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Sereana Malani: Playing With The Big Kids

Sereana Malani: Playing With The Big Kids

It's the final blog of the season! The lovely Sereana Malani (Isabella, Measure For Measure; Lady Stanley, Elizabeth Rex) kindly shares her favourite moments of her first season at Bard. Enjoy!"As I prepare to close my first season at Bard I recognize that there have been many wonderful memories made - too many for me to pick a favourite. However, one word does stick out. The common denominator, the singing constant of my season here has been: laughter.

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Gaining Sympathy from the Right and Wrong Crowds

Gaining Sympathy from the Right and Wrong Crowds

Twelfth Night director Dennis Garnhum and Twelfth Night/Hamlet actor Barbara Pollard share their favourite moments of the season.

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Overheard at Bard: Part Two

Overheard at Bard: Part Two

Here is Part Two of some of the funniest, most peculiar and cutest things we’ve overheard in the Box Office this season. Enjoy! Box Office: “Twelfth Night isn’t playing tonigh--” Patron: “Oh my goodness I need better eyes!”Patron: “Well it’s so nice hearing Christopher’s voice that I don’t even mind getting your voicemail!”Patron: “This is for my lady. Well one of them… you know what I mean.”

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To Write or Not to Write?

To Write or Not to Write?

Guest Post by Rupert Potter

Rupert Potter took his position as British Consul-General in Vancouver in July 2012 and is the British government’s representative in British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. His wife and two children join him in Vancouver.

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Passion, Lust and Betrayal: UBC Opera Take the Stage

Passion, Lust and Betrayal: UBC Opera Take the Stage

Every summer Bard is delighted to team up with the talented folks at UBC Opera for some spellbinding thrills and trills. We caught up with UBC Opera Ensemble’s Director, Nancy Hermiston to find out more about her love of opera, special guest stars and the hard work it takes to become a great opera singer.

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A Dress Fit For a Queen!

A Dress Fit For a Queen!

Barbara Pollard’s interview back in July was so popular we were delighted when she agreed to share some more of her ‘behind the scenes’ moments. In this post, Barbara describes the challenges and fun she had with the costume team in bringing Queen Gertrude to the stage for Hamlet.

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Todd Thomson: From Elephant to Seasoned Swordsman

Todd Thomson: From Elephant to Seasoned Swordsman

With the end of the season just around the corner, we asked a few of the Company members to share their favourite moments from their summer at Bard. This week Todd Thomson (Laertes, Hamlet / Orsino, Twelfth Night) reveals his fear of not being able to pull off a convincing fight scene without getting skewered in the process!

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Colleen Wheeler: Putting on Makeup and Watching Airplanes

Colleen Wheeler: Putting on Makeup  and Watching Airplanes

The fabulous Colleen Wheeler, in her 12th season at Bard this summer, is thrilling audiences in her colossal role: Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth Rex. We caught up with Colleen to hear about her experience at Bard and what she likes to do in her time off.

Tell us something about you people don't know.

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Overheard at Bard: Part One

Overheard at Bard: Part One

At Bard, we aim to entertain! But did you know that you also entertain us? Since April, our Box Office superstars have been taking note of some of the witty, obscure and hilarious things our patrons say when they email or call in. Here are 13 of our favourites so far. Enjoy!

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Time Travelling With a Glass of Wine

Time Travelling With a Glass of Wine

You’re in Athens, Greece circa 487 BC, where you and thousands of other citizens journey to a magnificent amphitheatre to celebrate Dionysus: the God of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine.  The theatre festival is free although seating is determined by your social standing. The play you’re watching is not as good as you’d hoped so what do you do? Pick up a stone, food or any nearby object and hurl it the stage! Oh, and feel free to boo and hiss - it’s totally encouraged if the performance is sub-par!

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Daniel Doheny: Straight From School to Stage

Daniel Doheny: Straight From School to Stage

Actor Daniel Doheny jumped straight out of college and on to the BMO Mainstage this year where he is playing no less than six roles in Hamlet and Twelfth Night. Was it luck? Hard work? Good timing? We asked Daniel how he got the gig, and what it’s like to be a young newbie at Bard on the Beach.

It’s your first time performing at Bard; how are things going so far? Is it all that you expected and more? 

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Bear Finds its Way to Vanier Park

Bear Finds its Way to Vanier Park

Back in May we posted a story about a bear sighting in downtown Vancouver. Well, that lovely bear made its way to Vanier Park and has become an audience favourite as Ned Lowenscroft’s pet in Elizabeth Rex.

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