Children of God
A new musical by Corey Payette | World Premiere | An Urban Ink (Vancouver) Production in collaboration with National Arts Centre English Theatre, in association with Raven Theatre (Vancouver) / The Cultch (Vancouver)
MAY 17 – JUN 3, 2017
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.
THE DRAW: Inspired by First Nations music, Payette’s moving score also includes echoes of Broadway masterpieces such as Fun Home and Next to Normal.
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.
If you see one work of theatre this year, make it this one” – Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail
This is a brave work, and a starting point for important conversations …See it. – Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight
There were tears; there was jubilation. Going back to the very roots of theatre, it was a rare experience of communion – Jo Ledingham
Children of God is necessary…Go see it – Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca
Not a dry eye in the house, as far as I could see – Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer
Children of God will stand as a catharsis for some, an introduction for others, yet a point of connection for us all – Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents
If you call yourself a Canadian then you have a duty to see this dark but illuminating work”- Alex Waterhouse-Hayward
I think musicals can do that. They open up people’s hearts. All of a sudden you see this person, you care about them. Wouldn’t that change our world if people really cared about indigenous people?” – Corey Payette in interview with Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight
May 17 – 18, 7PM: Preview
May 19, 7PM: Opening Night
May 20, 23 – 27 30 – 31 + Jun 1 – 3: 7PM
May 21, 28 + Jun 3: 2PM
2 hours 20 minutes including intermission. Please note there will be an additional 30 minute discussion following each performance.
We are pleased to offer a VocalEye Live Described Performance for patrons who are blind, partially sighted, and visually impaired on May 28 and an ASL Interpreted Performance on May 21.
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Sponsors and Funders:
Herbie Barnes: Tom/Tommy
Cathy Elliott: Rita
Kim Harvey: Joanna/Secretary
Trish Lindström: Sister Bernadette
Kevin Loring : Wilson
Cheyenne Scott: Julia
Michael Torontow: Father Christopher
Aaron M. Wells : Vincent
Kaitlyn Yott: Elizabeth
Book/Music/Lyrics & Director: Corey Payette
Production Designer: Marshall McMahen
Musical Director/Piano: Allen Cole
Orchestrator/Viola: Elliot Vaughan
Dramaturg: Sybille Pearson
Assistant Director: Julie McIsaac
Lighting Designer: Jeff Harrison
Movement Director: Raes Calvert
Sound Designer: Kris Boyd
Fight Directors: Mike Kovac & Ryan McNeill Bolton
Stage Manager: Samira Rose
Assistant Stage Manager: Jessica Schacht
Jewelry design: Helen Oro
Cello: Brian Chan
Piano: Allen Cole
Guitar: Martin Reisle
Viola: Elliot Vaughan
Producer: Christie Watson
Production Manager: Adrian Muir
Head of Wardrobe: Darryl Milot
Props Master: Carol Macdonald
Sound Board Operator: Kyra Soko