Les Filles du Roi (2018)
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A new Canadian musical by Corey Payette & Julie McIsaac

May 15-27, 2018
York Theatre, Vancouver
A Fugue Theatre/Raven Theatre production in association with Urban Ink and The Cultch

Les Filles du Roi (The King’s Daughters) is a gorgeous new trilingual musical written in English, French, and Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) from the creators of last season’s groundbreaking Children of God. The powerful story of Kateri, a young Mohawk girl, and her brother Jean-Baptiste whose lives are disrupted upon the arrival of les filles du roi in 1665. They forge an unlikely relationship with young fille Marie-Jeanne Lespérance, whose dreams of a new life are more complicated than she could have imagined. Over the course of a year, Mohawk, French and English journeys collide setting the stage for the Canada we know today. Payette’s music connects the heartbeat of the drum and the soaring voices of our female ancestors in a thrilling contemporary score, weaving three languages and rivaling the beauty of Canada’s most stunning landscapes.

Fugue Theatre commissioned Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette to create this project as a way to address the historical roots of the current debates about migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Indigenous sovereignty. The project draws on the writers’ personal connections to their French and Indigenous heritage, historical research and cultural collaboration with Mohawk community.

MEET THE CREATORS: Check out this video of Julie and Corey.


Dates: May 15 to 27, 2018  

May 15 & 16 at 8PM: Previews (All Tickets $20)

May 17 at 8PM: Opening Night

May 18 at 8PM

May 19 at 2PM: Pay What You Can (pay this special ticket price at the door)

May 19 at 8PM

May 20 at 2PM: 2 for 1 Tickets*  (use promo code “Deux”)

May 22 at 8PM

May 23 at 1:30PM: Special student Matinee & Talkback (Student tickets $15) 

May 23 at 8PM

May 24 at 8PM

May 25 at 8PM

May 26 at 2PM: Talkback

May 26 at 8PM

Sunday, May 27 at 2PM: Final performance!


*ASL Interpreted Performance: May 20, 2PM (All tickets are 2 for 1 – use promo code “Deux”)

Note: There are English subtitles at every show. Check out this video of the co-creators talking about the use of languages in the show.

Recommended for ages 14+ due to some sexual content. Here’s some information for educators.



York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC



Available through The Cultch’s box office at  604-251-1363
or at tickets.thecultch.com

[Special student offer: $20 tickets all dates]
[Special Cultch subscriber offer: $25 tickets through Tuesday May 22]

Kaitlyn Yott – Kateri, Julie McIsaac – Marie-Jeanne Lespérance, Raes Calvert – Jean-Baptiste,  Laura Di Cicco – Madame Savoie, Andrew Cohen – Clarke, Chelsea Rose – Clan Mother/Chorus, Synthia Yusuf – Chorus, Kayla Dunbar – Lise-Ann/Chorus, Lisa Goebel – Chorus, Cecilly Day – Chorus, Merewyn Comeau – Chorus


Creative Team:
Corey Payette – Artistic Director/ Director/ Composer/ Co-book/lyricist, Julie McIsaac – Co-book/lyricist, Marshall McMahen – Production Designer (Set/Costumes/Props), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa – Musical Director/Piano, Patrice Bowler – Movement Director, Elliot Vaughan & Martin Reisle – Co-Orchestrators, Jeff Harrison – Lighting Designer, Kyra Soko – Sound Designer, Mike Kovac & Ryan McNeil Bolton – Co-Fight Directors, Lisa Goebel – Associate Movement Director, Ashley Noyes – Stage Manager, Melanie Thompson – Assistant Stage Manager, Dawn Brennan – Managing Director, JD Derbyshire – Creative Producer, Adrian Muir – Production Manager, Stephanie Kong – Head of Wardrobe, Sharon Zimmerman – Props Master, Konwahonwa:wi Stacey – Beadwork Designer


Molly MacKinnon – Violin, John Kastelic – Viola, Rebecca Wenham – Cello

Costumes for Les Filles Du Roi were built with the generous support of the Carousel Theatre for Young People Costume Shop.



The program from the world premiere production.

Information for educators.

Bonus: Check out  this 2016 interview with co-writers Julie and Corey about the creation process.


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