Manitoba Theatre for Young People
In spring 2009, tens of thousands of high school students from Saskatoon, Winnipeg and several communities in northern Manitoba experienced RI¢H, a musical featuring hip hop, breakdance, skateboarding… and even energy drinks.
Composed by Olaf Pyttliq and written by Vern Thiessen (winner of a 2003 Governor General’s Literary Award for Einstein’s Gift), RI¢H is the story of a teen who must choose between wealth and cool clothing, and friendship and self-respect. This modern take on the Faustian legend of selling one’s soul to the devil was a hit with its young audience, who identified strongly with the story. The Manitoba Theatre for Young People has been presenting theatre for general audiences since 1982.