Neptune and Presentation House Theatre (PHT) already have a longstanding partnership, and this year we are building on that to do more together. PHT offers programs designed to empower seniors and reduce social isolation, provide education and social supports for children and youth, and bring together communities. These are our goals at Neptune too, so the expanded relationship is a perfect match. Some of the offerings this season include:
A new initiative, Black History Matters, provides in-class interactions with North Shore elementary school students on the topic of Black History in Canada.
The Firefly Project provides an opportunity for our youngest students to interact with each other through writing, drama and art. Beyond the literary and art-based skills this program offers, each child is provided a safe, supportive place to show their classmates their creative side.
The Seniors Take Your Seat program, long supported by Neptune and run in partnership with North Shore Neighbourhood House, provides PHT show tickets for seniors who have difficulty getting out in the community, whether for financial, physical or social reasons.
The Golden Firefly is similar to our youth Firefly program but tailored for seniors. Participants gather weekly and work with professional actors to open their imaginations and develop their sense of play through theatre games, acting exercises and stories.
Presented in partnership with Spakwus Slolem (Bob Baker’s Eagle Song Dancers, Squamish Nation) and Tsatsu Stalqaya (Coastal Wolf Pack Dance Group, Musqueam Nation), the Nchem’ ús Day is an annual community event welcoming people from all cultures and ages to gather on PHT lawns to learn and play one of the most popular ancient games on Coast Salish territories.