A story of understanding that all kids can learn from.

Omar is a refugee newly arrived in Canada. He’s trying to feel at home in his new school, but his efforts keep getting lost in translation. How can he fit in and make new friends?

A comedy with an emotional punch, Whole World shows the struggle of immigrants speaking English as a second language and encourages the audience to be critical of their own perceptions and reach an understanding with their peers. The audience is bound to have a wonderful time following Omar through his life in elementary school.

In the funny and touching Whole World, grade six Omar is frustrated at being mistaken for a bully because of the challenges of communicating as an English-as-a-second-language student. As a member of a newly immigrated refugee family, he is dealing with many fears and insecurities. He tries to confront those who are mislabelling him as a bully with unexpected results.

The other students Omar interacts with are, at first, afraid of him. They imagine him to be a bully and want to expose him. Nashira, a seventh grade documentary film maker, tries to capture the situation with her camera. Alex, his ego bruised by school yard confrontations with Omar, dreams about defeating him in the same way the Hulk defeats Thor. And the fifth grade kid who gets caught up in their quests wonders how this unlikely collection of people fit together. Could they, like the junk in his favourite salvage yard, come together to make something unexpected and wonderful?

We recognize that families may wish to discuss this play before or after the performance. For our shows, we provide families with an introductory letter about the show, available here.

To support you and your children’s educators, Carousel Players develops Study Guides in partnership with Brock University’s Faculty of Teacher Education. The Whole World study guide is available here.

We also recommend the following resources:

Cast & Creative Team

Carousel Players is proud to present the World Premiere production of Whole World by Sean Dixon.

Directed by Monica Dufault
Set, Props, and Costumes designed by Christine Urquhart
Sound Design and Percussion Direction by Maddie Bautista
Fight Director: Anita Nittoly
Stage Manager: Sara Allison
Featuring: Nicola Franco, Ahmad Meree, Josepeh Recinos, Brady Van Vaerenbergh

For Audiences Ages 10+

Themes & Curriculum Connections
Social Studies, History and Geography, Physical Patterns in a Changing World, Global Settlement, Conflict & Bullying, Media, Perspectives & Communities in Canada, Character Education (Empathy, Courage)

School Tour Dates
February 4 to February 22, 2019

Thank you to our community partners and funders!