Re- enacting history in Cupids
The several thousand people who attended the gala opening ceremonies of the Cupids Cove Soiree Aug. 17 were treated to a first-rate dramatic production called “ Seeds of Settlement.” The 75-minute show featured roughly 150 performers, and told the story of the founding of the first English settlement in Canada and the history of the Northern Avalon region through words and music. The production centres around 12 spirits who are unearthed from the Cupids archaeological dig and tell their stories, including the struggles encountered by the early settlers, first contact with the Beothuk people, the confrontations with Pirate Peter Easton, and the battles between the French and English for Conception Bay. The production, which was also staged on Sunday during the conclusion of the soirée, was written by Jed Blackmore.
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