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Musical, film tell story of strike

Musical, film tell story of strike

A seminal moment in Canadian history from a century ago is the subject of a musical and a forthcoming movie. Strike! The Musical, written by Danny Schur and Rick Chafe, tells the story of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. What began as a walkout by a few city workers culminated in 35,000 union and nonunion supporters taking to the streets to protest harsh working conditions. Opening June 20, Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage is remounting a production of its 2005 production. June 21 marks 100 years to the day that the strike reached its peak. A film adaptation titled Stand! comes to theatre screens this fall and will be distributed to 500,000 students across Canada for study in schools.