Saturday, 27 June 2015

Shakespeare On the Bow

Today my mom and sister were in town so we invited them to go to Shakespeare on the Bow.

I always love going to these productions. I don't consider myself much of a Shakespeare/classics person. This has been a great way for me to get a little more familiar with Shakespeare.

The play they did was The Tempest. 

Jill and Tanner and Peirce and Sydney. Sydney volunteered to be part of a musical number at the beginning of the show.....crazy girl.

There was a lot going on at Eau Claire and Prince's Island. We will have to go more this year. I love it down there!

Director's notes for The Tempest: 
Two years ago, the Bow overflowed its banks and flooded much of Calgary, including the trailers, booths, and sets for Shakespeare by the Bow's 2013 production.
Where you are seated now was completely under water. The rest of the country looked on, first in horror, and then in awe and admiration as Calgarians quickly got back on their feet and moved forward. That's why this play makes so much sense to me here and now.
The Tempest is Shakespeare's last play – his swan song, knowing he would never write again – and it’s filled with theatrical images. Storms, magicians, magic capes, wings, monster fins, sorcerer’s wands, lovers reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, singing clowns, invisible sprites, and disappearing banquets. He was saying goodbye to his precious Globe Theatre, his actors, and his colleagues. He was moving toward the future, just as all his characters in The Tempest do. This play is about letting go of the past and embracing theMfuture. Not an easy thing to do at any age.
I am also excited that we have a female Prospera. The part is written for a male, but as a mother, I have always felt that a mother-daughter relationship illuminates the play more clearly than a father-daughter relationship. Mother Bears are extremely fierce... 

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