Angela has worked as writer, director, performer, choreographer in B.C. Historical Parks; Barkerville’s Theatre Royal, Fort Steele Historical Park’s interactive Street Theatre Program, Ioco days, Voices of the Fraser on Deas Island, sponsored by Metro Vancouver.
Port Moody’s celebration of Ioco’s rich history
Angela wrote and directed short plays/scenes sponsored by Port Moody Station Museum for Ioco Day 2010 & 2011. The 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.
Angela offered Living history Workshops for children & young adults. She supplied the costumes and the scripts, the children participated. In the photo above, they are learning a song about learning and respect for their teacher.
Barkerville: Angela with Micheal Booth & Craig Wood
Voices of the Fraser
Angela’s was writer, director and performer for three years in 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 in the days of the early settlers.
Several on-site heritage buildings have been allocated to historical preservation. This event was attended by over 5000 people This interactive, site-specific event was a great success!
Cannery scene from Voices of the Fraser performed by Vince Cheng
Fraser River Revue; writer, director, performer
The Fraser River Revue was one of the scenes. It is educational, musical revue about the settlement of the Fraser River Delta (written/directed by Angela). Performed through comedy, acting, and song.Metro Vancouver 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. The Fraser River Revue was funded by
The Pacific Salmon Foundation.
I strive to provide a unique and innovative theatrical experience to an audience that offers them the option of becoming active participators. They learn about the past in a fun and entertaining manner, bring history to life with 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. We needn’t look far to find some impressive experiences and intriguing characters that pioneered our land.
One of the songs from Voices of the Fraser and in one of the scenes from the ‘Fraser River Revue’ is called “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!
Salmon Lament” 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.
- 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. This project provides a significant contribution to the Arts community and to the Education community, to public audiences and would benefit a wide range of students.” Heather Duff, Artistic Director, Vancouver Youth Theatre
“Our family attended Voices 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, Coachin
- 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. The 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 make their own fun with 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.Angela’s 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!”” Rebecca Clarke, Program & Events Coordinator, Port Mood Station Museum, Port Moody B.C.