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Strong appetite for WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE prompts National Tour

Strong appetite for WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE prompts National Tour

Calgary’s professional Theatre for Young Audiences, Quest Theatre, in collaboration with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, is proud to report that We Are All Treaty People will be programmed up to year 2020 for tours to Alberta schools and across Canada.

An original production created by the Artists of Making Treaty 7 and co‐produced by Quest Theatre and Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society,  WAre All Treaty People premiered in spring 2017 in Alberta schools, and played at both the Calgary International Children’s Festival and IMPACT Festival in Kitchener, Ontario. This spring the show will travel as far as Toronto for 8 performances during Junior 2018 at the Harbourfront Centre. It will also play at the Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Shell Theatre in Fort Saskatchewan and in over 40 schools across Alberta. In Calgary, WAre All Treaty People will open the new BMO Theatre at Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge and play at cSPACE in Marda Loop.

“We have discovered that young people have a strong desire to know and understand the Indigenous history of Canada. Although our play is quite localized; telling the story of the signing of Treaty 7 in Southern Alberta through the eyes of two girls, one from the Tsuu T’ina reserve, and one from downtown Calgary, we are finding the play resonates for many communities across Canada. Because our play is told with Indigenous and non-­‐ Indigenous artists, we bring an authenticity to discussions with young people that educators appreciate. The plays intent is to promote healing and to inspire positive relationships across cultures and generations. The buzz about the production has generated a waiting list that stretches past 2020.”

Nikki Loach Co‐Director and Artistic Director of Quest Theatre

 

“The legacy of the ground breaking theatrical event that premiered in 2014 for the whole world to see lives on in our Theatre for Young Audience version of Making Treaty 7. Written by the artists of Making Treaty 7 and co-­‐ produced by Quest Theatre, our young version titled We Are All Treaty People” has been seen by over 11,000 school children and will be seen by over 15,000 kids this time around. The demand continues to grow as this story and its importance draws hope in a world of better understanding and to encourage celebrating the land we all call home. It is significant in that the true history of the land is uncovered through a spectacle of historic characters, song, storytelling and a dancing buffalo.”

Troy Emery Twigg Co‐Director and Blackfoot artist from the Kainai Nation

Ticket links can be found at www.questtheatre.org Video: https://youtu.be/AQ5eCWQryDY

The cast includes Blackfoot actor and activist Garret C. Smith, Siksika artist Elizabeth Ferguson, Stoney Nakoda musician Anders Hunter, Alexandra Dawkins and Geneviève Paré.

For more information, photos and interviews please contact:

Peita  Luti  
Director of Business Operations Quest Theatre
403‐264‐8575

The upcoming 2018 spring tour includes the following public performances:

  • April 4, 2018 Shell Theatre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • April 20 & 21, 2018 Opening of BMO Theatre at Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, Calgary
  • May 22‐25, 2018 Harbourfront JUNIOR2018 Festival, Toronto
  • June 1, 2018 Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, Alberta
  • June 3‐4, 2018 Children’s Festival of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
  • June 16, 2018 cSPACE King Edward, Calgary

About Quest Theatre       

Quest Theatre is a professional Calgary based Theatre for Young Audience company. For over 33 years, Quest has nurtured over 1.4 million young people through exceptional adventures in theatre. Our programs include Professional Touring Productions (local, national and international), Artists in School Residencies and Drama Camps. With the belief that stories can have a profound influence on human beings, we create cycles of inquiry, understanding, empathy and action that can point a young person towards a happy, healthy and inclusive life.

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