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What Was My Backyard?

A co-production between Jumblies Theatre, Community Arts Guild and Theatre Direct

Originally created as part of the Jumblies Theatre
Composing Community Workshops & Touching Ground Festival

What Was My Backyard? whimsically enters into questions about the land and people of what is now Toronto.  Exploring what came before the settlers arrived: Indigenous people, villages and ways of life, waterways, salmon, mastodons and giant beavers, What Was My Backyard? asks young people to think about what was here before on the land where our homes, playgrounds, parks, streets and backyards now stand, and allows us to imagine glimpses of answers.

 What Was My Backyard? had a work-in-progress performance at Jumblies Theatre’s The Ground Floor on January 16th, and a pilot engagement at Willow Park Public School, Scarborough from January 22 to 24, 2020.

Artistic & Production Team Team (Winter 2020): 

Composers: Britta Johnson, Biaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon 
Director: Beth Helmers  
Musical Director: Shifra Cooper  
Choreographer: Nimikii Couchie  
Guest Writer: Sarah Gartshore  

Designers: Ruth Howard, Sherry Guppy  
Costumes: Oshan Starreveld  
Other Designer-Makers: Karis Jones Pard, Jamie Oshkabewisens, Tijana Spasich, Adrienne Marcus Raja  

Production Stage Manager: Ashley Bomberry  
Assistant Stage Manager: Karis Jones Pard  
Lighting & Technical Director: Steafan Hannigan  
Prop-maker &Technician: Lochlan Cox  

Dancers & Performers: Tijana Spasich, Jamie Oshkabewisens, Damien Scott, Kennedy Bomberry, Ruedi Narowski-Vesely, Lanna Moon, Oshan Starreveld, Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Zevon Ketchabaw  
Musicians: Pesch Napoose (singer), Daev Clysdale (piano), Georgia Hathaway (fiddle), Zevon Ketchabaw (violin), Naomi McCarroll-Butler (clarinet), Marc Blouin (clarinet), Jamie Oshkabewisens (hand drum)  

Gather Round Singers: Alma Lilia Yañez Gutierrez, Amy Van Zant, Ann Lyons, Bernadette Shuman, Bruno Santistaban, Catherine Moeller, Gehan Udayanga, Harshi Hemachandra, Herold van de Ven, Hodan Ibrahim, Janis Proctor, Jon Field, Lanna Moon, Lily Rovillos, Lisette Cogdell, Lucy Bruce, Marlene Sheehan-Carey, Margaret Bojin, Margaret Oldfield, Mario Pietrantoni, Marlee Hague, Melissa Burgess, Mina Arakawa, Renata De Rege, Risa De Rege, Sally Wellen, Sam Egan, Sam Rowlandson-O’Hara, Sandra Kanagasabai, Shelley La Hay, Sidney Ohonsi, Tamyka Bullen, Tasmeen Syed, Tiffany Ohonsi, Violet Archer, Yan Deng