Singing and Dancing “Their Bit” for the Nation: Canadian Children’s Performances for Charity <em>circa</em> the First World War

  • Heather Fitzsimmons Frey
Keywords: World War I, Canadian children, charity, dance

Abstract

During the First World War, Canadian children supported the war effort by raising money for organizations such as the Red Cross through singing, dancing, and dramatic performances. Charitable performances by three distinct groups—the professional Winnipeg Kiddies, the educational Miss Sternberg’s School of Dance and Physical Culture, and the amateur service organization the Girl Guides of Canada—share striking commonalities that demonstrate how children and children’s bodies were powerful indicators of contemporary Canadian hopes for the good life in Canada.

Author Biography

Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

Heather Fitzsimmons Frey is a Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow at the York University Department of Theatre. Her research examines performances for, by, and with young people, in contemporary and historical contexts. She is especially interested in performances of girlhoods, marginalized identities, and uses of dance in theatrical performances. Her most recent book explores non-traditional ways of making theatre and is called Ignite: Illuminating Theatre for Young Audiences (Playwrights Canada Press 2016).

Published
2018-09-15
How to Cite
Fitzsimmons Frey, H. (2018). Singing and Dancing “Their Bit” for the Nation: Canadian Children’s Performances for Charity <em>circa</em&gt; the First World War. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 9(2). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/402
Section
Articles for Special Section on Youngsters

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