This play tells the story of Daisy, a young idealistic teacher who accepts a job as principal in a remote town in northern Saskatchewan. Her preconceived notions of what she expects to achieve are quickly put to the test by the unexpected realities that await her. The play follows her progress as she contends with difficulties such as isolating snow storms, outbreaks of fleas and the threat to her students from wild dogs living near the school.
This story works very well thanks to actor Danielle Roy’s energetic and animated performance which draws the audience into the story. She is able to bring out all the rich humour and touching drama of Nathan Howe’s script as well as paint a vivid picture of what life is like in this remote community. One of my favourite parts of the story is the friendship that develops between Daisy and the mischievous young student Theodore. At first exasperated by Theodore’s hi-jinks, she eventually learns of the troubles in his home life and reaches out to him in friendship. The scenes where this friendship develops were quite touching. I also very much liked Daisy’s ambivalent relationship with Poodle, a scary looking but friendly dog that hangs around the school. Over the course of the play the trouble Poodle causes for Daisy provides some quite funny scenes.
I heartily recommend this play for its engaging story and solid acting, as well as the glimpse it offers into life in northern communities.
The Wild Dog Waits On The Concrete Path
Venue 3 — Pantages Studio
Show Accesibility: Low Vision/Blind