VOLCANO THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF SCOTT JOPLIN’S TREEMONISHA

TREEMONISHA: A REIMAGINING OF ONE OF THE
WORLD’S FIRST BLACK OPERAS

What:
Internationally acclaimed Toronto-based theatre company Volcano announces the official launch of a ground-breaking project: Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha.

This is a Black-women-led reimagining of one of the world’s first all-Black operas, Treemonisha. It tells the story of the evolution of a young Black woman into an effective leader, able to reunite a fractured community. It was written in 1911 by ragtime giant Scott Joplin.

This VIP event will bring artists and composers together to kick-off a crowdfunding campaign designed to raise the $30,000 balance to stage the upcoming spring production. 

Guests will enjoy an exclusive musical performance by Treemonisha heroine, Neema Bickersteth.

Also, an exciting Instagram campaign will go ‘live’ and encourage audiences to nominate their own #RealLifeTreemonisha – highlighting the extraordinary achievements of Black women across Canada and the USA.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6pm-7:30pm

Where: True True Diner, 169 King Street East

Who:
Charmain Emmerson- MC
Weyni Megesha – Soul Pepper Theatre and Director of Treemonisha
Neema Bickersteth- lyric soprano and title role in Treemonisha
Nicole Bellamy- Pianist

A full run of show is outlined below,

6:10pmWelcoming remarks, Treemonisha Background and Weyni Mengesha Introduction
6:17pmWeyni Mengesha, show vision and impact
6:20pmWeyni introduces Treemonisha, soprano Neema Bickersteth, accompanied by Nicole Bellamy and the song – “Slow Drag”.
Performance – Neema Bickersteth and Nicole Bellamy
6:25pmCase for Support – Charmain Emerson
Thanks Nicole, Weyni and Neema.

We would like to thank Cameron Thomas of Pennant Media Group for the media release.