at 3:00 PM sharp!)

Workman Arts Mainspace
651 Dufferin Street, Toronto ON

Tickets: $40 per person, $10 for kids 12 and under
Tickets are not tax deductible. Tax receipts are issued for any donations made using this form, online or at the fundraising event.

Hors d’hoeurves | Wine | Silent & Live Auction | Presentation of the Rosie Award | Kids’ Craft Table

To order tickets or to make a donation, please complete the form found here and email to natalie@roseneath.ca. Alternatively, contact Natalie Ackers, General Manager, Roseneath Theatre at 651 Dufferin Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, M6K 2B2 or by phone at 416-686-5199 x221.

Please RSVP by Friday April 19, 2013.

If you would like to be added to our invite list for this or furture events, please contact Natalie Ackers, General Manager at: natalie@roseneath.ca.

Behind the Scenes in the Production Department

Heather Landon

Heather Landon Production Manager

Over the past few months we’ve been gearing up for our two spring tours – In This World and Dib and Dob and the Journey Home. Since our Production Department has been so hard at work getting everything ready to go for those first weeks of rehearsals, we thought we’d invite Heather Landon, our Production Manager, to share some insight into what’s been going on lately in the Production Department:




In This World Set being built at Production Canada. Set Design by Lindsay Anne Black.

It has been a very busy time for us in the Production Department! Coming up we have two fast and furious rehearsal periods (2 weeks each) for two shows that will happen in quick succession. In This World is a brand new show for us which means a longer process of design meetings with the production department, the Director Andrew Lamb, and the designers Lindsay Anne Black and Verne Good. The sound design is coming together nicely and the set is being built right now at Production Canada.Lindsay and I went to visit Production Canada on Valentine’s Day to see the set build progress, answer questions and help make decisions to avoid problems later. For example, we asked that the window frames be screwed in place without using glue so that if one of the plexi-glass pieces were ever damaged on tour it would be easier to replace. This professional shop will complete the set build in just two weeks so the Stage Manager, Thom Speck, can learn how to put it together and have it ready for rehearsals which begin March 4th.

In This World set being built at Production Canada. Set design by Lindsay Anne Black.

Digging up the Dib and Dob set to get ready for the 2013 spring tour. Set design by Karyn McCallum.

Dib and Dob is a remount which might seem easy. Just pull the set out of storage and you’re ready to go, right? Not quite so easy. Roseneath hasn’t toured this show in almost 10 years – before myself or anyone currently on staff worked with Roseneath. We have spent the last few months researching and trying to make all of the little tricks and gadgets work again! The set and costume designer, Karyn McCallum, has come in to help explain a few things and repaint some parts of the set that needed some TLC. We have built new tree branches, have been rebuilding new ‘fleurs’, the props all need quite a bit of work and the costumes will have to be new, updated and adjusted for at least one new actor. The sound design was on an old system that was still using a CD player and a mini-disk system. Designer Rick Sacks and I had to sit down and reprogram all of the music and sound cues into our more current computer SFX 6 playback system which will be much easier for the Stage Manager Sandi Becker.

I’m always excited to bring these shows to students, hear their reactions and discover their questions to understand what parts of the show make them think and change their views about the ideas we present. I love what I do – who else can answer ‘What are you up to?’ in the creative ways that a Production Manager can?

Heather Landon has been the Production Manager with Roseneath Theatre since 2008.