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Bard on Bower is Back! Summer Shakespeare Festival starts Thursday night at Bower Ponds

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Bard On Bower 2019

The 9th season of Red Deer’s own 3 week festival celebrating the works of William Shakespeare.  Presented on the outdoor stage at beautiful Bower Ponds in Red Deer for a limited run July 25th – August 11th, 2019

Featuring MacBeth and The Tempest performed in repertory, and NEW THIS YEAR “Bard in a Box” touring pocket productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Comedy of Errors playing FREE in select parks  in Red Deer and area.

Enjoy LIVE theatre on a warm summer’s evening against the romantic backdrop of beautiful Bower Ponds!  Live music!  Feature Days!  Picnic Baskets!  Performances suitable for all ages!

Bard on Bower Stage

How much does it cost?

The shows on the main stage at Bower Ponds are proudly presented with  NO ADMISSION charge, thanks to government support and sponsors. We do welcome cash donations at the mainstage shows, which go directly towards covering a small portion of the expenses not covered by our fundraising, and to the cast & crew who are SHAREHOLDERS in the festival. They do not get paid a fixed amount for working full time hours for weeks on end to provide this exciting cultural event for all central Albertans. For info on becoming a sponsor please click here.

Is it a rain or shine event?

Most of the stage is covered by a roof and we do provide some tents and several umbrellas to the audience. If the day is rainy leading up to the performance and we are convinced no one will want to come, we may cancel a performance. Rain has come upon us during performances and we have always finished the show (taking impromptu intermissions as needed). If severe weather closes the park system all shows are suspended until the park reopens. For notice on cancellations follow us on twitter and like us on facebook!

Are there washrooms and amenities?

Washrooms are located in the Bower Ponds Pavillion, where there is also a concession. These are closed by the time our performances end. Here’s a closer look at the site:

 

OUR PERFORMANCES

MACBETH

MacBeth – Director: Victoria Wells-Smith

“Screw your courage to the sticking place”

(Act I, scene vii)

A desperate warrior yearns to become king. His destiny foretold by witches, and encouraged by his aspiring wife, MacBeth exercises ruthless dominion over troubled Scotland, and pays the price for his ambitions.

“MacBeth shall sleep no more”

(Act II, scene ii)

THE TEMPEST

The TEMPST – Director: Ben Blyth (of The Malachites / Edmonton/ London)

“Oh, Brave new world, that has such people in’t”

(Act V, scene i)

Shipwrecked on the magical isle of Prospero, love-lorn Ferdinand and sheltered Miranda discover the wonder of love in a Brave new world. Retribution and forgiveness clash in the spirit world of Ariel and Caliban

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on!”

(Act IV, scene i)

BARD in a BOX!   TOURING POCKET PRODUCTIONS OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and COMEDY OF ERRORS

The touring company – condensed (45 minute) retellings of the popular summer romps, set to tour the civic parks of Red Deer and the surrounding County. Cast size of 4-5.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (45 minute version) – Director Thomas Usher

Helena and Hermia and their suitors run away, and run afoul, in a mysterious woodland realm of the faery king and queen. Meanwhile, local would-be actors rehearse a bizarre play in a nearby glade with asinine results.

“Lord, what fools thee mortals be”

(Act III, scene ii)

TOGETHER WITH:

The COMEDY of ERRORS (45 minute version) – adapted by Glen Gaston, Director Ashley Mercia

“I am to the world like a drop of water, that in the ocean seeks another drop”

(Act I, scene ii)

Separated at birth, two sets of identical twins encounter each other’s servants and families by chance. Unaware of what ties them together, they now must untangle whatever kept them apart.

“One of these men is genius to the other”

(Act V, scene i)

NEW THIS YEAR – Tea-for-2 picnic from Cronquist House

The package includes a carafe of tea or coffee, sandwiches, squares all personally packed in a basket for a summer evening repast watching BARD on BOWER.  Order through Prime Stock website.

 

Bower Ponds Outdoor Stage Schedule

Thursday July 25, 7pm MACBETH

Friday July 26, 7pm MACBETH

Saturday July 27, 7pm MACBETH

Sunday July 28 (New to Canada Day!), 1pm The Comedy Double Bill! COMEDY OF ERRORS & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, 7pm MACBETH

Tuesday July 30, 7pm THE TEMPEST

Wednesday July 31 (LGBTQ2S+ Night!), 7pm THE TEMPEST

Thursday August 1, 7pm MACBETH

Friday August 2, 7pm THE TEMPEST

Saturday August 3, 1pm THE TEMPEST, 7pm MACBETH

Sunday August 4, (Family Day!), 1pm The Comedy Double Bill! COMEDY OF ERRORS & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, 7pm THE TEMPEST

Tuesday August 6, 7pm The Comedy Double Bill! COMEDY OF ERRORS & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – with special guests the Edmonton Magpie Morris Dancers!

Wednesday August 7, 7pm MACBETH

Thursday August 8, THE TEMPEST

Friday August 9, 7pm THE TEMPEST

Saturday August 10, (Treaty 6 & 7 Day!), 1pm The Comedy Double Bill! COMEDY OF ERRORS & A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, 7pm MACBETH

Sunday August 11, 1pm THE TEMPEST

Bard on Bower location

 

What should I bring with me?

Seating is on the sloped ground so you may want to bring a blanket or low festival chair to sit on. We have many tarps on hand that you can lay under your blanket (the geese will have left unwelcome presents for you on the grass). Picnics are welcome, and as it cools off you will find bug spray and an extra layer of clothing useful. A hat, sunscreen and rain-gear are always wise, and you may want cash if you choose to make a donation or take advantage of any refreshments available. We have a limited number of tents set up for public use, and many umbrellas.

Is the park accessible for wheelchairs and strollers?

The audience area is on a sloped grassy hill which might be a little awkward, but it is a barrier-free park. The ground is more flat at the back of the seating area just off of the walking path. Bulky items like strollers should be kept to the periphery of the seating area.

What if I have other questions?

When you are at the ponds please visit our donations tent at the back of the audience area if you have any questions at all, or if need to see someone with First Aid. In advance of a performance you can e-mail us at info@primestocktheatre.com

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Jess Moskaluke hosting the 2020 ACMA Awards.. Tickets available for public!

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Pssssst….  Central Alberta… We’ll let you in on a little secret…

Here’s Ryan Langlois with the details…

You probably already know the Association of Country Music in Alberta is holding their 2020 Awards Show in Red Deer at the Cambridge Inn and Suites on the weekend of January 25 and 26.

You probably already know that Jess Moskaluke, one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars is hosting and performing!

But here’s something most people don’t know yet… The ACMA Awards has started something new called The Fan Zone!

The ACMA’s are making it easier than ever for anyone to join in this incredible industry event and enjoy one of the most incredible musical experiences you’ll ever see in Red Deer (until next year’s Award Show).

Perhaps best of all… the tickets are incredibly affordable!!  For just 35 dollars, you can see all ten acts.. the awards show and speeches… AND..  you’ll be spoiled with a pre-show event sponsored by Hotels Red Deer… exclusively for the Fan Zone ticket holders!  A drink… snacks.. your own pre-show acoustic performance… And then there’s the Award Show itself!  More than 10 live performances, speeches from the winners, come see some of Canada’s best musical talent.. all for one amazing low price!!!

That’s right… We’re yelling this secret out.  Sorry.  We just don’t want you to miss out.

Click here for ticket information!  

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Anne Frank exhibition at Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

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Anne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG

The travelling exhibition Anne Frank – A History for Today, a travelling exhibition from the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), will be on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) January 12 to March 22, 2020. This exhibit aims to bring Anne’s life story to the attention of people all over the world to encourage them to reflect on the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination and the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy. As part of this exhibit the MAG will be showing artworks created by Red Deer high school students in response to the Anne Frank story.

This exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank set against the background of the Holocaust. The exhibition makes use of images from the Frank family and quotations from the Diary of Anne Frank. Each panel displays information about the most important developments of that time: the rise of National Socialism, the Second World War and the persecution of the Jews. This exhibition has three artefacts that visitors will be able to see: a replica of the Diary of Anne Frank, a Yellow Star of David, a 3D model of the Anne Frank House and a Nazi program from 1935-1936.

“We are pleased to present this exhibition during the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland from Nazi occupation,” says Lorna Johnson, Executive Director. “The Diary of Anne Frank continues to be a moving testament to the optimism of youth in the most trying situations. The Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam has made a commitment to work with youth all over the world to eliminate racism and discrimination. We are pleased to bring their message to Red Deer and we would like to thank the teachers and students of Red Deer’s high schools who have embraced the project and created artworks for display, and who have volunteered to be tour guides in the exhibition.”

Aims of the exhibition

  • To increase knowledge of youth and public on the historical events of the second world war, the Holocaust and the life of Anne Frank
  • To foster dialogue between attendees on topics such as the dangers of discrimination and the importance of tolerance and the human rights
  • To increase the knowledge of local /national / international history through various activities in conjunction with the exhibition
  • To invite youth to live a learning experience of exchange and dialogue.

Opening Reception: Join the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery at 2pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020 for the joint opening reception of Anne Frank: A History for Today and the MAG’s in-house exhibit Sacrifice, Hope, Friendship: Canada and the Liberation of Holland.

Anne Frank

In many countries Anne Frank has become the symbol of the mass murder of Jews during the Second World War.

Anne Frank was born on 12th June, 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany. She was the daughter of Otto and Edith Frank and had a three year old sister, Margot. Just like many other Jews, the Frank family fled Germany after Hitler and his National-Socialist party came to power in 1933. The Jews who stayed in Germany were step by step excluded from society. The Frank family went to the Netherlands where father Otto started a company.

In May 1940 the Nazis occupied the Netherlands and soon anti-Jewish measures were introduced. In July 1942 large-scale deportations of Jews took place. The Frank family went into hiding along with four others. They hid in the annex of Otto Frank’s office building on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, right in the heart of the city. During their time in hiding, Anne Frank kept a diary. In August 1944 the hiding place was betrayed and the eight people were taken to different concentration camps. Anne Frank eventually died in the camp Bergen-Belsen. Only Otto Frank survived the war. In 1947 the diary of Anne Frank was first published. By now it is translated into sixty languages and has become one of the best known documents about the Holocaust. The building where the Frank family hid is now a museum.

For more details regarding the exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today contact Kim Verrier, Exhibitions Coordinator at kim.verrier@reddeer.ca, 403-309-8440.

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