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In its first year of operation, Authentic Voices Productions, a youth led theatre initiative, is pleased to announce the “Letters Home” Project – a multi-phased endeavour that will celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.  As a project of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network (GBSusnet) and with the support of the Ontario 150 Partnership Program and other community partners, the youth ensemble will champion the heritage and accomplishments of citizens within the area in a series of theatrical events to be showcased throughout the summer in both Walkerton and Southampton.
    

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CURTAINS CLOSE ON THIS SEASON’S AVP THEATRICAL VENTURES

     
  
            AVP successfully wraps up a dynamic season of exciting educational and theatrical experiences offered ‘for youth by youth’. 

LETTERS HOME PERFORMANCES:  “Letters Home”, an original production celebrating Bruce County and Ontario 150 took audiences on a comedic and dramatic journey through time to commemorate the accomplishments of local notables who made an impact in Bruce County and beyond.  Whether it was championing the pioneering spirit of the men and women who founded this area, honouring the valour of our War heroes or recognizing the indomitable contributions of women like Agnes Macphail and Dr. Margaret MacKellar, the troupe found creating, producing and presenting the production to be an amazingly rewarding experience.  

DRAMA WORKSHOPS:  In collaboration with Brockton’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Ensemble also led two history-based drama workshops in Walkerton for youth between the ages of 8 – 12.  The leadership skills of the youth, coupled with the enthusiasm and energy of the workshop participants resulted in dynamic performances for family members. 

MUSEUM ACTIVATION:  The curtains also fell on a successful summer of interactive activations at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton.  The AVP ensemble brought “history to life” that showcased original youth written vignettes performed right in the exhibit hall of the Museum on board the HMS General Hunter, the Kennedy Shanty and the log school house to name a few.  Museum patrons got to get up close and person with actors while learning about local and national history.  History has never been more exciting than when celebrating Ontario 150!
Bravo to our Youth Ensemble and the AVP Steering Committee for their dedication and stellar work this past year!
    
   
    

“LIVING LEGAGY ORAL HISTORY PROJECT” NOW UNDERWAY

  
Authentic Voices Productions is pleased to announce the launch of the Living Legacy Oral History Project, the final phase of “Letters Home”, an Ontario 150 Project. 
This September and October, the Youth Ensemble will be interviewing area senior citizens about their recollections of local Bruce County Life.  Whether it was early teaching experiences in a one room school, reflecting on ever changing farming practices or preserving reminiscences of local Canadian efforts during WWII, the Living Legacy Project will allow youth and seniors to collaborate in actively exploring the significant role that individuals and families have played in shaping the development of our region, province and nation.
    

AVP Ensemble following the first performances of "Letters Home" at the Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton  3

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