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The Coven at the Youth Infringement Festival.

Theatre Review: The Coven at Youth Infringement Festival—until May 9

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on May 8, 2021

Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


When weird things start happening at a home already fraught with tension, a family starts trying to find the root cause. All indications point to the fact that their family is cursed. Will they be able to break through this malediction that has lasted generations and give their family a chance at a brighter future? Or are they doomed to be forever shackled to it?

Haunted by shadows and the ghosts of the past, The Coven by Shanice Pereira uses the world of witchcraft to represent the intergenerational trauma a family is struggling to get to the other side of. The curse from the past looms over their heads as they continue to fight their way through with love and light, as they learn they must confront the past in order to overcome it.

Screen capture of the cast of The Coven

Nick Gray-Grant, Rayna Farr-Dutchin, Zahra Robertson and Dan Zheng, cast of The Coven.

With a fantastic use of multiple screens and great audio tricks, this cast manages to bring the feeling of being together in the same space despite the pandemic causing them to film separately. The audio really helped amplify the spooky/haunted/cursed feeling throughout the production as well, as they had black or candlelit screens and whispers and chanting echoing through our speakers.

A small but mighty cast, Nick Gray-Grant, Rayna Farr-Dutchin, Zahra Robertson and Dan Zheng bring the family, the fear and the curse to life.


The Ottawa Youth Infringement Festival takes place from May 6–9. The Coven’s next and final performance streams on Sunday, May 9 at 7 pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-choose starting at $5 and are currently available for sale on the Youth Infringement Festival website.


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