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Whistler the play, act one, scene one

Whistler History will become a staged event thanks to the partnership of MY Millennium Place and Whistler Theatre Project setting a new live stage play into action with the hiring of a Canadian screenwriter to pen the living history.

“The concept of live theatre celebrating the soul of Whistler really resonated with me,” said Dennis Marriott, general manager of MY Place.

Marriott focused the development resources of MY Place to transform the dream of an original live theatre performance celebrating the history, character and challenges of building a mountain resort and community into a reality.

After 18 months of dreaming Marriott, with support from the Whistler Theatre Project, was able to commission writer Leslie Mildiner to develop a treatment or concept document for the proposed show called Living History in Whistler.

Mildiner is most famously known for his award-winning adaptation of George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, as well as the books for the hit musicals Wang Dang Doodle – The Harlem Musical and All Grown Up, produced at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. Both plays have also broken numerous box office records in Canada. Most recently, he wrote the script for Debt – the Mu$ical, slated for 2007-08 at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver. For television, he wrote for award-winning shows such as Yvon of the Yukon, What About Mimi?, Something Else and Class of the Titans. He also has two novels to his credit.

Living History in Whistler will be Whistler’s first locally commissioned theatrical work, which Marriott hopes will premiere by 2009 with national and international tours envisioned.

Quebec and B.C. in one chorus

The Whistler Children’s Chorus joins a Quebec choir from École Cure-Antoine-Labelle to make beautiful music together concert on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Church.

The Quebec choir also performs solo Sunday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Village Gazebo in front of The Mountain Club.

The two groups will come together in a cultural exchange sponsored by the SEVEC Youth Exchanges Canada program. The program is aimed at youth groups between the ages of 12 and 17 years old from various provinces and territories across Canada.

The Whistler and Quebec choirs are participating in an eight-day exchange of culture and fun.

“This is a clear example of a successful community partnership where families, businesses and schools/organizations have joined forces to encourage personal growth, community pride and a greater understanding of our Canadian heritage,” said Janet Hamer, co-director of the Whistler choir.

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