Les Filles du Roi is a co-production between Fugue Theatre and Vancouver's Raven Theatre. We proudly acknowledge the support of the following institutions and organizations:
Les Filles du Roi
LES FILLES DU ROI is a new, trilingual musical that uses cross-cultural collaboration to explore how difference can create both challenge and opportunity. Fugue Theatre commissioned Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette to create this project as a way to address the historical roots of the current debates about migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Indigenous sovereignty. The project draws on the writers’ personal connections to their French and Indigenous heritage, historical research and cultural collaboration with Mohawk community.
The show traces the arrival of the historical filles du roi to Canada in the 1600s. The musical’s narrative is set in motion by the arrival of a French ship in the summer of 1665. Kateri, a young Mohawk girl, and her brother Jean-Baptiste, find their lives disrupted by the arrival of les filles du roi. Together, they forge an unlikely relationship with a young fille, Marie Jeanne Lespérance, whose dreams for a new life in the French settlement of Ville-Marie are more complicated than she imagined. Over the course of four tumultuous seasons, French, Mohawk, Métis and English characters build a complex web of relationships that sets the stage for the Canada we know today.
Images below are from the recent In-Concert Presentation of Les Filles du Roi at the Orpheum Annex in Vancouver. Pictured: In-Concert cast members Raes Calvert (Jean-Baptiste), Laura Di Cicco (La Madame), Jeff Gladstone (Clarke), Cate Richardson (Marie Jeanne), Kaitlyn Yott (Kateri); Chorus members Patrice Bowler, Karliana Dewolff, Marie Jose Herrera, Sidney Klips, Geneva Perkins, Lindsay Warnock and Music Director Caitlyn Hayes