Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company teaches students traffic safety

Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company’s traffic safety play was performed for students at Saskatoon’s Ecole College Park School on Monday. Brent McGillivray / Global News

SASKATOON – Students in Saskatoon and area are getting a lesson in traffic safety with the help of a comedic play.

Elementary schools on First Nations as well as urban and rural communities have had the opportunity to watch the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) perform its play “Imagination Odyssey” this spring.

The play teaches kids the basics, like looking both ways before crossing the street and the importance of always wearing a seat belt.

Grade three to eight students at Saskatoon’s École College Park School took in the 45-minute interactive performance on Monday of two kids trying to find a lost teddy bear.

“These kids are going to be the next future generation of drivers. Might as well get them young, throw it in their heads, so when they’re teenagers they’ll be like ‘Hey maybe I should wear my seat belt so I don’t hurt anybody’,” said Daniel Knight, an actor with SNTC.

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“Kids love the audience interaction and are happy to shout out safety tips to help us on our super secret space mission.”

“Imagination Odyssey” was performed for around 6,000 students in 30 schools across the province in 2013.

This year, the SGI sponsored play will have visited 40 schools and actors will have performed before 10,000 students when it wraps up its six-week tour on June 13.

SGI put up $50,000 for the plays in 2014.

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