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.

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!

In This World – Stories from the Road Week One

We asked our cast and crew of In This World to share what’s been going on while they’re on tour. We’ll be updating our blog each week with their adventures!

Oyin Oladejo and Meilie Ng having fun before a show.

Day 1, Morning:
After a fantastic (and cushy) week of evening performances at the Tarragon Theatre, 7:30am comes early on our first official day of touring. After a small truck fire (new brakes can be tricky) we made it to our first school – Jean Vanier CSS. It feels so rewarding to hear the teens’ laughter and reactions! That’s the crowd this show was meant for!!! By 10:45 am it feels like 4:00 pm with the excitement of our first show leaving us exhausted. Then it was off to our next school and some lunch.

Early Mornings Are Hard. Meilie Ng and Oyin Oladejo are up EARLY to start their days on tour. (Don’t worry, they love it!)

Day 1, Afternoon:
Who needs a gym membership when you’ve got periactos! Our performance space at Branksome Hall is up 2 flights of stairs and although our set isn’t heavy, there are many pieces which means there were many trips. We had some great help from a group of ladies who may have been anxious to get out of class for the setup.
We dubbed this show “Buns of Steel”.

Day 2, Morning:
Our 2nd day of touring started a little late because Meilie had a nose bleed. We figured if it started again we can use it since her character Bijou get’s punched in the face and has her noise bleeding during the show :). Our performance area was a beautiful old theatre space that, despite it’s size, still gave us an intimate atmosphere. The students were incredibly attentive – but you would expect that from drama students! A huge thank you to our helpers. For future reference, if you want to move many large pieces of a set, it helps to have a future all-Canadian wrestler to help! All the best to the drama students at University of Toronto Schools and their upcoming play!

The “Bijou Bruise” Meilie Ng’s make-up application makes it look real!

Re-enacting “the punch” behind the scenes. Meilie Ng and Oyin Oladejo.

Day 2, Afternoon:
After 2 days of Meilie begging to stop for lunch, we found a great place in Mississauga for some fulfilling PHô. After stuffing ourselves into a ‘carb coma’ we made our way to The Woodlands School in Missisauga. Our student helpers were as efficient as they were professional. They took direction well, knew their stage right and stage left, were handy with tools and just dove in. It was the fastest load in and load out yet – we almost loaded the students with us to go on tour.
Day 3, Afternoon
Our last day/show of the week and with a lunch time start to our day, easy traffic, beautiful weather, and lots of laughs enroute, it was a good way to end our first week. Right from the moment we entered the school, we knew we were in good hands. Positive energy from staff and students put smiles on our faces. A large, beautiful auditorium and confident helpers made for an efficient setup and strike and a great feeling of accomplishment as we drove away at the end of the day. On to our next week of adventures!