Minosis Gathers Hope
by Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Alberta Aboriginal Arts (AAPA) and Punctuate! Theatre, in association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre present Minosis Gathers Hope, a play for young audiences by Christine Sokaymoh Frederick (Cree/Métis). This ambitious, Indigenous-led multidisciplinary theatre production is a fun and accessible opportunity for youth to creatively engage in Métis and Cree culture.
Minosis Gathers Hope is about a young Métis girl named Minosis (Cree for kitten), hurting from feelings of abandonment, self-doubt and racism. In the piece, Minosis travels the four directions of her grandparents yard in search of medicine wheel-coloured ribbons. This sparks the magic of ceremony, cultural teachings, mythology and legends, and ultimately connects her to the mythical figures of her grandparents’ stories.
Themes and ideas of this story involve understanding and coping with change, racism, independence and interdependence. With this play, playwright Christine Sokaymoh Frederick wishes to provide a unique way for children to come to terms with the dilemmas of their inner lives: an understanding that is vital for all Canadians whose cultures touch, evolve and interweave.
Featuring: Skye Demas, Sheldon Elter, Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Zoë Claire Glassman, Aimee Rushton, Rebecca Sadowski, Kendra Shorter and Gianna Vacirca
Playwright: Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Direction: Matthew Wishart MacKenzie
Associate Direction: Patrick Lundeen
Choreography: Santee Smith
Sound Design: Noor Dean Phatcat Musani
Environmental Design: T Erin Gruber
Stage Management: Erin Voaklander
Production Management: Trent J Crosby
Producer: Sheiny Satanove
**While in Toronto, the company is also presenting BEARS by Matthew MacKenzie. A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts and Punctuate! Theatre from Edmonton, in association with Native Earth Performing Arts and The Theatre Centre in Toronto, present the world premiere of BEARS, January 18-27, 2018.**
Find out more here: BEARS by Matthew MacKenzie - Toronto Premiere