Children of God

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Michelle Bardach

Matt Barnes

Herbie Barnes, Kevin Loring, Aaron M. Wells

Emily Cooper

Children of God

Emily Cooper

Michael Torontow, Aaron M. Wells, Kevin Loring, Herbie Barnes

Emily Cooper

Cheyenne Scott and Trish Lindstrom

Emily Cooper

Cheyenne Scott, Herbie Barnes, Kim Harvey, Kevin Loring, Kaitlyn Yott, Aaron M. Wells

Emily Cooper

Canada 150 event

NAC Co-production

NAC English Theatre Collaboration

  • A musical by Corey Payette

Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission.

An Urban Ink (Vancouver) Production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre, in association with Raven Theatre (Vancouver) and presented in association with the NAC's Canada Scene Festival.

Children of God is a gorgeous, powerful musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. The story of Rita, a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, Tom and Julia, who never knew she came, pushes toward redemption. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. Inspired by First Nations music, Payette’s profoundly moving score also includes echoes of provocative Broadway masterpieces such as Fun Home and Next to Normal

Audience Advisory: Mature themes. Some audience members may find certain scenes disturbing.
Emotional Support Workers are available to provide counseling to audience members who may require it. All are welcome in our support room. Please see an usher for directions.

“I saw this production in Kamloops on the third night of a small festival season presented by the Western Canadian Theatre Company. I’m sure they could have sold out three times for the number of people clamouring to get in, all after word of mouth had spread from the first two nights about this powerful musical by Oji-Cree writer Corey Payette. I knew after the first scene that it was destined for Canada’s stage.” – Jillian Keiley, Artistic director, NAC English Theatre

“Children of God is must-see theatre for Canadians.”
Globe and Mail
Canada 150 event


  • Featuring Herbie Barnes
  • Cathy Elliott
  • Kim Harvey
  • Trish Lindstrom
  • Kevin Loring
  • Cheyenne Scott
  • Michael Torontow
  • Aaron M. Wells
  • Kaitlyn Yott

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