September 2010 SaskSecrets

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The Trial of Louis Riel: “Riel's Reunion”

The Trial of Louis RielNow in its 44th year of performances, The Trial of Louis Riel is back again, but this time with a twist.

Organizers are titling this year’s performance "Riel's Reunion – 125th Anniversary and Year of the Métis Reunion Performance". What that means is that this year they intend to bring back all the former 'Riels' who have played the role over the past 44 years, making it possible for The Trial of Louis Riel to remain the longest running theatre production in Saskatchewan, and second in Canada next to Anne of Green Gables. 

The 'Riels', which include, Steve Arsenych, Ron Jooristy, Bob Medak, Richard Lapointe, Del Fraser, Alain Clarmont, Wilfred Gayleard, and Guy Michaud, will comprise the six-man jury during the performance of the trial. Normally, the jury is made up of people chosen from the audience.  

The Trial of Louis RielWho was Louis Riel?
Louis Riel is perhaps the most controversial figure in Canadian history. His story has been written several times by many different historians. Often times, Riel is seen as a challenger of the status quo, a menace to society or perhaps a man who was out of balance. Whatever the angle, these stories do not tell of the Riel that the Métis people hold dear to their hearts. These stories do not present the Métis perspective or show any comprehensive understanding of what Riel was trying to do on behalf of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. That is what The Trial of Louis Riel aims to accomplish.

Upcoming Performances of The Trial of Louis Riel:
November 12 - 7:30pm, Regina Performing Arts Centre, Regina

November 15 - 1:00pm & 7:00pm, Kerry Vickar Centre, Melfort

November 16 – 1:00pm & 7:30pm, Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon

November 17 - 1:30pm & 7:30pm, E.A. Rawlinson Centre, Prince Albert

For more information visit The Trial of Louis Riel website.