Delta Pi Chapter and the English Club of Mount Marty College make first annual Theatre Trek to Winnipeg
The Delta Pi Chapter and the English Club at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, awoke early from our hibernation to make what we hope will be known as the First Annual Sigma-Tau-Delta/English-Club Theatre Trek to Canada. Four students and three staff members departed for the border on January 30, 2004, ready to brave temperatures in the minus thirties for a weekend of art, culture, theatre, and learning.
After a day-long drive and good night's rest, the group began Saturday with a visit to the Manitoba Museum, where we were able to travel through time, geography, and cultures as we viewed exhibits ranging from the oldest trilobite found in North America and the remains of a giant sloth through the era of European immigration and settlement to a recreation of 1920's Winnipeg, from the sunless winters of the Arctic Circle through the boreal forests of central Manitoba to the U.S. border, from Native Inuit Culture through French Voyageur and Métis societies to contemporary multi-cultural Manitoba.
After lunch at Portage Place, the next stop was at the Winnipeg Art Gallery to view the WAG's magnificent collection of Inuit sculpture and traveling exhibitions of German Expressionist painting, Sixteenth-Century Italian drawings, and Twenty-First-Century Canadian computer-generated mural and computer-operated sculpture. We witnessed the tenderness of Inuit mother-child sculpture, the delicate lines of Caravaggio, the Angst of 1920's Germany, and a heat-seeking, visitor-stalking robot photographer.
From there we went to the Manitoba Theatre Centre for the MTC Mainstage matinee performance of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady. Supported by a superb ensemble, Joseph-Jefferson-Award and Barrymore-Award winner James Brennan played Henry Higgins, and Jennifer Lyon wowed us as Eliza Doolittle.
After a quick supper at a typically Canadian Burger King, we were off to the MTC Warehouse for the evening performance of Edward Albee's Tony Award and New York Drama Critics' award-winning Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? This co-production with the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts starred Brenda Robins as Martha and Ric Reid as George, Patrica Fagan as Honey and Allan Hawco as Nick. The intimacy of the Warehouse and its projecting stage pulled us into the action of the play. The students now know why they are not invited to faculty parties.
On Sunday morning we attended services at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, where we had the singular delight of hearing the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom chanted in Ukrainian and of witnessing the ritual of Eastern Christendom. St. Joseph's Church is also the final resting place of the relics of Blessed Vasil Velychovsky, a Ukrainian bishop who spent much of his life in prison camps during the Soviet era and died in exile in Winnipeg in 1973. His relics were moved to the shrine in the fall of 2002 after Bishop Velychovsky had been beatified by Pope John Paul II on June 27, 2001, during a papal visit to L'viv, Ukraine.
Submitted by Jim Simmons