Play focuses on coping with community changes and challenges
TRURO – Students at one local elementary school will learn about change a different way than usual.
Tintamarre, Mount Allison University’s bilingual theatre company, will visit Harmony Heights Elementary School on May 7 as part of its Comedy about Change tour. It’s the only stop the university students are making in Colchester County during this year’s tour. Submitted photo
Tintamarre, Mount Allison University’s bilingual theatre company, will visit Harmony Heights Elementary School on May 7 as part of its Comedy about Change tour.
Every year, volunteers from throughout the Mount Allison campus create an original, fast-paced, activist comedy with music that entertains and prompts reflection.
Alex Fancy, founder and director of Tintamarre, says “theatre explores important and sensitive issues in a respectful manner.”
“Our play is a visit to two villages facing a convergence of environmental and socio-economic challenges.”
More than 40 actors, designers and technicians created the original production through a collaborative process that has engaged students for three decades, and is known well beyond Mount Allison. Twelve actor-students will stage the school-tour version.
Teachers receive a learning kit, and performances are followed by an audience talkback.
“Rising sea levels, diminishing water tables, erosion, loss of jobs, and effects of industrial activity: these challenges are compounded by social and cultural differences that isolate our two villages from each other,” explained Lauren Sturgeon, a third year psychology and sociology student who has two roles in the play.
She plays a young mainlander who hangs out with a person from the island in the bay, as well as a city reporter who fails to understand what it’s like to live in either village.
“There’s hope for both villages because they learn to listen to each other, and because they have a kitchen party together,” said fourth year history, philosophy and religious studies student Luke Trainor, who has composed music for the performance.