The goal was to bring the story of Macdonald and his role in Confederation to students from Kindergarten to grade 8 in a rocking, musical comedy. The production, Sir John, Eh? The Road Show, was a hit. Student audiences in Kingston were delighted with the show which was presented at École Sir John A. Macdonald Public School during John A. Week in January 2014. After the week of birthday celebrations in Kingston, the Acting Company packed up and made its way to New Brunswick on the wintry Trans Canada. They performed in school gymnasiums and theatres to groups as small as 60 and as large as 400. They set up the show, performed, and moved on to the next school sometimes in the same day.
"What a wonderful show! The enthusiasm, talent, and level of energy demonstrated by the actors kept our students engaged. It was not only a great learning experience, but so much fun. Thank you very much."
"After the show we were asked to stay back and talk with the cast of Honk! and give them some pointers and advice about being in a show and doing theatre which we happily obliged. I don’t think I’ve even seen children so excited! To not only pass on knowledge of Canadian history but also the industry of the arts was a special experience."
Paul Dyck, (George Brown)
...on giving pointers to the student cast of Honk! at Park West School in Halifax
"The kids seemed to be particularly interested in the behind-the-scenes of the show, and how we went about making it. It's nice that we are able to take a few moments after the show to talk about that. While we don't want to take the "magic" out of the experience, it's exciting for the kids to hear a little bit about what went in to making the show possible and hearing the actors talk in a casual way about themselves and Canadian history."
David Rockne Corrigan (Sir John A. Macdonald)
on talk-backs with the kids:
"After every show we perform we tell the audience they were the best we have seen, and it really is true. At every performance we are blown away with the reactions we get (not to mention the standing ovations) and the amazing, bright and hilarious questions the kids ask.”
Joanna Kellam (our Queen Victoria)
on the great reception they get from their audiences.