Mennonite plays

A moment from yesterday

April 6, 2016 | Viewpoints | Volume 20 Issue 8
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Dianne Bailey, Mary Bechtel and Beth Good play Mennonite pioneer women in the 1970 production of Trail of the Conestoga. Several ambitious drama projects were undertaken by Ontario Mennonites during this time, spurred on in part by Canada’s centennial in 1967 and a new emphasis on multiculturalism. The New Commandment by Barbara Coffman was produced in 1967. Urie Bender’s This Land is Ours was performed on the Stratford Festival stage in 1972 to celebrate 150 years of the Amish in Canada. If similar dramas were produced for Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday, how might our versions of the pioneer stories be different?

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