Children of God: A New Musical by Corey Payette
Children of God celebrated its world premiere in Vancouver, BC at the York Theatre May 17 – June 3, 2017. After a very successful run in Vancouver, the production traveled to Ottawa, ON to be mounted on the mainstage Theatre at the National Arts Centre June 7 – 18, 2017.
Children of God is a gorgeous, powerful musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. 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, pushes toward redemption. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. Inspired by First Nations music, Payette’s profoundly moving score also includes echoes of provocative Broadway masterpieces such as Fun Home and Next to Normal.
An Urban Ink (Vancouver) Production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre, in association with Raven Theatre (Vancouver) / The Cultch (Vancouver)
“I saw this production in Kamloops on the third night of a small festival season presented by the Western Canadian Theatre Company. I’m sure they could have sold out three times for the number of people clamouring to get in, all after word of mouth had spread from the first two nights about this powerful musical by Oji-Cree writer Corey Payette. I knew after the first scene that it was destined for Canada’s stage.” ~ Jillian Keiley, Artistic director, NAC English Theatre
“Every once in a while someone as special as Corey Payette comes along with a project as special as this. Children of God was developed as part of The Collaborations because it was so extraordinary, passionate and beautiful.” ~ Sarah Garton Stanley, Associate Artistic Director, NAC English Theatre
“Children of God is must-see theatre for Canadians.” ~ GLOBE AND MAIL
All REVIEWS were shared on our Facebook page.
VIDEOS – INTERVIEWS WITH CAST & CREW
Videos featuring short interviews with the cast and crew are available on our YouTube channel.
The CHILDREN OF GOD Study Guide is HERE. It provides information for educators or group leaders about the production’s content, themes, related terminology, and possible discussion or project topics. [Due to the sensitive nature of the content, we would recommend this production for ages 14+, with parental or adult accompaniment, but the Study Guide could be used with younger children to spark discussions around residential schools.]
The show’s program is HERE.
PAST PRODUCTION DATES
For details about the May 17 – June 3, 2017 world premiere at the York Theatre in Vancouver, BC see this page.
For details about the June 7 – 18, 2017 production at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON see this page.
UPCOMING PRODUCTION DATES
Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, AB March 3 – 24, 2018 citadeltheatre.com
Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, BC March 29 – April 7, 2018 wctlive.ca
The plan is to then begin touring the production across the country. If you would like to help support our efforts, please consider making a donation via canadahelps.org.
Producer – Christie Watson
Production Manager – Adrian Muir
Head of Wardrobe – Darryl Milot
Props Master – Carol Macdonald
Sound Board Operator – Kyra Soko
Donate to support Children of God HERE