The Make Believer Project
May 28, 2018
Carrie Gour for Stardale Women's Group
Opening night of The Make Believer Project was an unexpectedly moving experience for everyone lucky enough to be in attendance May 23rd.
In partnership with Contemporary Calgary at the C-Space Theatre, the girls of Stardale performed their own writing, facilitated by renowned playwright Eugene Stickland and directed by Helen Young. For many of the girls, it was the first time they'd ever spoken in public before, let alone exposing the inner-workings of their hearts and lives. Their bravery was rewarded: The audience was measurably touched, reaching out afterward with the following unsolicited reviews.
The performance was so authentic. The tears were flowing for me very early on. I don't know any of those girls, but I was so proud of them. With each performance, I can only assume that they will get stronger and more confident as a team of warriors. I've already told many friends and colleagues about the performance and I absolutely intend on coming to one of the performances again in June. - Sarah, grade school teacher
I was honoured to experience [the girls'] voices. - Betsy, physiotherapist & German New Medicine practitioner
These girls clearly have found a space where they are safe and able to share the things that have been holding them back. The most poignant response was when one of the ladies said, "The best part of Stardale is that we know we are not alone, that there are other people going through what I am going through." Isn't that, truly, all we need in order to begin to heal? Please pass along my sincerest gratitude and congrats to all the girls, Eugene, Helen and all the other amazing people that work with you at Stardale. All the best for the rest of your shows! I am sure they will just get better and better! - Allison, high school teacher
I was moved to tears at the Opening Night of The Make Believer Project. I encourage [everyone] to attend and hear their stories of resilience and wisdom through pain and systemic discrimination. The girls took time after the performance to share what being a part of [Stardale] has meant to each of them, completely candid and in some cases, raw. It reminded us all in the power of female friendship and kindness. I don't think anyone in that theatre left with the same perspective and inspired to do more to build a more inclusive, supportive society that fosters our differences, culturally and individually. - Laila, O&G Director of Community Investment
You have many chances to see this powerful performance for yourself, as The Make Believer Project is going on tour!
Then Urban Stories Theatre will host performances June 5, 6, 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm at the Knox United Church, 506-4th St. SW. Each performance at the Knox, will be followed by "A Touch of Grace," another production about teen prostitution and the people who help young girls get off the street and reclaim their lives. Tickets can be purchased through Urban Stories Theater. On the evening of June 7th there will be a reception hosted by the University of Calgary Campus Mental Health Strategy and student Wellness Centre, which will take place between 6 to 7 PM. The reception is open to the public.
The Make Believer Project is also confirmed to present at the Globe Theatre on Saturday June 16th in conjunction with Changing the Face of Addictions Society, from 3:00-5:00pm. Following the performance, the Society will be showing a film on Heroin and hosting a discussion about addictions.
Finally, Stardale will be performing in commemoration of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 at the new South Health Campus at 2:00pm. Open to the public and free of charge.
For more information contact Executive Director Helen McPhaden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-243-6615