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"TREE DRUM" is told by Bill Beauregarde (Cree/Enoch.) It explores the personal life story and experience of Indigenous theatre artist Bill Beauregarde, who was taken from his family at the age of three. Bill shared the story with long-time friend and theatre artist, Susanna Uchatius (Austrian/Eastern European), that at 9 years old, while in a group home, the crab apple tree in the backyard repeatedly called to him. It wanted to be a drum. So, Bill cut the tree down and made his first drum.  This was the beginning of a remarkable journey - an intuitive discovery of who he is.

After sharing conversations over the past three years,the "TREE DRUM's" branches grew. The story of the journey stretched from the past represented by two youth, Clayton Shanoss (Nisga,Gitxsan) and Isaiah Harewood, and into the future, as acknowledged Elder, Bill Beauregarde, keeps the drum heartbeat alive.

At The Firehall Arts Centre
280 E Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3, Canada

May 9 to 14 at 7:30 pm, May 10, 13, 14 at 2:00 pm
Relaxed Performance - May 10, 2 pm
All shows ASL interpreted

For tickets, please email or call 604-689-0926.

Image Description: Tree Drum Poster: Indigenous drum with a drawing of a tree in the middle.


Throughout the year, Theatre Terrific offers classes and workshops led by practicing professionals throughout the Lower Mainland, and beyond. The classes aim to professionally develop the artistic and theatre production skills of the members of our communities. In Spring every year, we invite the graduates of these classes and members of our communities (everybody is welcome) to audition for a new production. Then, by September, we present the show to the general public; It's simply the year's harvest!

The show is developed through a collaborative process with the artists; we start only with a general concept and then build characters and scripts through weekly creative workshops.

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