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Historical play project underway
Jul 11, 2014
An extraordinary historical project is underway in the Splatsin Community bringing three long time players together again.
Fifteen years ago, Rosalind Williams, cultural historian of Splatsin, James Fagan Tait a Vancouver director and Cathy Stubington, puppeteer of Runaway Moon
Theatre in Grindrod, collaborated in the writing of a script Not the Way I Heard It. This compilation and adaptation of stories from Enderby and Splatsin became the
Enderby and District Community Play, which grew to include a cast of 163, and is still cited nationally for its extraordinary success in building community across
This same trio has gathered once again to write a new community play Tuwitames (too-weet-a-miss; he/she is growing up).
“Creation stories and history from ancient times to recent are intertwined with a personal story of a young man trying to find his roots,” explained Stubington.
Williams, who has been speaking with Splatsin Elders and documenting stories, history and tradition for over 30 years, approached Runaway Moon Theatre to
collaborate on the project, which will incorporate the Splatsin Language Program.
Williams said that this large-scale production is the best way to share this cultural knowledge with the Splatsin youth, and the wider population. It is also an
opportunity to share her efforts towards Secwepemc language regeneration through some of the songs that are in the play.
Rehearsals for Tuwitames began last week at the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Teaching Centre on Canyon Road behind the SuperSave gas station. A core of community
members of all ages have signed up to be part of the play, but there is still time and room for more to join, said Stubington.
“We will also be needing people to help make costumes, traditional, contemporary and fantastical, and with other aspects of the production,” said Stubington. For
more information call (250) 838-6404 (ext.2) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help the younger actors prepare for Tuwitames, there are afternoon youth theatre programs offering acting training through voice, movement and improvisation
with Tait and other theatre professionals. There are a few spots left for youth ages 13- 24.
Tuwitames will run Aug. 6-10, at the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn Teaching Centre.