Young People’s Theatre Opens Season with A Story Before Time

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Scene from A Story Before Time; photo by Don Lee

Scene from A Story Before Time; photo by Don Lee

Young People’s Theatre’s season opens with an age-old story: the Dora-nominated  A Story Before Time, a colourful interpretation of the Iroquois Creation Story from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre told through music, dance and drama.  Written by Drew Hayden Taylor and created by director/choreographer Santee SmithA Story before Time also features original music composed by Donald Quan, which blends traditional Iroquoian social songs and contemporary music incorporating both the Mohawk and Cayuga languages.

The story opens in a wondrous Sky World where Sky Beings dance like stars in the cosmos. Life on Turtle’s back begins when Sky Woman falls through the roots of the Celestial Tree to the Water World below. Sky Woman sings and dances her world into existence while the balance of the universe is established. Creatures such as muskrat, otters, geese, chipmunk, raccoon and deer closely follow the action.

A Story Before Time runs at the Young People’s Theatre, Mainstage from October 16-24 and is suitable for children from grades 1 through 6. It is an ideal complement to the grade 3 and grade 6 Social Studies curriculum on Early Settlers and Aboriginal Peoples. Educational benefits aside, A Story Before Time is also an enjoyable way for families to explore a unique and lively narrative dance performance by one of Canada’s leading contemporary companies, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

For showtimes and tickets, please visit youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

© 2013 Arpita Ghosal, Sesaya

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