MACC Evening of Eminence showcases a dynamic night in a dynamic building

Programs, Schools & Students

By Huxley Bragg and Milo Simchen

(Multi Age Cluster Class students at Sir William Osler)

 Every June the MACC program organizes a creative event to cap off the school year ­– the Evening of Eminence. The event commemorates the significant historical figures of our nation and our world, from Terry Fox to Alfred Hitchcock, Sir Isaac Brock to Leonard Cohen.

Each grade 6 and 7 MACC student begins by researching an eminent person for several months. Later, they prepare to adopt their eminent personalities to present at the event, which is open to the MACC community and many invited guests. At the beginning of the evening, groups of grade sixes and sevens present tableaux, theatrical interactions in full costume and character, which connect all the eminent people in shared conversation or debate. They embody the figure they have chosen and even answer questions from the public as their character would. 

This year the Evening of Eminence was held in the Musqueam Cultural Pavilion, a magnificent wooden building of distinction and beauty that was generously offered to the program by the Musqueam Nation. The evening got off to a good start with Musqueam elder Shane Pointe presenting a powerful speech to the crowd who linked hands while he taught us a Musqueam word: nə́c̓aʔmat ct (meaning, in English, “we are one”). The tableaux gripped the large crowd of families and invited guests, providing a lively atmosphere by bringing the characters to life. 

Overall, the Evening of Eminence 2017 was a great way to teach the students and the public about this wide variety of historical legends. Through all the work and sacrifices these eminent people made for us, one thing is certain – they are distinct, distinguished and determined.