Black History Month
When Elephant was King
by Chimwemwe Miller
-Book your school today!
Public Performance: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Kids under 12: $6
Black Community Resource Centre
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About When Elephant was King:
Feeling as though life is out of control, personal tragedy forces Tembo into the land where stories come to die. Inspired by the great story about a time when elephant was king, Tembo sets out on a remarkable journey – a journey to piece fragments of the past together and help transform the land into a place where stories will always be remembered.
Tembo arrive dans un pays étranger où les histoires viennent s’échouer pour mourir. Inspiré par la belle histoire du temps où l’éléphant était roi, Tembo entreprend un voyage remarquable : un voyage pour transformer cette contrée en un endroit où les histoires seront toujours vivantes.
About BTW School Tour:
For over 20 years, Black Theatre Workshop has celebrated Black History Month by touring its plays in schools, libraries and community centers in and around Montreal. Our goal is to bring far-reaching and powerful theatre experiences to young audiences.
Directed by Tamara Brown
Tamara Brown is an actor, director, and singer; and since 2006 has been a veteran of the Black Theatre Workshop School Tour. Her BTW school tour credits include: Afrika Solo, Mella Mella, The Nutmeg Princess, and most recently in last year’s production of New Canadian Kid. Or perhaps you saw BTW’s production of Skin, also directed by Tamara. (You probably haven’t seen the other plays she’s directed, which is a good thing-most definitely Not for Young Audiences.) She also teaches voice and acting for Black Theatre Workshop’s YouthWorks program (which she ran for many years as the Program Director), as well as at Concordia University, Geordie Theatre School, and ASM Montreal. She recently founded Metachroma with some of her dearest friends, a theatre company that’s she’s really, really proud of. She has the greatest respect for young audiences, among the most honest and rewarding people to create for, and hopes that you all enjoy the show.
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Davide is thrilled to be working with Black Theatre Workshop for the first time with such an awesome team of artists. A graduate of the John Abbott Professional Theatre Program and recipient of the Pamela Montgomery Award, Davide is proud to be the new Artistic Associate of Teesri Duniya Theatre. He appeared in their last season in both State Of Denial and The Poster. Other credits include The Taming of the Shrew (Repercussion Theatre), Sala XVIII (Canis Tempus) and Henry V (Persephone Productions). He also occasionally appears at the Leonardo DaVinci Center with Il Gruppo Teatrale Trinacria – a Sicilian theatre company that has been around for over 25 years. Davide is honored to be able to tell this heartfelt story and to bring theatre to young audiences.
Privileged to have worked with companies from coast to coast, Mike is an award-winning actor and director from Montreal. Selected acting credits include the national tour Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud/Taragon/ACC Nfld/Magnetic North); Richard III (Metachroma); Pirates of Penzance (Segal Centre); Humans (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre); Robinson Crusoe (Geordie); The Jungle Book (Geordie/Citadel/MTYP), as well as A Raisin in the Sun, Skin, Nutmeg Princess and New Canadian Kid (Black Theatre Workshop). He has directed several Montreal premiere productions including Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson, A Line in the Sand by Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus Youssef, and Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley. For Black Theatre Workshop, he directed and adapted the TYA production of George Seremba’s Come Good Rain and most recently the mainstage Montreal premiere of Djanet Sears’ Harlem Duet. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre and co-founder of the new company Metachroma Theatre.
Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Cassandre moved to Montreal in 2007 to pursue her studies at Concordia University. In June 2011, she graduated, with distinction, from the Theatre Performance program. Selected credits include: Quebec a la Carte for the Charlottetown Festival , Oedipus by Ned Dickens for the City of Wine festival , For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuff by NuSpyce Productions, Colombia Days: A Musical Memoir directed by George Rideout, and last year she performed in Geordie theatre productions’ touring show: The Story of Sadako. This is Cassandre’s first time working with Black Theatre Workshop and she couldn’t be more thrilled at the chance: Thank you to everyone at BTW for the opportunity- and thanks to Tamara, Mike, Davide and Martine for the awesome ride!