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Guest Post by Sam Snobelen
Sponsorship of the arts can be a sticky subject and no one knows that better than those of us working on the front lines of fund development. A very public light was shed on this subject during Vancouver City Council’s public hearing in January to decide the fate of the York Theatre’s request for a sign bylaw amendment that would allow them to recognize a local company, West Coast Reduction, in exchange for a very generous endowment contribution.
She’s three months into the job, moving quickly towards our biggest season yet, so we thought it was time to find out what Managing Director Claire Sakaki thinks of Bard!
Have you ever been watching a Shakespearean play – or any play – and thought: ‘no, why is he doing that?’ Do you long to yell out to the characters to warn them against their doomed fate? We thought so. And that’s why we’ve created our all new interactive seating this season at Bard. Check out our easy to follow guide to ticketing and seating right here:
How does an actor prepare for his or her role? Good question! Every year at Bard our Company of actors spend three days with Director of Education & Training Mary Hartman and Vocal Coach Alison Matthews, exploring text and voice at our Actor Intensives. As Equivocation by Bill Cain opens first at the Belfry Theatre on April 22, the Studio Stage actors got a head start on the work this week.
Ever wondered what it takes to become a theatre director? The following four people are going to find out this season as they take on the challenging & rewarding role of Apprentice Director at Bard. Find out what inspires them to direct and what excites them most in the coming season!
Michelle Boulet: A Midsummer Night’s DreamMack Gordon: The TempestKatrina Darychuk: EquivocationGuy Fauchon: Cymbeline
What made you want to be a theatre director?
Do you know how many volunteers it takes to help run Bard? Guess? Last season alone, 235 theatre-loving people shared their summer with us to help check tickets, serve coffee, usher, and jump in to help with any number of other tasks. These generous and talented people help create and sustain a community environment at our site that is welcoming to every single person walking through our gates. We simply could and would not exist without them.
Question: what do you do with 120 beautiful nylon street banners that are past their ‘use by’ date?
If you came to Elizabeth Rex last year you’ll remember two things: Colleen Wheeler’s moving performance as Queen Elizabeth I and… her extraordinary wig. That wig, along with all of our Bard wigs last season, was created by the talented and much sought-after wigmaker Stacey Butterworth. Last year, as well as working at Bard, Stacey worked on the film American Hustle - up for 10 Oscar nominations this year!
Guest Post by Roanne Ward
It’s only January but it feels like summer is just around the corner with the buzz going on in the Bard office! I’ve just returned from a month in Central America and now I’m refreshed and ready to jump into getting our 25th Anniversary season ready.
I’d hoped to take in some live local theatre while I was away. But alas it wasn’t to be, until…
Exciting news on the casting front!
We're thrilled to announce that Bob Frazer will be back on the Studio Stage at Bard for our 25th Anniversary season in 2014.
After taking a year away from Bard while he pursued other projects (including his recent work as Jay Gatsby in Theatre Calgary's The Great Gatsby, Bob will appear in next season's productions of Bill Cain's Equivocation and Shakespeare's Cymbeline.