Naomi’s Road cast + Vancouver Opera staff come for a visit to Historic Joy Kogawa House

Naomi’s Road cast came for a visit to Historic Joy Kogawa House on Thursday.

They were delighted to see the home and cherry tree where the characters of Naomi and Stephen grew up.

Photo: Naomi's Road cast came for a visit to Historic Joy Kogawa House on Thursday, They were delighted to see the home and cherry tree where the characters of Naomi and Stephen grew up. Myself, and fellow Kogawa House board members Deb and Joan, join the cast + pianist + stage manager.  Really looking forward to their Vancouver performance on Tuesday April 23 at Italian Cultural Centre. Tix are going quickly.  www.italianculturalcentre.ca/highlights/Naomi's-road/

Myself, and fellow Kogawa House board members Deb and Joan, join the cast + pianist + stage manager. L-R, Todd, Deb, Baritone Henry Chen, Soprano Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga, “Joy”, Mezzo-Soprano Erica Iris, pianist Candy Siu, stage manager Melania Radelicki, Joan, and tenor Sam Chung.

Really looking forward to their Vancouver performance on Tuesday April 23 at Italian Cultural Centre. Tix are going quickly. www.italianculturalcentre.ca/highlights/Naomi’s-road/

35 people from Vancouver Opera came to Kogawa House including graphic designers, set builders, publicist, finance officer, and representatives from the volunteer Opera Guild.

General Manager James Wright, who had originally came up with the idea of turning the children’s novel Naomi’s Road into an opera.  He shared the story about reading Great Canadian Books of the Century by Vancouver Public Library, and being inspired by the synopsis/review about Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan.

I shared how in September 2005, that Ann-Marie Metten had called me with the information that a demolition permit had been applied for for 1450 West 64th Ave, the address of Kogawa House.  At the time, Naomi’s Road opera was just about to launch, and the Vancouver Public Library was just wrapping up its One Book One Vancouver program that featured the novel Obasan, and Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop was awarding its Community Builder Award to Joy.  It was an amazing intersection of celebrations of Joy Kogawa’s works, and it all helped to draw attention to saving Historic Joy Kogawa House from possible demolition.

It is indeed amazing how things come full circle.

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