Theatre goers will soon be able to “take a trip around the world without ever leaving home,” according to those involved in Pearson College’s latest production of One World.
The annual theatre performance has been produced for more than 30 years, and this year’s event is expected to live up to that impressive history.
One of 14 United World Colleges around the globe, Pearson College UWC accepts 160 students aged 16 to 19 from over 80 countries, including each province and territory of Canada. These students live, study and grow together for two years on the Metchosin campus, which opened in 1974.
“One World is about more than the nations these students come from – it’s an example of what the students learn by coming to Pearson College UWC, how they interact, and the transformation they undergo by studying and living together for two years,” says Pearson spokesperson Danielle Pope.
“Our students come from very different worlds,” according to One World production director Libby Mason, who says the performances, which are collaborative creations from the students themselves – right down to the choreography and costuming – highlight these different worlds and how they come together here in Canada.
“The spoken word acts, for example,” says Mason, “offer a small window into some of the extraordinary experiences and transformations the students undergo during their time at Pearson.”
Audiences can look forward to their old favourites – Gumboot, Ukranian dance, and the Pearson College Choir, as well as newly integrated or expanded aspects like the spoken work acts.
“There are pivotal points in the life of a Pearson student,” says Pearson’s Head of College Mark Bannar-Martin. “One World is undeniably one of these. It celebrates our common humanity and, for a moment in time, we become part of something larger than ourselves.”
Tickets for the event, which will have both an afternoon and evening performance on March 7 at the Royal Theatre in Victoria, are $35 for adults, $20 for students and seniors and $15 for children under 12 and are available through the Royal Theatre Box Office online at rmts.bc.ca or by phone at 250-386-6121.