Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.16

May 20, 2004


Time out from rehearsal


Photo of Romeo & Juliette cast

Top row: Toriki Bouhairie, participant; Dr. Akinori Hamamura, Director, Kokura Rehabilitation Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan; participants Jean-Philippe Tadros, Anne-Marie St. Laurent, David Allen, Umberto Di Giovanni; Mira Rozenberg, drama therapy student, and assistant director of the current show; Joanabbey Sack, dance/movement therapist, choreographer. Bottom row: Dr. Seishi Sawamura, Honorary Director, Hyogo General Rehabilitation Center, Hyogo, Japan, and Dr. Stephen Snow, Director of the Centre’s Creative Arts Therapies program, and the show’s director.
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Concordia’s Centre for the Arts in Human Development played host on May 14 to visitors from Japan on a tour of Canadian rehabilitation facilities. The actors were in rehearsal for their latest original musical, Romeo and Juliet on Dante Street, to be staged at the D.B. Clarke Theatre on June 19 and 20.

Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet, has been situated in Montreal’s Little Italy, and features the developmentally challenged participants as lead actors.

Students from Mile End and Venture High School are apprentices for the production and will also display their creativity through acting, singing and stage management.

Production costs are covered by the Birks Family Foundation, and a major sponsor for this special event is the Quebec Foundation for the Intellectually Handicapped. For tickets, call (514) 848-2424, ext. 8619.