Elder Brother and the Bison / Le Frère aîné et les bisons

Duration: 15 Minutes

Admission: Free! All Welcome!

Audiences are welcome to sit on the ice inside the rink, so bring your snow pants!

Theatre on the Rink:

Elder Brother and the Bison / Le Frère aîné et les bisons

January 25th - February 4th, 2024

Co-Produced with La Troupe du Jour

Coming to an outdoor rink near you! Sum Theatre and La Troupe du Jour join forces to bring a new on-ice show that will warm hearts in the middle of winter. This 15-minute musical play is fun and free for everyone (no tickets!). We perform on outdoor skating rinks throughout Saskatchewan, January 25th - February 4th.

Elder Brother (Weesageechak) wants to live the carefree life of a Bison. Little does he know that the Bison have their own struggles, too. Based on a Cree story about empathy and learning to walk a mile in another’s hooves, this co-production features dialogue in English, French, and Cree. 

For touring information, see the schedule below.

Theatre on the Rink is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Saskatoon Performances

Thursday, January 25th - Henry Kelsey School Rink - 2:15pm & 5:30pm

Friday, January 26th - Victoria School Rink - 2pm & 3pm

Saturday, January 27th - Victoria School Rink - 4pm** & 5pm**ASL Interpretation at BOTH shows

Sunday, January 28th -  Sutherland School Rink - 1pm & 2pm

Tuesday, January 30th - École Canadienne-Française Rink - 2pm & 4pm      (1407 Albert Ave)

Saturday, February 3rd - Dundonald School Rink - 2pm & 3pm


Prince Albert

Wednesday, January 31st - East Hill Community Club Rink - 2pm & 4pm


Thursday, February 1st - Gocki Park Rink (Al Ritchie) - 2pm & 4pm 

Friday, February 2nd - Harbour Landing Outdoor Community Rink - 2:30pm & 4pm

North Battleford

Sunday, February 4th - Connaught School Rink - 2pm & 3pm

Find a rink near you on the map below!

Cast & Crew

Jolanta Bird


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Bio pending.

Jesse Fulcher -Gagnon


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Jesse Fulcher Gagnon is a Métis experimental artist whose scattered mind leaves him frequently moving between mediums. He is a theatre rat, dabbling in sound design, acting, directing, stage managing, and teaching. Il a eu le plaisir de créer avec SUM et LTDJ dans plusieurs projets maintenant... en anglais et en français! As a performer Jesse has taken on such roles as a ladybug, a cow, a rock, and a corner— like, the corner of a square. Outside of the theatre he holds an MFA in Studio Art and makes silly videos of himself eating junk food.

Bruce McKay*

Ensemble / Directeur artistique et Co-directeur général, La Troupe du Jour

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Originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, Bruce graduated from Mount Allison
University with a B.A. in French and Drama, then continued his training at the
National Theatre School of Canada. He recently directed C'est à nous d'y voir, by
Madeleine Blais-Dahlem, our community play. Acting credits include Will & Ernest
(La Troupe du Jour), Short Cuts 2021 (Hardly Art), The Young Ones (Sum Theatre),
Monday Night (Highway 55) and Death of a Salesman (Theatre Naught). He lives in
Saskatoon with his wonderful partner Cheryl Jack and their canine friend Keela.

Originaire de Sackville, au Nouveau-Brunswick, Bruce a obtenu un baccalauréat en
français et en art dramatique de l'Université Mount Allison, puis a poursuivi sa
formation à l'École nationale de théâtre du Canada. Il a récemment mis en scène
C'est à nous d'y voir, de Madeleine Blais-Dahlem, notre spectacle communautaire. Il a
joué notamment dans Will & Ernest (La Troupe du Jour), Short Cuts 2021 (Hardly
Art), The Young Ones (Sum Theatre), Monday Night (Highway 55) et Death of a
Salesman (Theatre Naught). Il habite à Saskatoon avec sa merveilleuse partenaire
Cheryl Jack et leur amie canine Keela.

Dean Stockdale*

Ensemble / Music Director

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Dean Stockdale grew up in Treaty 6 territory Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is a player and writer of music, a dancer, and a pacifist. They want to create art that educates, informs, questions, and brings people together through the expansion of perspectives. Some of their most recent productions include Baba’s Magic Mitten (Nicky) with Dancing Sky Theatre, The Maids (Claire) with Whirligig Theatre, Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliette (Feste, Tybalt) with Freewill Shakespeare, Zero Gravity (Phoenix) with SUM Theatre, Les Corneilles (Ash) with Gwandaak Theatre, and Little Women (Jo March) with Theatre Calgary. Dean loves working for both Troupe and SUM, so combining these two teams to create something that aligns with their values is a dream.

Sam Fairweather

Stage Manager

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Sam is thrilled to visit the ODR’s of Saskatoon with this year’s production of Theatre on the Rink. An actor, stage manager, and educator in Saskatoon, Sam loves working with SUM and bringing free theatre to kids all over the province. While normally a die-hard summer person, Sam has rekindled her joy of spending time outdoors throughout this rehearsal process, even in (reasonably) frigid temperatures. Her most recent stage management credits are as an apprentice for Bright Half-Life (Persephone Theatre), and assistant SM for Theatre in the Park 2023 (SUM Theatre) and her next credits include I Have No Idea (In the Headlights) in the upcoming Live Five show and Theatre in the Park 2024 (SUM Theatre). 

Conor P. Farrell


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Conor (He/Him) is an emerging designer and artist based out of Saskatoon, SK; on the lands of Treaty 6. He holds a degree in Theatre Design from the University of Victoria and believes in the power of immersive design and the importance of fun.

Past credits include: The Josephine Knot (Set Design - Hagstone Collective), Romeo & Juliet / As You Like It (Set Design - Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Zero Gravity (Co-Design - SUM Theatre), The Birds and the Bees (Design Apprentice - Persephone and Globe Theatre), Evergreen (Lighting Design - Burnt Thicket Theatre).

Conor is an associate member of the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC659).

Mackenzie Dawson

Director / Artistic Director, Sum Theatre

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Mac (he/him) is proud to call the prairies home. He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan, and has had the pleasure of making theatre with many of Saskatoon’s theatre companies. As Artistic Director at Sum, Mac is grateful to create art that serves and strengthens communities across Saskatchewan. Projects with Sum Theatre include The Young Ones (Assistant Stage Manager), The Hockey Sweater / Le Chandail (Co-Director), and Zero Gravity (Co-Director).

Ricardo Alvarado

Production Manager / Artistic Producer, Sum Theatre

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Ricardo Alvarado is a local theatre artist who believes in the power of music, positive energy, diversity, and teamwork. He is the Artistic Producer for Saskatoon Summer Players, the co-founder of Ppl r Ppl Productions, a long-time member of Artists Against Hunger, and he spends his spare time daydreaming and pretending to be a grown-up. This is Ricardo's third season with SUM Theatre and he is grateful for the opportunity to create with such a wonderful group of artists on a regular basis. Past Credits: La Troupe du Jour, Persephone Theatre, SUM Theatre, Ppl r Ppl, SSP, Live Five, Shakespeare on the SK, Greystone Theatre, and Saskatoon Opera. Up next, he's directing and starring as Jeff in [Title of Show] for Ppl r Ppl Productions and getting ready to once again hit the parks in both Saskatoon and Regina with SUM's Theatre in the Park show this summer!

Paige Francoeur 

Artistic Associate, Sum Theatre 

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Paige (she/they) is a bona fide all-around theatre rat, born and raised right here in Saskatchewan. They have always loved the way that telling stories can help shape identity, both as individuals and as a community, and are so proud to get to help tell stories in their community and beyond. She is thrilled to join SUM as an Artistic Associate, after many years of working with the company in various capacities. Previously, they had a hand in Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (2016), The Woodcutter and the Lion (2017), Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat (2018), and Zero Gravity (2023).

Kevin Niessen

Audio Technician

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Bio coming soon!

Special Thanks to:

Anna Yaworski

Keith & Maria Dawson

Diane Knight

Gabrielle Dufresne

Joel Bernbaum

Joseph Naytowhow

Ryder J

Yvette Nolan

The Broadway Theatre

Persephone Theatre

*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).

Frequently Asked Questions

Theatre on the Rink

What is Theatre on the Rink?

Theatre on the Rink is a free professional live theatre show for everyone. We tour to outdoor rinks across Saskatchewan, encouraging people to get outside and have fun in their community during the winter.

This production was made possible through the generous support of the David Edney Fund for the Arts (Saskatoon Community Foundation), and with the City of Regina supporting our tour to Regina.

What are the shows about?

Our shows are about current relevant topics that bring together community and inspire conversation and dialogue for audiences far and wide, young and old. We have done shows about Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations, Newcomers, Disability, Climate Change, and Race Relations.

Are the artists paid?

Our professional artists are paid by our many wonderful sponsors and donors.

When is Theatre on the Rink in my neighborhood?

Please see the schedule near the top of the page for information on when we will be visiting your neighbourhood, or a rink near you. 

How long is the show?

The show this year runs approximately 15 minutes. 

Why come see Theatre on the Rink?

Theatre on the Rink is a fun filled experience that connects community members to live theatre, and each other. 


Will there be ASL interpreters?

Yes! Performance on Saturday January 27th at the Victoria School Rink will feature ASL interpretation. 


What time should I arrive at the rink? 

You are welcome to arrive at any time, and we will start inviting audiences to on-ice seating areas 15 minutes before the show starts.

Where do we sit?

Audiences are welcome to sit inside of the rink on the ice, or stand along the outside of the rink's boards. Once you arrive at the rink, our staff will welcome you to the audience areas.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

K+S Indigenous Artist Mentorship Fund

Community Stage Sponsor

Music Sponsor

Community Connections Sponsor

Youth Engagement Series Sponsor

ASL Sponsor

Charles & Leila Olfert