Monday, August 29, 2011

Theatre Royal Barkerville and lederhose

In this year's "Gold Rush Revue" at the Theatre Royal we present an old classic that was performed on the stage of the Theatre Royal in 1871, Septimus Winner's "Der Deitcher's Dog", written in 1864.
 "Der Deitcher's Dog", or "Oh Where, oh Where Ish Mine Little Dog Gone", is a text that Winner set to the German folk tune "Im Lauterbach hab'ich mein' Strumpf verlorn", which recorded massive sales during Winner's lifetime.

The first verse of "Der Deitcher's Dog" is particularly noteworthy as its first verse has become a popular nursery rhyme and is familiar to most of us.

Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ears cut short, and his tail cut long,
Oh where, oh where is he?

This year the song is lead by Brendan Bailey.  We put him in our best "lederhose" - a pair of cotton shorts as we found that real leather Barvarian lederhose were beyond our costume budget. We did check them out when Amy and I were in Germany and Austria this spring but decided to pass.

Now, the Gold Rush Review opened on June 18th, to uproarious applause of course.  And away we went and each day at 1 pm Brendan would dance and cavort his way across the stage and through the audience looking for his lost dog.

Richard Wright photo

But - Brendan was sad, as not only had he lost his dog to a sausage factory but his "lederhose" were less than spectacular.

Then, on August 25th a parcel arrived from Solms, Germany, just a few miles from Butzbach and Nieder-Weisel where Amy and I had visited the home of Katrina Haub, a Barkerville hurdy gurdy dancer (who Amy portray's in the same show.).

Inside was a beautiful pair of "lederhose", and a letter which read:

Dear Theatre;
We had the pleasure to watch the opening of your new theatre season on June 18th. The Revue was so funny we had tears in our eyes.
But there was one thing we were not satisfied with: The pants your dear German dog owner were wearing were far from authentic!  And so to support your theatre please feel free to accept these Lederhosen as our gift to you!
Yours Bede Schild
Christian Schulz

What a fantastic gift!  We were all so excited Brendan put them on in front of the whole cast - they fit beautifully - and he used them in the next and all subsequent shows.

Thank you so much folks!  This was a wonderful gift and will remain an important part of our costume department. 
It is this kind of support that keeps us all going.
We are so pleased you enjoyed the show. Tears of laughter are our greatest reward.
Thanks from the whole cast.

Richard and Amy

Now Brendan is a happy dog owner - or former dog owner.
Richard Wright photo

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Barkerville Sports Day, August 2011 - Theatre Royal

Great coverage of Sports Day in Barkerville in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer - the weekend the Royal Engineers Living History group were in town.
Part of Newman & Wright's Theatre Royal ongoing participation in events and Barkerville marketing.

Photos by Richard Wright

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Barkerville -Trusting Google Maps causes near tragedy

For several years we have been trying to get Google maps to correct an error that shows a shortcut from Purden Lake on Highway 16 to Barkerville.  We receive no response.  Now the route has resulted in a near tragedy.

Similarly the directions function of Google shows that it takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to drive from Quesnel to Barkerville. In fact the 80 km takes 1 hour. These are dangerous errors that need to be corrected.

Check out this story from Opinion 250.

Trusting GPS Got Man into Off Road Trouble

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 11:05 AM

Wells, B.C.- The use of a GPS could have turned into tragedy for an Edmonton man.
A 45 year old Edmonton man was heading to the Lowhee Campground near Wells last Friday when he checked his GPS and discovered an alternate route to the campground.
He turned off highway 16 on to Purden Lake road, a poorly maintained logging road.
Early Friday evening his 2010 Hyundai Sante Fe high centred and he was stuck in an area where there is no cell phone service. He slept in his vehicle, and was able to work the vehicle free on Saturday morning. In an effort to turn around and head back to the highway, the vehicle once again got stuck. He spent the next 24 hours hauling gravel from a nearby river to try and give his wheels some traction.
He was getting nowhere, and started building an SOS sign with hopes if there was a search underway for him he could be spotted.
After two nights in his vehicle, stranded and without food, he was located by a local hunting guide who was checking on remote hunting cabins. The man was reunited with his family Sunday night.
RCMP are reminding travellers not to rely solely on a GPS unit and computer generated map programs. While alternate routes may seem enticing because they appear to be shorter, too often the suggested routes are on roads that are not well maintained or are not recommended for vehicle traffic. The routes are often remote and outside of cell phone service areas.
RCMP recommend travellers advise family or friends of their intended travel routes and anticipated arrival times, and that they use a highway map and stick to major routes and highways which are open to all types of vehicles.