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Tale of a Town is a live performance that incorporates local history and the community. It involves live music, re-claiming commercial space, as well as local audio and video elements. But this isn’t your average piece of theatre; Tale of a Town is stagedon-site at historical locations, and involves audience interaction. The result is a completely unique oral history of a community.

The first step of the program involves looking through archives, conducting interviews and researching community history and stories. From that research, a script and story is written, which is turned into a multi-media performance that is presented over three to four weeks. The performances are done by FIXT POINT, a theatre and media company, as well as local artists and community members. In addition to the presentation, a documentary of the making of the project will also be created.

City staff is considering this program as an addition to Fort St. John’s downtown revitalization, as well as enhancing community development. It has received support from both the North Peace Historical Society and Stage North, who have indicated their interest in partnering.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, council voted to include Tale of a Town in 2012 budget discussions. The first phase of the project is estimated to cost $33,000, including the cost of travel and accommodations for FIXT POINT staff in 2012. The second phase is estimated at $29,175 in 2013, bringing the total cost to just over $62,000.

If approved by the City, the timeline is to have Fort St. John’s Tale of a Town experience to take place in the Summer of 2013.

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