Frozen River

February 13-17

Co-written by Michaela Washburn, Joelle Peters and Carrie Costello

An MTYP Production

Connections: History, Cooperation, Traditional Knowledge, Reconciliation

In nîkwatin sîpiy, Grandmother Moon tells the story of two eleven-year-olds, born under the same blood moon, but in different parts of the world. This new play follows their stories as they meet in a forest, and that of their descendants who meet in the present day in what is known as Manitoba. A broken promise from the past can be righted when there is finally an openness to learn from those who have protected and honoured the waterways for centuries.

“Very timely…it explores ideas of broken promises, reconciliation and connection via a story that spans centuries.” – Winnipeg Free Press

To book a performance please contact Jessica McGlynn, School Sales Coordinator at: 204-954-1704, [email protected].

Looking for ways to further engage your students in the world of the play? Add a play-related workshop: students go from seeing, to doing and being

Recommended for Grades 3-6
approximate running time: 60 minutes with no intermission

Frozen River Study Guide 2023

Grandmother Moon Julia Davis
Okânawâpacikêw (Wâpam) Keely McPeek
Eilidh Emily Meadows

Co-Written by Michaela Washburn, Joelle Peters, and Carrie Costello
Directed by Katie German
Assistant Director Julie Lumsden
Sets and Props Designer Andrew Moro
Costume Designer Jay Havens
Lighting Designer Dean Cowieson
Composer and Sound Designer MJ Dandeneau
Language Keeper Cameron Robertson
Dialect Coach Rhea Rodych-Rasidescu
Assistant Set Designer Shauna Jones
Assistant Costume Designer Amy McPherson
Stage Manager Julia Cirillo and Margaret Brook

Frozen River was originally directed by Ann Hodges and Tracey Nepinak.


  • Monday, February 13 @ 10 a.m.
  • Monday, February 13 @ 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday February 14 @ 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 14 @ 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 15 @ 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 15 @ 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 16 @ 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 16 @ 1 p.m.
  • Friday, February 17 @ 10 a.m.

On tour from February 20 to March 24, April 3 to April 12, & May 2 to May 19

Enhance your students’ comprehension and enjoyment of the production by adding a play-related workshop!

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