Our patrons have come to expect a certain level of quality when they come to the theatre and a lot of that has to do with our equipment, particularly our lighting. Not only does us allow a variety of options for our community renters including Sir John Franklin High School, St. Patrick High School, Bella Dance and Ptarmigan Ptheatrics, it also allows us to keep a travelling production as close to what the artist originally envisioned.
To make the lights work on stage, they need to be in the air. The winches are what make that happen.
We found out that in order to continue to use the NACC stage, we'd need to make a few renovations for the safety of everyone using our facility. Winches, installed 21 years ago to lift our lights, were without serial numbers or any listed make or model, which made looking up the safety requirements and load limits for them impossible. As well, industry standards have advanced considerably over two decades, making them obsolete.
They needed to be replaced. We did that over the summer so that it wouldn't interfere with the upcoming season, but now we need to pay for it. The theatre has sought out numerous funding sources but now we're going to you. It cost us $65,000, we're asking for your help to raise $20,000.
YENENE YATI/ARNAT OQAUSIIT PROJECT
This season is particularly ambitious, including a Northern play featuring perspectives from a range of Indigenous women we're calling the Yenene Yati/Arnat Oqausiit project. The name means "women's words" in North Slavey and in Siglit Inuvialuktun. It's a work in progress with an all star cast.
Gail Cyr directed and put on The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway in 2001 with a cast of all Indigenous actresses. A decade and a half later, people still rave about it. Cyr plans to use her knowledge of historic injustices to inspire her .
Kayla Tulugarjuk hopes to shed light on the intersection between Indigeneity and feminism. Among her artistic achievements are a win from the NorthWords Spark! youth writing contest, and production photography for Three Feathers, a film based on the book by Richard Van Camp.
Reneltta Arluk is of Inuvialuit, Cree and Dene descent and the first female Indigenous graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA acting program and founder of Akpik Theatre, the only professional Indigenous theatre company in the NWT.
Tiffany Ayalik is of Inuit ancestry. She discovered her love of storytelling listening to stories from her elders in the North. Tiffany often collaborates with Greyson Gritt in their Juno-award winning band, Quantum Tangle.
Yvette Nolan is an Algonquin playwright, director and dramaturg. She recently co-created and co-directed Bearing with Michael Greyeyes, which premiered at Luminato Festival in Toronto.
For more than 30 years, Micheline Chevrier has worked across Canada and abroad as a director, artistic director and dramaturge including at the Shaw Festival Theatre, the National Arts Centre and more.
To pay the actresses accordingly and give them a space that would allow them to work is also costly. It cost us $120,000. We're asking $5,000 to help support that.
Which brings us to you. If you believe the kind of programming we offer is beneficial not just to you but to the community at large, we could sure use the help. If you believe Indigenous voices need to be supported, please give us a hand. Every little bit helps. If you don't have the means to support us, spread the word to people who can help us.
Nationally acclaimed musicians, community theatre and a play putting female Indigenous voices front-and-centre are just some of the things the theatre at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre helps support, but we can't do it without your help.
- Robyn Barnet
- Paula Tremaine
- Cathy Corrigan
- Cory Vanthuyne
- Ray Bethke
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