by Chris Davis
When I asked for a brief "Q&A" with the popular kid's character Bob the Builder, whose stage show is coming to the Orpheum on June 5th, I thought I'd be the guy asking the questions. I thought I'd finally be able to find out the truth about Muck the bulldozer, Scoop the backhoe, Dizzy the concrete mixer and the rest of the Can-Do-Crew. But in this day of message control that turned out not to be the case. Here's the prepared interview that showed up in my in-box.
Q. What is your show about?
A. Well, my building team and I have a big job to build a wind farm and recycling center in Sunflower Valley. Things don’t go very smoothly, things go missing and Sunflower Valley gets covered in horrible trash! We all pull together and get things fixed.
Q. Who is joining you on tour?
A. Wendy will be there of course! Along with Scoop, Dizzy, Lofty and Scrambler from my brilliant machine team. Spud the scarecrow, Farmer Pickles and Mayor Bentley have also come along for the ride!
Q. What do you hope that your fans will take away from your show?
A. The team and I have such a great time working together and solving any problems that pop up, I just want everyone to know that The Fun Is In Getting It Done! With this new project, we are also learning that everyone can do something when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling our everyday trash to help the environment. We’ll share the tools needed to care about the environment through recycling, teamwork, cooperation, and of course, a Can-Do attitude.
Q. How long have you and the Can-Do Crew been away from Sunflower Valley? What do you miss the most?
A. We’ve been away for quite a while. I miss all of our great friends there, but we’ve visited and met lots of great new friends, too.
Q. You and the Can-Do Crew have worked on many different types of building projects. What is your favorite thing to build?
A: Wow, that’s a hard question. I love all types of building — from putting up a house to fixing a garden wall. No job is too big or too small. We fix it all.
Q: Who is your favorite member of the Can-Do Crew?
A. I can’t possibly choose! All my machines are my favorites because they are all great at different things. I need each and every one of them!
Q. Why do you always use the sentence, “Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”?
A. Because it’s true! With teamwork and a positive attitude, everything is possible.
Q. Why did you choose to be a builder?
A. I always knew I was going to be a builder. My dad was a builder too and he taught me everything I know. I couldn’t imagine being anything else.
Q: After a long day at work, how do you like to unwind and relax?
A: Well after a hard day of building and digging, I like to make a nice cup of tea and listen to the radio!
Q. What are your favorite hobbies besides constructing?
A. Building keeps me really, really busy. But if I do ever get any spare time, I enjoy bird watching with my dad.
Q. What do you like about being on tour? Are there any special catering requests for you and your friends?
A. Cheese and tomato sandwiches! Mmmmmm