Re- en­act­ing his­tory in Cupids

The Compass - - SPORTS - PHO­TOS BY TERRY ROBERTS/ THE COM­PASS

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.

left, Les Cooper, Jackie Laracy and Ivan of the 12 spir­its were, from Among those play­ing the role Two uniden­ti­fied per­form­ers from Cather­ine’s Dance Stu­dio in Bay Roberts. best ef­fort into the per­for­mance. Dorothy Fitzger­ald puts her Peter Eas­ton (right), played by Peter Wilkins, dis­cusses a truce Clarence Barnes. with John Guy, played by

Power. the back­ground. At right is El­iz­a­beth with Ron Rose in Pat Mer­ri­gan is shown in front, Per­former Pat Ge­orge holds a jug aloft dur­ing her time in

the spot­light.

fig­ure in the pro­duc­tion. Clarence Barnes, was a prom­i­nent John Guy, a role played by

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