Children of God

Must-See Musical about Residential School System

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts and Urban Ink are proud to be co-producing the Montreal premiere of the critically acclaimed Children of God. This important and stunning new Canadian musical will be playing in the Sylvan Adams Theatre from January 20 to February 10, 2019.

“This is a brave work, and a starting point for important conversations…see it.”  – The Georgia Straight

A work of immense beauty in music and story, Children of God is a powerful musical that has drawn national attention for its message of resilience and redemption. Children of God tells the story of an Oji-Cree family torn apart when the children are taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. In it, we meet Rita, a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, Tom and Julia, who never knew she came. In its fierce beauty and honesty, Children of God blends ancient traditions and contemporary realities, above all celebrating the resilience and power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. The Globe and Mail called Children of God “must-see theatre for Canadians.” An important story of reconciliation, it connects us all as we strive to honour the past while moving forward together. Inspired by First Nations music, Corey Payette’s profoundly moving score also includes echoes of provocative Broadway masterpieces such as Fun Home and Next to Normal.

Written and directed by Oji-Cree artist Corey Payette, the show was developed in collaboration with the English Theatre at the National Arts Centre. The show had its world premiere at the York Theatre (The Cultch) in Vancouver in May 2017 before moving to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. After its run at the Segal Centre, the production will tour British Columbia.

“Musical theatre has the power to move us in beautiful and unexpected ways. Corey Payette’s ingenious score not only makes us feel deep and lasting emotions, it raises the bar on the genre altogether. The end result is simply breathtaking,” said Lisa Rubin, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre.

“This is theatre that resonates on a deep emotional level” – The Ottawa Citizen

This production features a cast predominantly made up of Indigenous performers, including Michelle St. John as Rita, Dillan Chiblow as Tom/Tommy, and Cheyenne Scott as Julia.

January 20 to February 10, 2019

Sunday, January 20 – 1:30 p.m.
Monday, January 21 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 – 8:00 p.m.

Regular Run:
Saturday, January 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, January 28 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 31 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday February 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 8 – 8:00 p.m.

January 30, February 5, 6, and 7 – 1:00 p.m.
January 27, February 3, and 10 – 2:00 p.m.

An enriching pre-show lecture on the ideas and themes of Children of God.
Sunday, January 20 – 11:00 a.m.
Entrance is free.

A chance to keep the conversation going after the curtain goes down with a discussion facilitated by one of the Segal Centre’s Indigenous Outreach and Emotional Support team members: Nakuset, Vicky Boldo, and Catherine Richardson.

One of the coolest nights at the theatre for patrons under the age of 55. This social evening out includes dinner, drinks, and a discounted ticket to see Children of God.
Tuesday, January 22

Group, Senior, Student, Under 30 discounts available. Subject to availability.
For tickets and information:    514-739-7944

Segal Centre
5170 chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7

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