Guest Post Bard Blog Posts
I’m the youngest member of the Bard Benefactor donor group – and I’m often left wondering where my fellow Millennial-era, Young Professionals are. To inspire more young people to give, I’d like to share the three main reasons why I support Bard on the Beach:
Opera is a truly European art form; its origins are strongly rooted in European history, language and culture. That is why the UBC Opera Ensemble has produced at least one fully staged opera every summer in the Czech Republic. Intimate theatres, world-class musicians, captivated audiences - there are many reasons for a young singer to make the pilgrimage to Europe. The quaint spa town of Teplice has become accustomed to the yearly influx of eager singers looking to immerse themselves in Czech culture.
Whether you’re a first-time opera-goer or a true aficionado, Opera & Arias at Bard on the Beach is the perfect opportunity to take in beautiful surroundings and beautiful music in one delicious experience. This year the UBC Opera Ensemble, led by Nancy Hermiston, and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, under Maestro Leslie Dala, will be presenting Mozart's most famous opera, The Magic Flute (sung in German).
One of the best parts of Bard on the Beach is its physical location. The picturesque view — captured as the stunning backdrop to the BMO Mainstage set — makes the Festival unique. But this beauty is only part of the landscape. For the last four years it's been enhanced by on-site greenery, maintained by Jennifer Gaze and her Green Team
Our patrons support Bard on the Beach in many different ways - from buying tickets, to volunteering, to becoming a Member. We are grateful that so many have made Bard a part of their lives. A tangible way of supporting Bard is to dedicate a chair in one of our theatres, affixed with a plaque engraved with a special message on the selected chair. Patrons choose to dedicate their chairs for many reasons - remembering a loved one, celebrating an anniversary or honouring a specific person.
This year marks my 10th season with Bard on the Beach education programs. I did my first Young Shakespeareans Workshop in 2005 when I was 12, taught by Andrew Wheeler. We performed Romeo and Juliet and I played the Nurse. I participated in 10 workshops over the next six years, until I aged out of the program.
Excitement flooded the theatre community today when Bard on the Beach unveiled its plans to construct a new stage in the Burrard Inlet. Now in its 26th year, the Shakespeare Festival has become an iconic summer tradition, bringing in a record 100,000 patrons over its 2014 season. Rising attendance has indicated a need for expansion but the site, bounded by water on two sides, is limited by its geographical location.
“At first we joked about it,” laughs Artistic Director Christopher Gaze. “We’d say the only place to expand was to go into the water – literally!”
Ok, so we are not suddenly changing from Shakespeare plays to musicals but we are having a limited, three show run of the HILARIOUS Will Shakespeare's ImprovMusical and we can't wait! We caught up with show creator Alan Marriott to find out how they pull together a completely improvised show every night.
How did the Will Shakespeare's ImprovMusical come about?
by Dean Paul Gibson, Bard's Associate Artistic Director
By Sam Snobelen
Guest Post By Bic Pentameter
Are you confused, intimidated, or afraid when it comes to Shakespearean language? Fear not cousin, I am Bic Pentameter and I am here to help you understand and talk like Shakespeare! Here are some phrases for everyday as well as relationship situations we can all relate to translated into Shakespearean language. Give them a go - you never know what might happen!