Concept & Dramaturgy: Sandra Laronde
Director: Andrea Donaldson
Playwright: Erin Shields
Choreography: Carlos Rivera and
Music & Sound Design: Rick Sacks
Associate Sound Design: Marc Merilianen
Set, Video & Lighting: Andrew Moro
Cree Translation: Tyrone Tootoosis Sr.
Mask Design & Build: Karen Rodd
Costume: Elaine Redding & Charlene Senuik
An unforgettable story of reconciliation, Mistatim is about the taming of a wild horse and the truest of friendships. Under a prairie sky, a simple wooden fence is all that separates Calvin on his ranch and Speck on her reservation. In many ways they are worlds apart, that is, until a wild horse named Mistatim turns their worlds upside down.
Nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production
Winner of Best Script, Best Direction, and Best Production by Youth Drama Awards in China
A collaboration between Red Sky Performance and the TSO, in association with Crow’s Theatre
September 30: National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
Available for digital viewing beginning September 30 until October 18, 2021
Students, teachers, and families are invited to experience Mistatim, a digital reimagining of Red Sky Performance’s acclaimed production, featuring music co-created by TSO musicians and Indigenous music creators. This digital film will be released on September 30, 2021, Canada's first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.
To purchase access for multiple classrooms or schools, please contact SchoolConcerts@TSO.CA.
To purchase access for a single classroom, visit Red Sky TV’s school viewing page.
For all other purchases, visit Red Sky TV’s home and family viewing page.
View/download the Study Guide for Mistatim, a digital reimagining
Watch the trailer:
Support for the digital version of Mistatim comes from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto, and the Hal Jackman Foundation.
“Mistatim vibrates with energetic freedom and thrilling eye-opening discovery.”
NNNN 4-star review – NOW Magazine
- 3 performers, 2 crew, same day open
- 48 minutes running time
- Suitable for K to Grade 6 and families
If you are interested in bringing MISTATIM to your school, please contact:
IN ONTARIO: Prologue to the Performing Arts
GTA school performances
Name: Bremely Karthigesu
T: 416-591-9092 x 0224
Schools outside the GTA and Public Performances
Name: Siama Borrow
T: 416-591-9092 x 0225
IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: ArtStarts in Schools
Name: Hannah Jarvis
T: 604.336.0626 ext 102
“Bringing knowledge about treaties, Indigenous rights, cultures and perspectives to the classroom as a mandatory part of the province's curriculum is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action 62 and 63.”
– CBC News (Nov 8, 2017), Indigenous history, culture now mandatory part of Ontario curriculum
Language Arts: Storytelling, Native-American Language, Oral Communication
Literature: Mythology, Folk Tales, Reading
Science: Animals and Habitats, Care for the Environment
Social Studies: Native-American Studies, First Nations, Traditions and Celebrations
Fine Arts: Dance, Drama, Choreography and Movement
Indigenous (Native American) Education
Indigenous (Native American) Issues
REVIEWS OF MISTATIM
"Brilliant Story and Storytelling. Timely. To cover so much ground that is relevant and important, within an engaging and surprisingly emotional tale, in under an hour without being heavy-handed, is an achievement of great value. Should be a required part of school curriculum. Kids will likely learn way more here [through Mistatim] than from any classroom lecture. Thanks for the great performance, Red Sky!"
– Dr. Lorne Rothman, Toronto
"This show is exactly what the teachers at this school needed to see in order to realize that when we implement an Indigenous element in every class next year, they don’t need to be afraid and don’t need to withhold. Children can handle the truth (of the residential school system) if we are willing to tell them."
– Vice-Principal, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
"The show was delightful, and the students and families from our school were thrilled by the entire experience! They [the children] were ON FIRE excited. "Those are MY PEOPLE!" said one of the girls! "I think we might be related" came from one of the kids who took photos! Amazing - they are connecting possibilities, seeing themselves in a light they would have never imagined before! These experiences change our students' future, allowing them to see what is POSSIBLE!!! The joy and excitement was inspiring and beautiful! THANK YOU!"
– Carla Pauls, School Counsellor, Exshaw Public School, Alberta