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imagesCAIIZ640Coast Mountains School District 82 is thrilled to host the Vancouver Opera in Schools presentation of Naomi’s Road based on the novel by Joy Kogawa.   School performances are scheduled on October 2, 3 and 4, 2012 in Hazelton, Terrace, Kitimat and Stewart, and are limited to student participation due to venue capacity. 

This touching, instructive opera, set during World War II tells the dramatic story of nine-year-old Naomi’s journey, with her Japanese Canadian family, from Vancouver to an internment camp in the interior of B.C.  In a sensitive, visually evocative production filled with emotion, humour and soaring melodies, Naomi and her older brother Stephen struggle with the harshness of war, racism, bullying and loss of family.  Ultimately brother and sister triumph over their fears and discover the gifts that sustain them, music, words and love.  Their resilience of spirit offers hope for the future and will lead audiences to discover the power of understanding and the beauty of compassion.

“It’s a story that evokes a sadness and shame specific to our part of the world, while simultaneously imparting hope and joy to the millions of children and teenagers who have read it.  It’s a story that lends itself perfectly to the dramatic nature of opera.” – Vancouver Sun

Coast Mountains School District believes in the importance of Arts in Education and appreciates this new partnership with Vancouver Opera, which is the second largest opera company in Canada.

It is regarded worldwide for its country leading education programs which have reached more than 1.6 million children and their families over a 35-year period. 

The school district acknowledges with deep gratitude that many children in all our school communities will now also receive this wonderful opportunity to experience live opera.

More information is available at or contact Nancy Wells, Superintendent of Schools at (250) 638-4407 or via email at

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