Eriksdale, MB October 16-21, 2018


In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Chautauquas traveled across the prairies, bringing diverse cultural programming to rural communities. Lectures, concerts, performances and demonstrations gathered the citizens together under one big tent for delightful artistic exchanges. Theatre Projects Manitoba brings to life a modern Chautauqua this fall. A merry band of multidisciplinary artists will go on the road together for one month, conducting week long residencies in four Interlake locations. Our second week will be in Eriksdale, Manitoba including forays into Lundar Manitoba.


The Rug Project- Braiding together stories from the Interlake
1:00-4:00pm, Eriksdale New Horizons Club

We invite you to participate in a collaborative storytelling project with Claire Thérèse Friesen:
“Braiding rag rugs is a skill passed on to me by my grandmother and her mother before her.  They took fabric that was worn and torn and gave it a new life by braiding it into a rug that greeted visitors as they entered the home.  Each strip of fabric represented a piece of their daily life – an old bedsheet, a favourite shirt, a stained tablecloth. Using fabric as the spark, we will share experiences and memories. We’ll discover new things about each other, while also finding out how our stories are similar and connected.”
When the project is complete, we will have created a beautiful rag rug embedded with stories of home and the land gathered from numerous communities in Manitoba’s Interlake.

Youth Theatre Class
6:30-8:30pm, Eriksdale School
Try out acting! Learn how to transform a story to a performance on stage using your body, voice and imagination. Ages 7-14.

Community Choir Rehearsal part 1
6:30-8:30pm, Eriksdale Recreation Centre
Eriksdale native Heitha Forsyth is putting together a choir of community voices! The choir will practice twice during the week and then perform at the Community Salon (Friday) and before Mary’s Wedding (Saturday)

Community Dance
1:30-3:30pm, Lundar Community Hall
All are welcome to attend an old time dance featuring Country Pride in Lundar.

Community Choir Rehearsal part 2
6:30-8:30pm, Eriksdale Recreation Centre

Adult Theatre Class
7:30-9:30pm, Eriksdale Recreation Centre
Adults and teens (ages 15 and up) will put previously written scripts inspired by the Interlake stories on their feet together with professional Winnipeg actors and directors to perform at the Community Salon (Friday).

Community Salon 
7:00-9:00pm, Sabados’ Greenhouse
An evening of local stories & performances featuring community members and the artists of the Interlake Chautauqua tour. All ages are welcome!

Community Craft Show
11:00am-2:00pm, Eriksdale Recreation Centre
A community arts and craft show and sale featuring the talents of West Interlake artists.

Lunch will be available starting at 11:30am

Mary’s Wedding, by Stephen Massicotte
2:00pm, Eriksdale Recreation Centre
A play with a heart as big as the prairie sky Mary’s Wedding is a beautiful production that honours the 100th Anniversary of Armistice (November 11, 1918) with a love story. Appropriate for ages 12 to 100. Join us! A silver collection will be taken in lieu of tickets.

During the week the artists will also be in residence at the Lundar and Eriksdale Care Homes, the Eriksdale School and the Lundar School.

Tour presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba, in collaboration with the RM of West Interlake, the Lundar Community Resources Council, Sabados’ Greenhouse, and many individual community members. The Interlake Chautauqua Tour is funded by Theatre Projects Manitoba with their support from the Winnipeg Arts Council, the The Manitoba Arts Council/ Le conseil des arts du Manitoba and the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada and all our seasonal sponsors and donors including TD Canada Trust, an essential tour partner.