Legends of the Wilderness-Jacques La Christian
Homeward Bound Theatre's Legends of the Wilderness with Jacques La Christian was a free program offered for ages 8-adult. Patrons experienced the wilderness through reenactment of the 1800s with French Canadian Voyageur Jacques La Christian. Attendees saw Indian beadwork, flintlock rifles and pistols, along with furs of various types used in the fur trade in the U.S. and Canada. David Popilek, as Jacques, has been entertaining diverse groups of people with his educational and compelling series of historical stories, exhibits and CDs for over 30 years.
The intended outcome of the arts/theater program is to allow patrons the opportunity to experience a variety of theater productions that expose them to different genres of literature, music, and performance. A survey was distributed to receive feedback from those attending the programs.
Surveys were distributed to participants at all programs. 80% strongly agreed that this was an enjoyable experience and 73% strongly agreed that they would attend a similar event. Comments: The children were enthralled. Patrons loved having a chance to ask questions about the program. Very engaging storyteller!!! Audience was captivated!
18 libraries and 1 elementary school provided space, staff, and additional promotion for the programs and approximately 10 regional newspapers provided marketing through press releases, photos and interviews with artists and performers.