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What If?

What If?

| 5 min

"Always remember to play," says Leslee Silverman, the visionary force behind the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, to 10-year-old William. The little boy stands at centre stage, rehearsing an exciting new role - that of Leslee Silverman.

Silverman observes with her customary wisdom and good humour. Drawing from Winnipeg's rich cultural tradition, she engages young people in the adventure of theatre, fired by the conviction that art belongs to everyone.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Leslee Silverman
  • writer
    Noam Gonick
  • director
    Noam Gonick
  • producer
    Alicia Smith
    Bonnie Thompson
  • director of photography
    Brian Rougeau
  • production designer
    Taavo Soodor
  • picture editor
    Bruce Little
  • sound designer
    Bruce Little
  • colourist
    Bruce Little
  • sound recordist
    Kirby Hammond
  • actor
    William Krovats
  • background actor
    Jenna Campbell
    Jordan Sankar
    Seth Belmore
    Jayda Faith Koostachin
  • production manager
    Aaron Flouresco
  • assistant camera
    Pascal Boisvert
  • grip
    Bruce Claydon
    Darren Lanoo
  • gaffer
    Bruce Claydon
    Darren Lanoo
  • production coordinator
    Faye Yoneda
    Ginette D'Silva
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Fox
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen


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Ages 9 to 12

Arts Education - Drama
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Brainstorm ideas on “Drama” or “Theatre”; assign skits as a pre-viewing activity. After viewing, add new ideas to chart. Did Silverman’s ideas change their conceptions about drama? Discuss how very young children play; give examples. Brainstorm on “What Is My World?”; students create a piece to illustrate an aspect of their world using “creative drama” as they understand it.

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