Reaching for Starlight (Ages 7 and up)



By Donna-Michelle St. Bernard 
Directed by Mike Payette 
Choreography by Véronique Gaudreau 

Script developed in partnership with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal 
Inspired by A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey


Reenie wants to dance, like her mother did before her. Along with her classmates, she believes she has what it takes to earn the coveted solo at the year-end recital. But when she discovers that Maestra is not holding everyone to the same standard, Reenie begins a quest to investigate why her friend Maia is being counted out. If competition makes us stronger, then when comes the moment when winning doesn’t always mean coming out on top?



Quebec Education Competencies

Some select Quebec Competencies found in this guide include:


English Language Arts

- To read and listen to literary, popular, and information-based texts
- To write self-expressive, narrative and information-based texts
- To represent her/his literacy in different media
- To use language to communicate and learn


Cross-Curricular Competencies

- To use information
- To exercise critical judgment
- To use creativity
- To construct his/her identity
- To cooperate with others


Arts Education - Visual Art Competencies

- To produce individual works in the visual arts
- To produce media works in the visual arts


Arts Education - Dramatic Art Competencies

- To invent short scenes
- To appreciate dramatic works, personal productions, and those of classmates


Arts Education - Dance Competencies

- To invent dances
- To interpret dances