The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. Please see the 2019 schedule below!
As a fantastic tale for European children of the early 1900s, it’s no surprise that Peter Pan is full of racist tropes. But what happens when a story seizes the imagination and gets passed down from generation to generation with all its adventure…and all its damaging stereotypes? Sometimes, it becomes an opportunity for collaboration and healing. Ramona Big Head of Kainai Nation and Rebecca Gorham of Cardston recount the extraordinary experience of working together to bring authenticity and healing to this broken classic and to all those who participated last spring in creating and putting on the new musical Neverland: Wendy’s Story.
Ramona Big Head, (Akais siskaakii – Many Sweatlodge Woman) is a Kainai mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, educator, playwright and director. She has written and directed about 26 drama productions over the past 20 years. For her M.Ed thesis she wrote a play about the 1870 Baker Massacre of Chief Heavy Runner’s Blackfoot camp. This play went on to perform in New York City. She is currently a PhD Candidate out of the University of British Columbia. Her area of research is examining the correlation between theatre and identity in Blackfoot youth. Neverland: Wendy’s Story was Ramona’s first collaboration with Cardston Community Theatre.
Rebecca Burnham Gorham is a Cardston mother with a passion for theater and its ability to transform those who participate in it. She’s been writing, directing and performing in plays and musicals for some 25 years. As past president of Cardston Community Theatre, her primary objective was to harness the power of theater to build understanding, friendship, and belonging between the peoples of Cardston and Kainai. The collaboration experience in Neverland: Wendy’s Story was transformative for her, and she is deeply honoured to be co-presenting with Ramona Big Head.