Atlantic Light Theatre Brings History To The Big Screen for All 162 Junior And Senior Schools Province-Wide
(St. John’s, NL) - Thanks to Atlantic Light Theatre (ALT) and their corporate sponsors, Newfoundland and Labrador students in grades seven through twelve will have an opportunity to learn about their province’s history on the big screen. ALT is providing a professionally produced video of their hugely successfully show A Call to Arms free of charge to all 162 junior and senior high schools across the province.
The production is a riveting and heartbreaking true story about love, bravery and sacrifice faced by an outport community during World War I. It casts an important light on the struggles and culture of rural Newfoundland that continues to shape our province to this day. It’s more than a glimpse in time -- it’s a piece of living history that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can learn from, preserve and cherish.
The original musical will be used to complement English social studies, music and theatre arts curriculum. It will also come with a complimentary syllabus for teachers.
“This is an additional resource for teachers that helps bring history to life in a captivating way through a live theatrical performance. It can also be particularly valuable for students in rural areas who, for geographical reasons, might not have an opportunity to attend a professional production of this nature,” explains Doug Vaughan, co-artistic director, ALT. “Not only is this a great learning tool, but a piece of living history that can help infuse a sense of pride and resilience in the next generation.”
Corporate sponsors the Presentation Sisters, Idea Factory, VOCM, Martek, Newfoundland Growlers, GJ Cahill and the Sisters of Mercy all played a part in making this concept a reality.
“We’re so grateful to our corporate sponsors for providing their support to help the show and share it with students across the province,” said Jacinta Mackey-Graham, co-artistic director of ALT.
A Call to Arms has a long history in education. Originally conceived as an enrichment project for students at Gonzaga High School in 2003, it was performed twice with Gonzaga students in 2004 and 2005. The show was re-envisioned in 2017 with an entirely new script based on years of research and enjoyed a successful run at Holy Heart Theatre.
The musical was written by Come From Away actor Petrina Bromley with original songs by Ged Blackmore, orchestral score by Bill Brennan, and a cast of local performers, showcasing some of the province’s finest talent.
A Call to Arms will also be performed live at the Arts and Culture Centre on September 21, 2019. Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased at the Arts and Culture box office at 729 3900.
For more information, call:
Sharon Tracey, 1-416-578-3918