NORTH BATTLEFORD — Sum Theatre and La Troupe du Jour joined forces to create and perform the musical play, Theatre on the Rink: Elder Brother and the Bison. North Battleford was the last stop. Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert were on the list of former places they performed in.
The 15-minute musical on ice was based on a Cree story and was performed twice on Sunday at the Connaught School ice rink.
In the play, Elder Brother (Weesageechak) wants to live the carefree life of a Bison. Little does he know that the Bison have their own struggles, too. Based on a Cree story about empathy and learning to walk a mile in another’s hooves, this co-production features dialogue in English, French, and Cree.
Theatre on the Rink is a free professional live theatre show for everyone, which tours to outdoor rinks across Saskatchewan, encouraging people to get outside and have fun in their community during the winter. This production was made possible through the support of the David Edney Fund for the Arts (Saskatoon Community Foundation), and with the City of Regina supporting a tour to Regina.
Sum Theatre is a Saskatoon-based independent theatre company. Incorporated in 2011, it is guided by values of Fun, Inclusion, Innovation, Reciprocity, and Empathy.
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