Spectacular lineup of performers to tour Northern schools

SEPT 18, 2005 – Who says you need to go to the big city to see great theatre and music? This school year, over 20,000 students from Prince George to Tumbler Ridge will get a chance to see some of BC?s top performers right in their own schools.

Twenty groups and solo artists will perform over 300 northern school shows between September and May through ArtStarts in Schools touring program. Whether it?s the gentle art of story telling, the tragic-comedy of clowning or the humor of improv theatre, a range of top-flight performers will travel to schools large and small, performing in bustling centres to smaller towns such as New Aiyansh and Telegraph Creek.

One outstanding touring act is high-energy Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira group Ache Brasil, which brings its dazzling martial art dance to over 65 local schools, while the Blues Berries are set to perform their show-stopping history of popular music from the blues to the current musical scene to students at 40 schools. Anne Glover will draw children into her spellbinding blend of bilingual story telling and string figure puppetry at 25 schools. Other performers include the Alberta Opera?s Touring Association with its musical show stopper Puss n Boots, which has 16 students participate in the show; well-known First Nation?s musician and storyteller Art Napoleon; a Capella singing sensations HOJA; and Toronto?s Monster Theatre with it hilarious Canada Show, where they cover the complete history of Canada in one hour.