Grades 7-12

Under Cover

iKristen Padayas, Morgan Yamata

by Mark Haroun

A powerful and timely exploration of issues ripped from the headlines…

On the surface, Ella is just like any other girl wandering the halls of a Canadian High School. Although she has immigrant parents, she was raised to embrace western values. But when Ella makes the decision to wear a hijab after a life changing summer with her grandmother overseas, suddenly her religion is front and centre. Faith, fear, and acceptance are called into question, especially when Ella’s friends are forced to engage with their own assumptions, stereotypes and backgrounds. A remarkable relevant play from the pen of award winning screenwriter and playwright Mark Haroun (Heartland), this play won an Edmonton Sterling Award for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences in 2011.

Our production of Under Cover is generously supported by the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Vital Signs Program which in 2016 supports Active Play and Healthy Peer Relationships for youth.


Directed by Mieko Ouchi
Stage Managed by JoAnna Black

Kristen Padayas
Morgan Yamada
Liam Cody
Oscar Derkx

Set & Props Design David Fraser
Sound Design & Original Music Dave Clarke
Lighting Design/Production Manager Patrick Beagan
Sound Technician Perry Harris
La Cité Francophone House Technician Chris dela Cruz

Poster Design Rat Creek Design/Isabelle Gagnon
Poster and Cover Image iStock photo
Media Relations Tonia LaRiviere

Photos by Epic Photography


Curriculum Ties:
Social Studies: 
pluralism: diversity and cohesion; issues for Canadians: Governance and Rights; globalization; expressing identities.
CALM: wellbeing and respect, conflict resolution, relationships.
Health and Life Skills: relationship choices, personal conflict management skills.
Language Arts: consider the ideas of others, analyze choices/motives of characters.
Drama: appreciation for theatre as a process and art form, recognize ‘theatre as a mirror of society”.

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