“2011 Bard to Go” to go again!
2011-12 Bard To Go features:
Bridgett Vanderhoof, Brynhild Weihe, Allison Staley, Sean Kelley, Chaz Albright, and Ryan Jackson.
The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s touring arm, the award-winning Bard to Go (BTG) program, will once again travel beyond its west Michigan roots and into the international community. Bard to Go’s production “Lovestruck” will be presented at the Shakespeare in Paradise Festival in Nassau, The Bahamas, in October of 2011. In addition to playing at the Festival, the eight member Bard to Go Team will play in the Nassau secondary schools. Bard to Go traveled to the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2010, Italy in 2009, China in 2008, and Jamaica in 2005. Bard to Go won the “Best in Festival” at the Sapperlot Youth Theatre Festival in Brixen, Italy, in 2009. More info on the Bard to Go program at www.gvsu.edu/shakes.
Shakespeare in Paradise (SIP) was conceived in 2008 by Ringplay Productions for a variety of purposes: Celebration and Development of Bahamian Theatre, Education & Exposure, Community outreach, Historic preservation/City of Nassau development, Enhancement of the Bahamian Tourist Product, and Economic development. The establishment of Shakespeare in Paradise aims to build capacity in the Bahamian cultural industries, provide visitors with a different experience, and open up new markets to The Bahamas. The members of Ringplay Productions have over fifty years’ experience in Bahamian theatre and theatre production in general, and they include Philip Burrows, who guest directed at GVSU in 2005. SIP is committed to exposing Bahamian audiences to a range of productions from classical theatre traditions around the world and to holding the Festival during the academic year in order to offer specifically tailored educational packages to local and international schoolchildren. BTG, with its emphasis on educational outreach, fits in perfectly with the Festival’s mission. More information on Shakespeare in Paradise is available through their website at http://ringplay.org/wordpress/.
The 2011 BARD TO GO production, "Lovestruck" will feature entertaining, recognizable characters (as they would have been to their Elizabethan audiences) in various scenes from Shakespearean plays on the theme of LOVE. We hope to engage our 21st century student audiences with the beauty and relevance of these plays in provocative and fun ways. BTG will tickle student audiences into wanting more Shakespeare--into wanting to see the whole play, into wanting to do some Shakespearean acting even! Scenes featured in this year's play, "LOVESTRUCK," are excerpted from A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, and Hamlet. We’re taking off the kid gloves, and jumping right in to the richness of the comedy, the fullness of the tragedy, the delight of the language, and the possibilities of play. Grand Valley actors include Chaz Albright, Ryan Jackson, Sean Kelley, Allison Staley, Bridgett Vanderhoof, Brynhild Weihe, with student stage manager Lydia Benkert and student videographer Alyson Caillaud-Jones. Professor Karen Libman directs and Professor Katherine Mayberry, also a GV Shakespeare Festival Alum, is serving as dramaturg for the production. BTG will travel to west Michigan secondary schools after its trip to Nassau. A public showing of “Lovestruck” will take place on the GVSU Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, in the Loosemore Auditorium on November 5 at 1 pm.
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