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Indians in a Box: Stories From the Indian Boarding School

ensemble theatre · native voices at the autry · Ages 12+ · family friendly · United States of America

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ANNA DRESDON certified reviewer June 06, 2015
'Stories From the Indian Boarding School' is a powerful and multifaceted performance piece that never lags and frequently dazzles. Remarkable contribution by Tom Allard, deftly weaving diverse sensibilities into this complex, frequently unknown, and ultimately tragic chapter of our history. Plus there is authentic music, cross over dancing, exquisite poetry, and plenty of humorous quick witted banter along with 'gottcha in the gut' zingers. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a more accurate and honest view of American history or who simply appreciates good theatre with a sparkling ensemble.... full review
DAVID LEBARRON certified reviewer June 08, 2015
I really enjoyed this show. What it lacks in structure it makes up for in heart. A mostly young cast was full of energy and the need to be heard. It is an important story of America that needs to be heard. We are luckily told at the top that this is a workshop intended to bee seen at schools. So we in essence give it a huge break from our typically snobbish theatre selves (maybe just me) and allow ourselves to enjoy what we are shown. The students enter performing a traditional dance until one breaks out into modern club dancing and a fight ensues. It is unclear why or where the students are gathered at the beginning. They then proceed to have different opinions about the US boarding schools for Native children and how these scho... full review
SANDI QUEEN certified reviewer June 07, 2015
I really appreciated the beginning of these amazing vignettes stating with traditional drum/song. It took me back to Flagstaff Powwow’s in the 60's. I knew most of the stories of the hideous treatment of our native people, but it still brought tears to my eyes. I didn't mind the sparse props or scene changes since I was very wrapped up in the performance. With such a boulder-crushingly heavy subject, it was great that a little bit of humor was added in. I would like to see it transformed into a 2.5-hr. production. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in ANYTHING having to do with Native American Indians. BRAVO!... full review
AMY RITCHIE June 07, 2015
This show is beautifully acted and moving. We get to see things from the point of view of Indian kids that were shipped off to schools to become "civilized". The audience gets to experience a variety of time periods including present day. A highlight that especially moved me was the cutting off of the Native American's braids. I also enjoyed the flute and drum that was played. I highly recommend this show!... full review
TARA DONOVAN certified reviewer June 28, 2015
The stories presented were both educational and riveting. It really made learning some awful truths an entertaining and at times comedic experience ("every drama needs its comedic relief")! What a lovely start to what will become a wonderful touring production for Native Voices!... full review

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