Penticton Herald

Musical tells the story of residentia­l schools


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 ticketsell­

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