From November 7-10, the stage in Ada Slaight Hall came alive at Daniels Spectrum for multiple performances of the outstanding musical, The Journey – A Living History of the Regent Park Revitalization, presented by Innocon. This year, through generous community donations, the production raised over $1 million in support of youth arts programming and sustainability at Daniels Spectrum.
This outstanding community theatre production offered youth performers from the Regent Park community the unique opportunity to gain and develop a deeper understanding of artistic skills through professionals in specific disciplines such as voice, dance, and acting.
The youth ensemble cast included multi-talented, local artists including Limees Rizeig, Trevlyn Kennedy, Jael Jones Cabey and Jahni Boodoo-Nelson, who participated in a three month-long theatrical production experience working alongside critically acclaimed performers including, world-class blues songstress Jackie Richardson, as well as award-winning actors Alana Bridgewater and Jeremiah Sparks.
Inspired by true events, THE JOURNEY tells the story of the transformation of the Toronto neighbourhood of Regent Park and the families within it, as this resilient tight-knit community undergoes a decades long revitalization. The play is written by Daniels’ President Mitchell Cohen, Co-Producer Heela Omarkhail and Director Kate Fenton in collaboration with the Regent Park community and is under the musical direction of Henry Heillig.