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School Show Presentation

RustWerk Refinery’s

Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Stage Play

9/21, 9 & 11 am, Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro

Every festival, we select one of our shows to offer to local school groups. We’re excited to announce that we have a very special show to offer this year:

From Quebec, Canada, RustWerk ReFinery is bringing their live-action puppet retelling of Chester Brown’s award winning historical graphic novel: Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography! With brilliant staging and in the form of a giant graphic novel, this show will address the trial of Louis Riel, who led a 19th century rebellion of Métis people in western Canada against the English government in Ottawa, to retain the rights to their Manitoba land. The issues include the right of indigenous people in North America to their land and laws.

Here are some ways your school can participate:

To book your School Group:

We are offering tickets at the discounted price of $6 each. To secure your seats, send an email to Shanta Lee Gander. Be sure to include the name of your school, which performance you would like to attend, and the number of tickets you would like to reserve. Please include numbers for adult attendees.

Other Ways Your School Can Participate:

  • Make an announcement in your school newsletter, on your website, social media, and/or on an e-distribution list. Share the information about this show and/or include information about how your class/school is exploring this topic of indigenous people in North America, land rights, and laws.
  • Organize a lesson or discussion about land rights using our study and resource guides. We have enclosed a study guide for you to use with your students to engage them in this discussion. You can access the studyguide by clicking on this Google Doc, Louis Riel Complete Study Guide with Local Resources.
  • Engage parents and families. If you are looking for some ideas for engaging families or want to add something different to your parent-teacher nights or your school’s PTO, the information we provided can be applied to those audiences as well.

Full Study Guide for the Show Available Here: Louis Riel Complete Study Guide with Local Resources

Additional Opportunities for Educators

In addition to the guides, we also have a “Professional Day for the Teaching Artist and Therapist” taking place on September 21, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (including lunch). For more details, please visit: