“When anyone has this debate over why we fund the arts for young people, I say ‘Watch this documentary.’ I challenge anyone not to cry.”
- Ange-Aimée Woods, CBC Radio
A Montreal-based theatre troupe is working tirelessly to put on a play. The challenges they face are also a part of the usual drama behind any live show. There’s the backstage politics, the forgotten lines, the missed cues, the romances and the rivalries.
But for this troupe, the stakes are a bit higher - each cast member faces intellectual, developmental and mental health disabilities, ranging from Down syndrome to autism to schizophrenia. The production is mounted by the Center for Arts and Human Development at Concordia University, and is designed to be both creative and therapeutic.
Led by Stephen Snow, their charismatic mentor and trained theatre director, the troupe learn how to project their talents and perform with their fellow cast-mates, all the while working through their personal struggles to mount an ambitious adaptation of the Frog and the Princess.