Whitehorse Independent Theatre (WIT) announces the release of the documentary Stories into Songs on Community Cable 9 starting November 26, 2018. It can also be viewed on our website here!
In March of 2018, WIT culminated its New Horizons Seniors Project with a performance of nine original songs. These songs and interviews with participants form the content of the new documentary. The goal of the project was to team up seniors (anyone over 55) with senior musicians and to create songs that represent what is on the minds of seniors.
The subject matter was gained through a series of workshops, hosted by Arlin McFarlane, with assistance from Annie Avery, Grant Simpson, and Nicole Edwards. Together they wrote the songs from the stories they heard. A band was then hired to play the songs back to the participants and the community at large.
“The event itself was joyful,” says McFarlane of the live performance in the Old Fire Hall in March 2018. “Now everyone can see it again and those who missed it have the opportunity to catch it”.
Song titles include “Aging is Not for Sissies”, “Mountains I Don’t Have to Climb Them”, “Shake that Devil Out” and “Activists Anthem”. The enthusiastic audience clapped along and asked for an opportunity to see the performance again.
The Stories into Songs project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.