IOCO Day Port Moody

Ioco Days 2010

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.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.

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 offered Living history Workshops for this event in 2010. 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.