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Youth perform travelling play

Environmental awareness drives touring theatre troupe

A group of 15 young people from across Canada will be visiting Powell River to offer a performance of a play entitled Taking Action. They are cycling through British Columbia bearing an inspiring message of youth empowerment and sustainable consumption as part of the Sunshine Coast Tour organized by the Otesha Project.

Founded in 2002, the Otesha Project is a youth-led charitable organization that uses theatre to mobilize young people to create local and global change through their daily consumer choices. The Otesha Project has now performed to more than 100,000 people across Canada and won awards for its innovative and effective youth engagement programs.

The comedic and inspiring play shows the story of average Canadians who are choosing to be extraordinary. Audience members explore what ignites individuals to take action and what challenges and rewards are encountered in the process. The characters in the play, and the audience, are sent on a journey toward the path to sustainability, exploring positive choices they can make along the way.

The members of the travelling theatre troupe make up a mobile sustainable community and cycle from performance to performance, braving the elements, and opening conversations in communities about how residents can live more sustainably.

As they pedal more than 1,250 kilometres across British Columbia, they will explore all the ups and downs of directly addressing environmental and social justice issues through their own every day actions.

The group’s adventure starts in Vancouver and ends on Vancouver Island. They will be in Powell River from Wednesday, September 24 to Saturday, Spember 27.

This is the third time the School District 47’s Sustainable Schools Committee has hosted Otesha in Powell River. Otesha will be performing for all students in the school district as well as for the public at the Open Air Market at 2 pm, Saturday, September 24. The Otesha group will also be delivering an in-depth workshop on the banana trade at the Youth Resource Center from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, September 24. Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend free of cost.