Carcross fable comes to Whitehorse via Toronto

He’s a curious character and a beautiful bird. But did you know that in some circles Raven is credited with bringing light to the world? Red…

He’s a curious character and a beautiful bird.

But did you know that in some circles Raven is credited with bringing light to the world?

Red Sky’s production Raven Stole the Sun tells the mythical story of how the mischievous bird inadvertently puts the stars and the sun in the sky.

And the Toronto-based theatre company will bring the one-act play to the Yukon Arts Centre this weekend.

The story is based on a traditional tale from the Tlingit nation from Carcross, Sandra Laronde, Red Sky’s artistic director, said from Toronto.

It came straight from the oral source — the mouth of Tlingit storykeeper Shaa Tlaa Maria Williams, who heard the story from her father, said Laronde.

Although the story was adapted by Drew Hayden Taylor, Williams approved each draft.

“Instead of starting pen to paper, we started with her telling the story to all the creators and collaborators.”

The play, which has toured widely across southern Canada, is geared toward family audiences.

“It’s very inter-generational in scope and I think that’s a wonderful, beautiful thing to keep intact in today’s realities,” said Laronde.

“You’re actually trying to speak to generations of people and having them laugh in the same place at the same time but for different reasons.”

Raven is scheduled to play a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors.

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