CCL, no. 85, Spring 1997
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A Conversation With Sara Lee Lewis: Celebrating Nova Scotia's Mermaid Theatre / Hilary Thompson
In this retrospective interview which took place in November 1996, Hilary Thompson and Sara Lee Lewis, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, discuss the company's history and mandate, as well as issues such as funding, repertory, and the controversial question of cultural appropriation. Now in its twenty-fifth season, Mermaid Theatre makes its home in Windsor, at the gateway to Nova Scotia's rural Annapolis Valley. The Theatre's focus is two-fold. On the one hand, Mermaid's activist and outspoken Youtheatre program is intensely local, having as its objective the encouragement of creative self-expression among the region's adolescents. At the other end of the spectrum is the Theatre's energetic touring theatre for family audiences, which has won international acclaim for original multimedia productions with a strong emphasis on puppetry.
Dans cette entrevue accordée en novembre 1996, Hilary Thompson et Sara Lee Lewis font le bilan des vingt-cinq années d'activité de leur compagnie, le Mermaid Theatre de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Cette troupe a, d'une part, toujours favorisé la créativité chez les jeunes à l'échelle locale et, d'autre part, œuvré à l'établissement et à la diffusion d'un répertoire de théâtre canadien pour la jeunesse.
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