This production has gone through 3 iterations that began with a performance in the Champlain College (St. Lawrence Campus) cafeteria about 4 years ago. It had a 3-day run – mostly in the form of a play – and then in March 2016 was presented twice at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec.
Grosse-Île: The Musical was created by Margaret Forrest, John Halpin and Hubert Radoux. It is about the resilience of the Irish and French-Canadian people during the ‘summer of sorrow’ in 1847. The musical narrative recounts the story of this tragic time, during which five thousand immigrants died at the Grosse Île quarantine station near Quebec City.