Team Celeste has been touring around Saskatchewan for one week now. We’ve already driven over 1400 km, been to 11 towns, and performed 8 shows for more than 2400 students, teachers, and parents! We’ve been extremely fortunate both with unusually mild winter weather, and with wonderfully warm prairie hospitality everywhere we go.
We began our adventure by flying into Saskatoon and promptly meeting up with Roger from Persephone Theatre who was kind enough to store our tour van with all our set, props, and costumes for a couple weeks until our arrival. We then hit the road for our first long drive to the town of Kamsack. Arriving into town late Sunday evening, our only option for dinner was the local Subway, which, as it turns out, was quite the local hang out.
Our first day of touring turned out to be a bit of an epic adventure. After a great opening morning performance in Kamsack, we hit the road again to get to our afternoon show in Langenburg. Unfortuantely, our GPS system took us down Highway 8, which we later found out to be known locally as “the gravel highway”. It was a bumpy ride along some quite icy stretches for an hour and a half. By the time we arrived in Langenburg, we had little time for lunch, so it was off to the local Subway yet again!
|We love hotel pools.|
When we finally arrived at our afternoon school, we were surprised to see some odd orange fluid draining out from the bottom rear of our tour van. Luckily, there was an auto service centre just a few blocks away from the school, so after our afternoon show, we took the van in to get checked out. It was diagnosed with a worn out pipe and coolant leak. We had to wait for 2 hours for it to be repaired. While waiting for the van repair, Lauren was able to do a phone interview with CBC radio Saskatchewan about the show and the tour. CBC also posted an article about the show on their website that referenced Lauren’s interview. It’s so wonderful to have the media interested in a TYA touring show and just goes to show how important the themes and messages of our show are not only for the students, but for teachers and parents as well.
Once we finally got our van out of the repair shop, it was back on the road for a 3-hour drive to Estevan. We finally ended our 13-hour long opening day with a celebratory late-night dinner at Boston Pizza.
|On the road again!|
Since then, things have been going very smoothly with lots of fun and laughs along the way. We’ve had lots of long prairie drives, fun hotel pool swims and waterslides, good eats like rib fest and Dairy Queen sundaes in Regina or prime rib with homemade horseradish at Harvest Eatery in Shaunavon, and so many wonderful conversations with everyone we meet. True to fashion, Team Celeste has been making the most of our time on the road and so far our Saskatchewan tour has certainly exceeded our expectations.