Coming soon to a school near you!


Brundibar: A Children’s Opera (Streamed Video Presentation)

For grades 3-6 / 7-9
Available to stream to your school now!

Charming and inspiring, Brundibar is a video presentation available to schools through Theatre Nova Scotia’s PERFORM! program.  Along with a subtitled film from the HTYP’s 2019 production, this video presentation includes a brief introduction by Director Tessa Mendel, as well as interviews with the performers about their experience.

Brundibár is an opera written for children and performed at the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. No more than forty minutes long, it was composed in 1938 by Hans Krása, with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister and received its premiere in German-occupied Prague at the Jewish Orphanage before the mass transports of Jews to Theresienstadt began in 1942. The production, along with an educational component, guest speakers and a photography exhibit took place at Sir James Dunn Theatre in May, 2019 with performances for both schools and the public.

Directed by Halifax Theatre for Young People’s Artistic Director Tessa Mendel, with musical direction by Eszter Horvath, the production featured professional musicians, including Scott MacMillan and members of Symphony Nova Scotia, children from the local community and professional set and lighting designers.

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or call (902) 425-3876

Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present

For grades 3-6 / 7-9
Touring Spring 2021
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Created by Mi’kmaq artists (including film-maker Catherine Martin, storyteller shalan joudry, and performer/film-maker Trevor Gould), with design by artist Jordan Bennett, Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present weaves stories from the past with glimpses into current realities and dreams for the future.

Directed by Tessa Mendel with Trevor Gould, this blend of Indigenous voices and stories will be a truly unique experience for young audiences.

 Stay tuned for show times.

Mi’kmaq Stories: Past and Present
relates to the following Curriculum Outcomes:

– Investigate the role of culture in Mi’kmaq communities and the impact of cross-cultural understanding
– Comprehend and respond personally and critically to culturally diverse texts.
– Reflect on issues surrounding human rights, social justice and equity.
– Listen and interact purposefully and respectfully
– Interpret, respond and reflect on thoughts, ideas, and emotions through multiple media formats.

Additionally for Grades 7-9
– Develop an understanding of culture, diversity, and world view, recognizing the similarities and differences reflected in various personal, cultural, racial and ethnic perspectives.
– Develop an understanding of the interdependent relationship among individuals, societies, and the environment and the implications for a sustainable future.
– Develop an understanding of the past and how it affects the present and the future.
– Develop an understanding of Mi’kmaw values and culture.


Participation Guide

In order to create the fullest experience possible for your students, we offer participation packages, which will be sent electronically to each teacher bringing students to the performance.

These participation packages include guidelines for attending theatre, which will help your students know what is expected of them. They also include discussion points to introduce the play to students before attending the performance, and to explore the themes in the play with students after they see it. Suggested activities include both visual art explorations and exercises using forms of drama.


Post-Show Discussions

Performances will be followed by talk-back sessions with the actors and members of the design team, which will allow students to explore questions about the play and about theatre that interest them.

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