Victoria Baha’i Community proudly presents: The Gathering
MUSICAL DRAMA PREMIERES IN HONOUR OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BAHA’U’LLAH
(VICTORIA, 22 September 2017) –The Gathering, a musical drama directed by Victoria resident Laura Lee, premieres this October 20 & 21 at the Glenlyon Norfolk School Theatre. Commissioned by the Baha’i Community of Victoria, it is one of thousands of celebrations being held at the grassroots level across Canada and the globe on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith.
Drawing inspiration from a traditional Hopi legend and the writings of Baha’u’llah, The Gathering is a contemporary blend of story, music and dance affirming our origin as one human family and offering a glimpse of our noble destiny.
Lee pulls together a diverse cast of local actors, dancers and musicians to bring this inspiring story to life. “The writings of Baha’u’llah emphasize that this is an age when all the peoples of the world are being drawn together as one human family. The Gathering depicts the pain and challenges of our coming together and celebrates the powerful energy and potential it offers.”
The story is told from the perspective of an Indigenous youth who is searching for the meaning of existence and his purpose in it. “I think that we, as a human race, are on a parallel journey with this adolescent youth”, says Lee. “His questions, and perhaps some of our own, are answered through the stories of the grandmother, which come to life through music and dance.”
For her role as grandmother Deloria Bighorn says “It’s my honour to share that we the original inhabitants of this great land were given the wisdom and guidance of the Creator in ways indigenous to us. Today they are needed more than ever to find a path to the healing and unification of our Mother Earth. ”
Performances of The Gathering are being held at Glenlyon Norfolk School Theatre, 801 Bank St., Victoria, on October 20 & 21. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served after each show. Free tickets are general admission and can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
An additional performance is being sponsored by the Baha’i Communities of the Saanich Peninsula on Sunday, October 22, 2pm at the Parkland Secondary School Theatre, North Saanich, Doors open at 1:30pm and the celebration will be followed by light refreshments.
All performances are open to the public and are being offered as a gift to the community free of charge.
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