BEHIND THE SCENES – Children of God in Rehearsal
The Cultch, in collaboration with Urban Ink Productions, National Arts Centre English Theatre, and Raven Theatre is thrilled to present the world premiere of Corey Payette’s powerful new musical Children of God – opening May 19th at the York Theatre!
Pulling musical inspiration from Indigenous traditions as well as Broadway hits, this musical is a timely piece that tells the heartbreaking story of the residential schools through the eyes of one Oji-Cree family. Offering a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, Children of God celebrates resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.
Writer/ Director Corey Payette and Assistant Director Julie McIsaac looking over the script. Photo by Brain Chan
The creative team, along with the cast and a whole host of support personnel, have been hard at work getting ready for next weeks opening night performance. Here are some fabulous shots by Brian Chan from the early days of rehearsals.
Costume design for Children of God character Rita. Photo by Brian Chan
Costume designs being passed around. Photo by Brain Chan
Cast and Crew share a laugh during a read through. Photo by Brain Chan
Marshall McMahen (Production Designer), Corey Payetter (Book/Music/Lyrics & Director) and Aaron M. Wells ( Cast- Vincent) discuss Children of God. Photo by Brain Chan
Martin Reisle makes notes. Photo by Brian Chan
Children of God cast and crew all together for the first time. Photo by Brian Chan
Elliot Vaughan (Orchestrator/Viola). Photo by Brian Chan
Kim Harvey (Cast – Joanna/Secretary) during the initial read through. Photo by Brian Chan
Actress Cathy Elliot, who plays Rita in Children of God, wrote a powerful piece about how working on the workshop of this show impacted her life; “It gets a little difficult sometimes to remember that the word “healing” had more power before it became a made-for-tv catchword, or a politician’s promise or a meme. I have difficulty saying it. Its meaning has been worn down, polished thin through constant use. But it is the only word I can use for what I wish to attempt to describe as a monumental event that has had an effect on my life.”
We love this shot of Kim Harvey (The Cultch’s own Youth Program Manager – we are so proud!) toasting the whole team on the first day of rehearsals! Kim plays Joanna in Children of God. A huge cheers to Children of God!
Kim Harvey makes a toast to Children of God cast and crew. Photo by Brian Chan
Children of God runs at the Historic Theatre, May 17-Jun 3. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.