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Proud to be Canadian
Winnipegger Maryka Chabluk presents this musical children’s show about immigration with the object of making children proud to be Canadian.
And that’s the problem.
While there was active involvement and audience participation (a dozen kids on stage, in costume), more care needs to be given to properly researching content to avoid generalizations and misinformation, of which there was plenty (Africa is not a country).
And why choose Shakira’s song Waka Waka to represent South Africa when actual South Africans like Ladysmith Black Mambazo have music especially for kids?
What needs to be presented is a strong personal narrative with characters and situations that children will identify as authentic. Sacrificing good, meaningful storytelling and trusting that children will come to their own conclusions in favour of merely “doing something good” for children is never a good idea.
— Wendy King
From the Fringe program:
An exciting interactive program with audience participation! Costumes, props and music from many lands complement the story of Canadian immigration. The cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, as well as Canada's first nations, are showcased to portray the diverse heritage of Canadians living in harmony and peace. Children are invited to dress up, march, dance and sing to the music; blending together cooperative values, learning and laughter, as an expression of Canadian Pride.
Director: Maryka Chabluk
Cast: Maryka Chabluk
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under)
Babes in arms permitted.
Updated on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM CDT:
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM CDT: