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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

Community

Fort Normandeau Days August 24 and 25

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Post Submitted by Tanya Wells, Public Programmer & Special Events Coordinator, Kerry Wood Nature Centre & Historic Fort Normandeau

The rain has made everything so beautiful and green. It has been a little cool but this is the type of weather that can make for some great outdoor adventuring and family time!  We have some amazing events coming up at both of our sites.

Join us this weekend at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre for our Trash to Treasure program that runs from 10:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us at our Fort Normandeau site for Fort Normandeau Days, our biggest party of the season as we celebrate life at the crossing, circa 1885.  There will be battle demonstrations, performers, vendors and activities for the whole family!

Fort Normandeau Days is happening Both Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25 from noon until 5:00p.m. each day.

So many great events and programs to choose from.

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Alberta Bound: Works by Lynn LeCorre

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Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present, Alberta Bound: Works by Lynn LeCorre which runs from August 19 to October 14, 2019 in the Kiwanis Gallery.

En Plein Aire artist Lynn LeCorre explores Alberta in her exhibit at the Kiwanis Gallery.

Travelling the highways and byways around Alberta inspired Lynn to not only discover what Alberta’s landscapes have to offer, but to get out of her car and paint the landscape right on the spot!  Dust, wind, rain, – it didn’t matter as long as she could capture the image of her beloved province.

Although sometimes she had to use a photograph when stepping out didn’t work, such as capturing the winter landscape or to get the aerial views from an airplane or the perfect view from the middle of the road.

Born in Regina, but raised in St. Albert, Lynn has lived in Northern Alberta (Grand Prairie and High Level) for 21 years and Jasper for a few years.   She has been an Alberta girl her whole life.  The landscapes around the various places she lived inspired this exhibit after a move to Red Deer in 2016 to become the Education Coordinator at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.  She balances that job with teaching youth painting classes for Culture Services with the City of Red Deer.  She is once again excited to explore the southern province with fresh eyes for new compositions and landscape challenges.  That was the impetus for this show – to see how diverse the landscape is all across Alberta from her road trips and painting excursions.

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From her artist statement:

Why ‘Alberta Bound?” I love a road trip! The diverse Alberta landscape inspires me. Having lived in Alberta all my life (from Edmonton, Jasper, High Level, Grande Prairie and now Red Deer) and with all my travels across the province, I am continually in awe of this land. When I drive, I am inspired to just pull over and paint what I see. So that is what I do. I pull off onto secondary highways, road allowances or any safe space that gives me the view I wish to paint. Armed with an easel, folding chair and paints, I start sketching a composition. Then I paint quickly before the fleeting light and sky change. This is my challenge. I have been painting the Alberta landscape ‘en plein aire’ for over 15 years and continue to search for new compositions and new challenges.

Red Deer Arts Council and Red Deer Public Library are pleased to present, Alberta Bound:  Works by Lynn LeCorre which runs from August 19 to October 14, 2019 in the Kiwanis Gallery.

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