Children of God: A New Musical by Corey Payette
York Theatre in Vancouver: May 17 – June 3, 2017
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.
An Urban Ink (Vancouver) Production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre, in association with Raven Theatre (Vancouver) / The Cultch (Vancouver)
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.
“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
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VANCOUVER PRODUCTION: MAY 17 – JUNE 3, 2017 WORLD PREMIERE!
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
May 17 & 18: 7pm Preview
May 19: 7pm Opening Night
May 20, 23 – 27, 30 – 31 & June 1 – 3: 7pm Evening shows
May 21, 28 & June 3: 2pm Afternoon matinées
Talkback after all shows
ASL Interpreted Performance: May 21, 2pm
VocalEye Described Performance – Live description for people with vision loss: May 28, 2pm
Tickets and further information, as well as details about the accessible shows, available through The Cultch: thecultch.com
Contains swearing, sexual content, and haze.
Due to the triggering content of the performance, Emotional Support Workers will be available to provide support to audience members who may require it.
Check out Behind the Scenes photos and more details at thecultch.com
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.] Group rates for tickets are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the show’s program, click here.
For details of our June 7 – 18, 2017 production at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, see this page.
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