VOLCANO THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF SCOTT JOPLIN’S TREEMONISHA
TREEMONISHA: A REIMAGINING OF ONE OF THE
WORLD’S FIRST BLACK OPERAS
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
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,
|6:10pm||Welcoming remarks, Treemonisha Background and Weyni Mengesha Introduction|
|6:17pm||Weyni Mengesha, show vision and impact|
|6:20pm||Weyni introduces Treemonisha, soprano Neema Bickersteth, accompanied by Nicole Bellamy and the song – “Slow Drag”.|
|Performance – Neema Bickersteth and Nicole Bellamy|
|6:25pm||Case for Support – Charmain Emerson|
Thanks Nicole, Weyni and Neema.
We would like to thank Cameron Thomas of Pennant Media Group for the media release.