Children of God
Urban Ink (Vancouver); Co-produced with the Segal Centre (Montreal) and Presented with the Talking Stick Festival
Feb 20 – Mar 10, 2019 | York Theatre [map]
Feb 26 to 28 at 8 pm/Mar 1 + 2 at 2 pm/Mar 6 at 1:30 pm!
A musical by Corey Payette.
In this powerful musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. This is a story of redemption: for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.
Children of God returns after a national tour and its highly successful 2017 world premiere at The Cultch.
Corey Payette’s Children of God is vital theatre. It is not only theatre-with-purpose but it is also exceptionally entertaining and does away with the feeling of being didactic or laboursome…this musical is powerful, exciting and emotional”—Charlie Upton, Two Cents & Two Pence
If you haven’t seen Children of God yet, you should go. Yes, partly because every Canadian needs to understand the legacy of residential schools, but also because it’s an excellent script performed by top-notch double-threat actor/singers and, even when the subject matter gets dark, it’s a real treat to see them perform”—Tiva Quinn, iliveineastvan
In a cultural period where reconciliation is finally coming to the forefront of a national discussion, this musical is a step in the healing process”—Katie Gartlan-Close, Vancouver Presents
Go see Children of God to witness how music weaves a tapestry of interconnectedness that words alone simply cannot”—Baird Blackstone, Broken Leg Reviews
Children of God is must-see theatre for Canadians”—The Globe and Mail
“This is a brave work, and a starting point for important conversations …See it.”—Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight
Contains swearing and sexual content. Due to the potentially triggering content of the performance, Emotional Support Workers will be available to provide support to audience members who may require it.
It provides information for educators or group leaders about the production’s content, themes, related terminology, and possible discussion or project topics. [Due to the sensitive nature of the content, we would recommend this production for ages 14+, with parental or adult accompaniment, but the Study Guide could be used with younger children to spark discussions around residential schools.]
Feb 20-21, 8PM: Preview
Feb 22, 8PM: Opening
Feb 23, 26 – 28, Mar 01 – 02, 05 – 09, 8PM
Feb 23 – 24, Mar 02 – 03, 09 – 10, 2PM
ASL Interpreted Performance: Mar 9, 2PM
Live Audio Description by VocalEye: Mar 3, 2PM
Please visit our accessibility page or contact our box office for more information regarding our accessible programming
2 hours 20 minutes including intermission. Please note there will be an additional 30 minute discussion following each performance.
JOANNA / SECRETARY Michelle Bardach
SISTER BERNADETTE Sarah Carlé
TOM / TOMMY Dillan Chiblow
FATHER CHRISTOPHER David W. Keeley
VINCENT Jacob MacInnis
JULIA Cheyenne Scott
RITA Michelle St. John
WILSON Aaron M. Wells
ELIZABETH Kaitlyn Yott
PIANO/MUSIC DIRECTOR David Terriault
CELLO Doug Gorkoff
VIOLA Elliot Vaughan
GUITAR Martin Reisle
BOOK, MUSIC, LYRICS & DIRECTOR Corey Payette
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Marshall McMahen
ORIGINAL MUSICAL DIRECTOR Allen Cole
PRODUCTION MUSICAL DIRECTOR David Terriault
ORCHESTRATOR Elliot Vaughan
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Julie McIsaac
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jeff Harrison
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER Bryan Kenney
ORIGINAL SOUND DESIGNER Kris Boyd
SOUND DESIGNER Kyra Soko
ASSOCIATE SOUND DESIGNER Troy Slocum
PRODUCTION FIGHT DIRECTOR Mike Kovac
STAGE MANAGER Chantal Hayman
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Jethelo E. Cabilete
CONVERSATION FACILITATORS Fay Blaney, Kim Harvey, Renae Morriseau, and Lisa Ravensbergen
Urban Ink appreciates the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.