Mu­si­cal tells the story of res­i­den­tial schools

Penticton Herald - - ARTS -

A mu­si­cal about a First Na­tion fam­ily whose chil­dren were taken away to a res­i­den­tial school will be per­formed next month in Ver­non.

The Ver­non and Dis­trict Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre So­ci­ety will present Chil­dren of God, a mu­si­cal by Corey Payette on Wed­nes­day, March 13, be­gin­ning at 7:30pm.

Chil­dren of God is the fourth show in the theatre’s Spot­light se­ries.

Chil­dren of God, writ­ten by Payette and per­formed by Ur­ban Ink,tells the story of Rita, a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, Tom and Ju­lia, who never knew she came.

Chil­dren of God looks at the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional im­pact of the res­i­den­tial school sys­tem. Au­di­ences will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the story through the eyes of a fam­ily, and rec­og­nize the rip­ple ef­fect this part of Canada’s his­tory has had on gen­er­a­tions.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor of Ur­ban Ink, Payette is an Oji-Cree her­itage from North­ern On­tario who has worked as a play­wright, ac­tor, com­poser, and di­rec­tor across Canada.

With a BFA in mu­sic com­po­si­tion from York Univer­sity in Toronto, Payette has cre­ated works at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, Van­cou­ver Play­house, Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre, Western Canada Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, and more.

Tick­ets for Chil­dren of God are $45 for adults, $42 for se­niors and $40 for stu­dents. Call the Ticket Seller Box Of­fice at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or log on line to tick­et­seller.ca.

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