- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 23: Opening
Directed by Marie-Claude Harvey
George Farhood, a Lebanese
immigrant, arrived in Montréal in 1889. After years of peddling,
he and his son established one of the first Francophone theatres in Québec.
- Adaptability and entrepreneurism
- Ethnic and Canadian culture
- Family cohesion
- Chanteclerc Theatre
- To appreciate the Farhoods
perseverance and vision in creating their new life in Canada
- To understand how a mixture
of cultures, such as French and Lebanese, collectively makes up the
Canadian cultural mosaic
- To learn about the importance
of family in surviving hard times and working together towards a common
- Draw an oversized map of
Québec, labeling the major cities as well as the smaller villages
that you think peddlers like the Farhoods might have frequented. Make
a list beside each place of what a peddler might be able to sell to
these customers, and why.
- Research the religious practices
of Lebanese Canadians by visiting a church, or inviting a Lebanese priest
or church member into the class. Write a three page essay on the role
and importance of the church for the Lebanese community.
- Research the history of
a theatre in your area, tracing who owned it and what sort of productions
it put on, from its beginning to the present day. Explore the power
of the theatre, how it was, and is, used to express local and national
issues, lifestyle and culture.
- Plan a class trip to a local
theatre. Inquire about getting a tour of the theatre house, taking in
a performance and getting a back-stage pass for a behind-thescenes look
at how theatre works.
- Invite a local theatre owner,
playwright or actor to visit your class for a discussion about Canadian
culture, what it is and how it has grown and changed over time.