Straight On Till Morning

Straight On Till Morning (World Premier Tour begins Feb 2020) 

It’s the end of the school year: summer’s just around the corner, and Riley K. is all set to shine in the starring role of her school’s production of Peter Pan. But right when Riley should be taking flight, she finds herself feeling lower and lower. Turning to her phone, social media and other screens to escape her feelings, she discovers avoiding them only pulls her further down. Straight On Till Morning is the story of one preteen girl’s journey with depression and what it means to search for the light in the darkness.  

The ground-breaking One Deep Breath series was developed with the assistance of The Ontario Trillium Foundation and a team of mental health professionals. Created by Juno award-winning composers, Judy & David Gershon, and by Canadian director and playwright, Ali Joy Richardson, the program includes an unforgettable in-school performance and excellent teacher resource materials to extend the learning through the year. 

NOTE: Major subsidies to this program are available for schools in York/Simcoe regions.

For more information about these exciting new programs, please contact us.

Education Arts Canada is indebted to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Ontario for their kind support of these programs.


A sneak peak… Pictures from “Straight On Till Morning”!

Here’s a glimpse of scenes from our last “One Deep Breath” program, “Jay VS the World”:


Written by Ali Joy Richardson and Juno award winners, Judy and David Gershon.

Advisory Committee

Education Arts Canada is deeply grateful to our Mental Health Advisory Committee for this initiative. The MHAC consists of accomplished mental health professionals as well as representatives from the education and arts communities. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information about the committee or about the content of the shows.

The One Deep Breath Series

The One Deep Breath series features the following programs, usually offered on a rotating basis in different years:

  • The Secret Life of Riley K (mental health, anxiety)
  • Jay VS the World (mental health, emotional regulation, bullying)
  • Straight On Till Morning (mental health, depression, screen regulation)

Educator Reactions

The One Deep Breath series has been extremely well received by both students and teachers. Here is data from the first show in the series, The Secret Life of Riley K:

Data from Evaluative Study of the Inaugural Tour of Riley K