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NORfolktales of Land and Lake takes the stage this August

July 14, 2017

Port Rowan, Ontario – July 14, 2017 – Local history buffs and theatre enthusiasts will not want to miss this upcoming event. For the first time ever, and in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Long Point Region Conservation Authority and Anne Barber and Brad Harley of Shadowland Theatre are presenting the outdoor theatre production entitled NORfolktales of Land and Lake. This youth and community-based outdoor theatre production takes place this summer at Backus Heritage Conservation Area north of Port Rowan. NORfolktales is being created in four free workshop weekends at locations all across Norfolk County, culminating in an outdoor extravaganza from August 17 to 20 at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. Performances each night will be held at 7:30 pm. Tickets are: $10 for adults, $5 for youth (6-17) and free for children 6 years and younger.

“NORfolktales of Land and Lake celebrates the myriad of stories from both Indigenous and settler histories and traditions that form our sense of community in Norfolk County,” says Backus Museum Curator Sheila Johnson. “Tales of shipwreck and rum-running, invasions and rescues, heroines and mad doctors will all come to life in the historic Backus Village site,” she added.

The creative team behind NORfolktales includes Ian Bell of the Crooked Stovepipe and Shadowland Theatre’s Anne Barber and Brad Harley. They have collaborated on multiple projects in Norfolk County including Lion on the Lake held in Port Dover in 2012. NORfolktales is an ONTARIO 150 project funded by the Province of Ontario through the ONTARIO 150 Partnership Program, the Ontario Arts Council and the Youth Theatre Training Program of Theatre Ontario.