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February | World Premiere
October 13, 2023 - October 14, 2023
February | World Premiere
By Laura Kaminsky & Lisa Moore

February is a powerful portrayal of the families whose lives were irrevocably altered when Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland, on Valentine’s Day, 1982 — all 84 men on board were lost.

Shifting between the past and present, we follow the fictional Helen O’Mara and her son John. Helen navigates the grief of widowhood and the struggles of motherhood, eventually learning to ‘let the light in’ and find love again. John, immersed in a career in the oil industry that killed his father, struggles with his ambivalence and aspirations when he unexpectedly becomes a father himself.

Based on the award-winning novel by Lisa Moore, February delves into the shared, enduring grief of a community struck by tragedy, and explores our paths forward in this world. 

October 13, 2023 - October 14, 2023
  • October 13, 2023 7:30 pm
  • October 14, 2023 7:30 pm
English with English and French Surtitles™
Run Time
120 minutes
Content Warnings
Depictions of Death and Sexual activity on stage. | Discussions of Death, Mental Health, and Familial Relationships. | Potential: flashing lights and/or projections.
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Accesibility Notes
A livestream presentation of this production will be available on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4

The Arts and Culture Centre is fully wheelchair accessible; as wheelchair seating is limited, please book these seats in advance. The ACC also has a limited number of hearing assist devices; to ensure availability, reserve when ordering tickets. Please let the Box Office know of special needs when ordering tickets, or Click Here for more information.
Laura KaminskyComposer & Co-Librettist
Lisa MooreAuthor & Co-Librettist
Judith YanConductor
Ruth LawrenceDirector
Keith RobertsCostume Designer
Alison HelmerSet Design
Leigh Ann VardyLighting Design
Cameron DavisProjection Designer
Don EllisSound Designer
Amanda KleinStage Manager
Katherine PrachtHelen O'Mara
Leroy DavisJohn O'Mara
Matthew DalenCal O'Mara
Pascale SpinneyJane
Michael KellyBarry
Michael ColmanPriest﹘Red﹘Coach
Lara CiekiewiczBartender
  1. Mado Christie

    Assistant Conductor
  2. Heather Kao

    Concert Master, 1st Violin
  3. Nancy Case-Oates

    2nd Violin
  4. Carole Bestvater

    Traditional Fiddle
  5. Chantelle Jubenville

  6. Frank Fusari

  7. Nathan Cook

  8. Michelle Cheramy

  9. Annie Corrigan

  10. Christine Carter

  11. Ian Hopkin

  12. Katie Sullivan

    1st Trumpet
  13. Jill Dawe

    2nd Trumpet
  14. Jo Dashney

  15. Rob Power

  16. Etienne Gendron

  17. Sarah Veber

  18. Stella Hui