The Play

Nov 29, 2011 – Breaking News:
*Winner of the 2011
Governor General’s History Award
for Excellence in Community Programming.

Canada’s History Website

Thanks to everyone who supported this project.
Check out our photos and video at these links.

Production Photos taken by Sandra Regier

Narcisse tells investors about his plans   
A Discussion in Canadian Parliament – the government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Souvenir House Program
NOTE:  This is a large file (pdf).

Print copies may be available at the St. Joseph Museum & Archives.
Grand Bend Parade – July 1, 2011 – Cast Celebrates Canada Day (photos)
Media Release #1:  Life of Local Visionary Comes Alive! 
Media Release #2:  Exceptional Community Support for St. Joseph Project
Production Sponsor:  complete list of our supporters …

In July 2011, the history of St. Joseph will be brought to life through Narcisse – a new play about St. Joseph. Through this epic outdoor community play project, the community will honour its past and celebrate its ancestors.

Narcisse tells the story of arguably one of Huron County’s most colourful residents – Narcisse Cantin – best known for his audacious plan to create a mammoth canal cutting across Southwestern Ontario, connecting Lake Huron to Lake Erie from St. Joseph to Port Stanley. Cantin turned St. Joseph into an early 20th Century boomtown on speculation of the canal’s construction. This charismatic promoter forged friendships with prominent people including American steel magnate Charles Schwab and recently-canonized Brother André, founding cleric of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montréal.

Ten performances – July 19-23 & 26-30, 2011
Performance Times:
Tuesday-Friday 6p.m. | Saturdays (after Mass) 6:30p.m.

Performances will run nightly, outdoors, on the grounds of the historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Highway 21,  just north of St. Joseph.  Please dress appropriately for the weather. The site is open to the public on performance days only, starting at 4:30pm.