Actor Aaron Marie Nepoose will never forget the first time she saw a Rez Christmas story live on stage.
”It was a really funny story that showed so much joy and hope in our communities. It inspired me to become an actor.”
“The Kohkoms were in Vegas and it was a really funny story that showed so much joy and hope in our communities,” says Nepoose. ”It inspired me to become an actor. As soon as I could, I joined the Circle of Voices program and I can’t believe I get to play one of the Kohkoms this year.”
The Rez Christmas series has become a holiday comedy tradition for many people across the province. Luff Actually follows the Clare, Zula and Sihkos as they get ready for a private holiday party with a very select guest list. Curtis Peeteetuce created the series and says the stories hold a special place in people’s hearts.
“These ladies are a part of the audience’s family already,” says Peeteetuce. “They are part of Saskatchewan and that’s the legacy and tradition of the Rez. When people laugh, they are identifying with and finding themselves in these characters.”
Cast and crew are already gearing up for the run at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon but before that, Luff Actually is hitting the road for performances in places like Atahkakoop Cree Nation, LaRonge and Beardy’s Okemasis’ Cree Nation, just to name a few.
Nepoose says the tour is a chance to tell Indigenous Christmas stories and show Indigenous communities the possibilities that theatre creates.
“Maybe I can inspire a kid like I was,” she says. “This show brings happiness and light to so many communities. Some who’ve never seen theatre before.”