- Question 3
- The theatre played
a major role in the growth of the Lebanese community in Montréal.
It was the church that was the centre of Lebanese life. The church
not only provided the community's anchors of faith and religion, it
reached out and had a presence in all aspect of the community's life.
It kept the Lebanese people together as a close knit family. The church
was the place where community committees were set up and met to plan
for the future. Language schools operated of the churches, making
sure that the subsequent generations of Lebanese Canadians maintained
this most essential element of the heritage. Social and cultural activities
were also put on by the church. The Lebanese tradition of storytelling,
in particular, was a popular activity, and often organized into theatrical
performances for community fundraisers.