Dawn

A musical show for 3 to 5 years old kids

The day after moving to a new place, Sophie wakes up at dawn in a strange house. She takes stock of her shattered universe – the chaos of cardboard boxes containing familiar sounds, key words and delicious sounds that, up to then, had composed the music of her life. Sophie is worried. Has the music been broken during the journey?

Fortunately everything has been wrapped in newspaper covered in words that rustle softly. And the piano is there, intact, pushing out sound waves into every nook and cranny of the new space to be conquered. A piano on hand when you’re angry, when you’re feeling hurt, and to express joy and take heart. With this companion of changing moods but of generous heart, Sophie freely recomposes the music of her life and goes on a fabulous stroll through her new rooms.

Study Guide

A STUDY GUIDE with musical excerpts on CD is available for teachers interested in preparing children to the performance.

Thanks to Westend Piano Ltd. for the piano’s loan, for representations of April 11 and 12 2012

http://www.westendpiano.com/

photo - Dawn
AGE: 4 TO 8 years old
DURATION:50 min.
AUDIENCE SIZE:250 children
STAGE SIZE: 24’ x 22’ x 15’ (W x P x H)
KEYWORDS: Piano, Moving, Rhythm of words
TYPE OF VENUE:

 Theatres

Credits

Performers

  • Marie-Hélène da Silva, Jean-Luc Éthier, Allan Sutton

A word from the playwright and director

I usually write with words. When spoken on a theatre stage, these words turn into sound or music. However, this time, I did the reverse. I first wrote with sounds and notes of music. When they reverberate on a stage, they suggest a flurry of words, without ever pronouncing them. Notes that are filled with words and words filled with notes. Do you get it? Admittedly, writing a story with sound material is relatively difficult. It takes a lot of time because music needs time to blossom.

And when you think about it, Dawn is not really a story, it is rather a game. Exactly, a game. Three musicians become mirror images of Sophie as they play with her. It is a game similar to Monopoly with its patterns, its ups and downs, its traps, its turnovers and great shots… Dawn is a story that one plays just like life. A game in which you take turns picking a card. Do you get it?

Joël da Silva

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Photos: Michel Dubreuil

In this production the role of music is as important (and sometimes more) than the words as it often creates soundscapes or moods that fill the entire space (…) A whole array of sound images appears and audiences can even make out a boat sinking to the bottom of the sea, a boat that will turn back into a piano. This moment is particularly delightful. »

Michel Bélair, Le Devoir, May 13, 2006

A fascinating production of musical theatre for children (…) It is absolutely marvellous. 50 minutes of unbroken attention for a roomful of children. »

Francine Grimaldi, SRC 95,1 FM, May 12, 2006

The children in the audience roar with laughter. They readily recognize a baby crying, someone snoring and are easily taken by this almost wordless story. »

Matilde Singer, VOIR, May 25, 2006

Sophie explores, expresses and explodes thanks to the invaluable instrument (the piano) which, according to its mood, spits, cackles, or sings the emotions of the young girl. Its keys are given over to the sweetness or the excitation we see in Sophie; the young members of the audience discover not only the instrument, but their own musical abilities. »

Chantal Guy, La Presse, March 2, 2002

There are no upcoming performances for this production.