Premiering August 2nd at 8:00 pm
Playing during Arts Wells August 4 & 5 (times TBA)
August 9, 10, 11 at 8 pm
All tickets $15
Thank you to the generous support from the Canada Council of the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, New Pathways to Gold for helping bring this story to life. This project was developed through the Exploration Series at the Sunset Theatre in 2017 and received funding for further development and production with the goal to tour throughout the Cariboo, the Province and beyond.
by Marcel Gagnon
Join Lheidli T’enneh Elder and Juno Award Nominee, Marcel Gagnon, as he shares his journey as a young boy struggling with his identity and finding himself being called to his Indigenous roots; unfolding in a fusion of Theatre, Storytelling, Ceremony & Song, from Wolf to Raven, Frog to Bear.
Writer/Performer, Marcel Gagnon
Director, Karen Jeffery
Premiere Cast: Aaron M. Wells
Development Cast: Zach Running Coyote
Stage Manager: Duncan Gillespie
Costume Design: Lahna Lampson
Costume Builder & Traditional Costume Pieces: Keom Johnson
Lighting Designer: Hilary Britton-Foster
Set Designer: Hans Saefkow
"I don't know who you are my boy, but the drum is calling you home."
From Wolf to Raven to Frog and finally Beaver, Elder, of the Lheidli T’enneh Band and Juno Award Nominee explores the four rounds of life's journey from an Aboriginal youth come leader. Through story and song, Marcel Gagnon's main message is "The Awakening of my people thru Sweat Lodge" which is ‘The Womb of Mother Earth.'
AUDIENCE RESPONSE AND TESTIMONIALS:
"The work is a courageous and powerful offering that reveals the heart of reconciliation. Great respect for the artist. You will be deeply moved. Keep up the good work!"
Michael Margolick, BC Movement Arts
"Witnessing Awakening My People Through the Sweat Lodge was a powerful and informative experience. The level of honesty and passion with which Gagnon's story was delivered was an honour to witness and I would highly encourage anyone with the opportunity to experience this piece to do so."
Britt Meierhofer, Music Director, CFUR Radio UNBC
"I think my jaw hit the floor at the beginning and stayed there until the end. Beautifully voiced stories, gorgeous choreography and lighting, and songs I kept humming all night..."
Cass Chowdhury, Audience Member
"I highly encourage you to attend the Sunset Theatre's performance of Awakening My People Through Sweatlodge by Marcel Gagnon and developed by Karen Jeffery. The story telling is beautiful, awakening, humorous, and heart-wrenching. The music and singing reaches into your soul." BJ Bailey, Actor, Playwright