LIVING HISTORY PERFORMANCES

Voices of the Fraser

 An educational, musical revue of the history of the settlement of the Fraser River Delta written and directed by Angela Brown. This is a dynamic and entertaining play is a thoroughly researched account of the conditions of the early settler’s lives. Portrayed through characterization, acting, and song, we meet the cornerstones of the founding industries along the Fraser River, Delta, Ladner and New Westminster. Key events in B.C’s history were re-enacted on Deas Island (2006 – 2008) where several heritage buildings have been relocated, and a portion of the park has been allocated to historical preservation. This event, sponsire3d by Metro Vancouver was attended by over 5000 people including elementary school students, as well as a special visit by the mayor. The interactive, site-specific play was a great success!

 

Cannery scene from Voices of the Fraser performed by Vince Cheng

 

 

Fraser River Revue

 One of the songs… “Darn Those Skitters” a distraught farmer and his farm animals sing about the hardships of living along side the Fraser and dealing with mosquitoes the size of bumblebees! “The Salmon Lament” is sung by three giant salmon who speak to us humans about their struggle and plight. The song and comic bits are performed by three salmon…are Flip, Finn and Gill. Since the onset of the Fraser River review we three fish have been performing this piece at The Coho Walk at the Cleveland Dam North in Vancouver every September.

Voices of the Fraser

Angela’s was writer, director and performer for three years for a “Living History” event sponsored by Metro Vancouver. This event took place on Deas Island, one of Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks.

Voices of the Fraser was both entertaining and educational built upon a series of short scenes about the history of the Fraser River Estuary. Nine professional actors portrayed some of the colorful characters that existed back tin the early days of the settlers.

 

Voices of the Fraser

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Vince Cheng as cannery worker Actors in in “Fisher Kitchen”

Actors in in “Fisher Kitchen”

Inside Inverholme School

Mr. Burr (James Simpson) & Ian Crane

Testimonials for Voices of the Fraser

“Heritage buildings and tents are utilized on site as stage areas as audience members stroll through the park visiting various locations, scenes, and authentic historical characters that bring the colorful history of Deas Island to life. For three consecutive years, I have been an audience member at Voices of the Fraser and have been impressed by this innovative project. In addition, as the Artistic Director of Vancouver Youth Theatre. This project provides a significant contribution to the Arts community and to the Education community, as well as to public audiences. School audiences have attended the play, and expansion of the school field trip audiences would be beneficial for a wider range of students.” Heather Duff, Artistic Director of Vancouver Youth Theatre

 

“Our family attended the Voice of the Fraser event in June. It is one of the best events we have seen. It is educational, fun and taking full advantage of the park setting. We would like to congratulate Metro Vancouver and particularly the artistic producer for putting on such wonderful and accessible event for the public. We would like to see this event advertised more widely. All the schools in the Delta District should be encouraged to see this very special historic performance. We are looking forward to see more events similar to this in the future.” Tad Young & Paula Temrick, Principal PERSPECTIVES, HR Consulting Inc. Workplace Training, Conflict Resolution Facilitation, Mediation, Coaching

IOCO Day

Ioco Day

Port Moody’s celebration of Ioco’s rich history

I was contracted to write and direct short plays/scenes sponsored by Port Moody Station Museum for Ioco Day 2010 & 2011. These scenes were performed by professional actors; Tom Tasse, Patrick Lambier and Charlen Luedke. The characters they portrayed were from 1919 based on a time when Ioco was a Company Town, controlled by Imperial Oil.

 

Interpreter, writer, director, performer

I strive to provide a unique and innovative theatrical experience to an audience offering them the option of becoming active participators. This way, they learn about the past in a fun and entertaining manner, bringing history to life and providing a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who built our Province and our country. The stories of our ancestors and First Nations people are the true stories about how British Columbia was born I find most fascinating. We needn’t look far to find some impressive experiences and intriguing characters that pioneered our land.

“Metro Vancouver and HPE contracted Ms. Brown as writer/director/performer for Voices of the Fraser, and Fraser River Revue both which took place at Deas Island Regional Park in Delta B.C. This production was also a part of Fraser Fest in New Westminster for four consecutive years. Angela has a two hander musical performance called Fraser River Revue based on this work which was recently funded by Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Historical Performance Ensemble For many years now, I have acted as performer, writer, interpreter & teacher as a a member of (GVHPS.org) Artistic Director Catherine Lee and Pat Unruh as Musical Director. This company offers delightful professional performances of Renaissance and Baroque dance, song & theatre in sumptuous period costume, and live music on period instruments. Entertainment and atmosphere for trade shows, conferences & special events, mingling with guests & clientele. Entrancing educational presentations and school shows including audience participation.

 

Living History Workshops

Younger participants took part in “Living History” workshops in 2010. We collaborate on the creation of short scenes based on the history of British Columbia. They really get a kick out of finding out what it was like to be a student in a one-room schoolhouse in the early 1900′s or discover what the children did way back then. Asking questions like… How did children, in the early part of the 20th century, make their own fun when there was no TV, computer games or I Pods?

“I found Angela to be very professional. Her background in working with historically based genres was evident in the insight she brought to the project.The scripts she developed were well written and performed. the audience responded well and it helped us convey the heritage of Port Moody’s Ioco townsite in a new and interesting way.” Rebecca Clarke, Program & Events Coordinator, Port Mood Station Museum, Port Moody B.C.

I offered Living history Workshops for this event. I supplied the costumes and the script and the children just showed up and participated. We did three short scenes at different times of the day. Here they are learning a song about the importance of learning and the respect they should have for their teacher. It hails from the early 20th century. I am playing the schoolteacher leading the students in a parade.

“These workshops are a fantastic opportunity for the kids involved. The children get a taste of what it like to live in the early days of the settlers and they find out how exciting it can be to put on a production and get to see it all the way though in one hour!Rebecca Clarke, Program & Events Coordinator, Port Moody Station Museum, B.C.

Golden Spike Days Port Moody

In 2011, I was contracted to work with young adults creating scenes that reflected the excitement of the CPR coming to Port Moody. They roved the site at Golden Spike Festival.

The costumes were mostly provided mostly by myself and somefrom the collection at the Station Museum in Port Moody.

Ioco Days 2011

In 2011, the scenes were based on the year 1928. I had the opportunity of directing young, talented actors in a number of short scenes performed for Ioco Day. I myself acted the role of Miss Kneeshaw, a school teacher in the Ioco school. I had a wonderful opportunity of meeting two of Miss Kneeshaw’s students at at the event who remembered her fondly. They exclaimed…”We can’t believe how young you look …for a ghost!”

“I found Angela to be very professional. Her background in working with historically based genres was evident in the insight she brought to the project.The scripts she developed were well written and performed. The audience responded well and it helped us convey the heritage of Port Moody’s Ioco townsite in a new and interesting way.” Rebecca Clarke, Program & Events Coordinator, Port Mood Station Museum, Port Moody B.C.

IOCO Day and Golden Spike Festival Port Moody B.C. 2010 and 2011. Canada Day in Port Moody, I directed a groups of young adults to play roles of a characters from the time of the railroad when it went through Port Moody. I dressed the actors in costume from the early 1900’s from my personal collection.

  • I have worked as writer, director, performer, choreographer in B.C, Historical Parks such as Barkerville’s Theatre Royal stage shows and Fort Steele Historical Park’s interactive Street Theatre program.
  • Photo above: Michael Booth, myself and Craig Wood