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POWER OF ONE BULLYING-PROOFING PERFORMANCES COMING TO THE EMSB

Repercussion Theatre

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008-   The Power of One, a series of skits presented by actors who use boxes, colours, and masks to vividly portray what bullying is, what can be done about it, and how every child has the power of one and the power to report bullying when they see it, is coming to the English Montreal School Board (EMSB).

Six EMSB elementary  schools have booked shows:  Royal Vale (5851 Somerled) in N.D.G., 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Dante (6090 Lachenaie) in St. Léonard, Oct. 15, 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.; Westmount Park, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.; St.  Gabriel, Oct. 20, 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.; Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.; and St. Brendan, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Power of One explains: the roles in bullying: bully (target, and bystander); shows vivid examples of different types of bullying ( physical, verbal, exclusion and cyber bullying);  alerts children that targets need help and intervention;  encourages students not to be bystanders;  emphasizes the need for individual action to make the community a safer, better place; and refers children to parents, adults, and teachers for further assistance and instruction.

The set for the Power of One consists of a series of boxes that fit inside each other like a Russian egg. Each box is a different colour: green, purple, yellow, and white, representing the different roles in the bullying process. Following the colour scheme of the boxes, the actors put on a green mask when they play the Bully, a purple mask when they play the Target, and a yellow mask for the Bystander. The highlight of the performance is when a volunteer from the audience looks into the Power of One box (which contains a mirror) and sees himself/herself! This leads to the audience taking the Power of One anti-bullying oath and the conclusion of the performance. The Power of One has been seen in over 1500 schools and performed for over 500,000 children. For more information log on to www.sorenbennick.com.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca