NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release
DATE: June 14, 2019
CONTACT:  Producer – Diane Gendron – 604.534.4242

A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens in Willoughby Park – June 27, 2019

Langley BC: Bard in the Valley (BIV) is presenting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on three outdoor stages in Langley this summer, offering 17 performances between June 27 and July 28. This is Bard in the Valley’s tenth anniversary and admission is still free at 12 of the 17 performances.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is produced by BIV president, Diane Gendron and directed by Darcy J. Knopp. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was Bard in the Valley’s first play 10 years ago and Darcy had the lead role of Oberon in that production. He has directed and been onstage in several of our productions since and we are delighted to have him back in the directors chair for this production,” says Diane Gendron. 

“Darcy brings an understanding of Shakespeare’s plays and a passion for theatre that translate into an exciting experience for our audiences,” Gendron continued.

“We’ve added one more performance this year for a total of 17. We are the opening act at the Township’s Summer Festival Series with our first performance at the amphitheatre in Willoughby Park on Thursday, June 27. We’ll have four performances there closing with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 30, “says Gendron. “Then we’ll pack up our set and move it to the Township 7 Winery for five performances, then move the set again to the Spirit Square Stage in downtown Langley for 8 performances, with the last one on Sunday July 28.”

 “For this ‘Dream’ we are doing away with ‘cute.’ The concept of ‘warm and fuzzy’ is on hiatus,” comments Knopp.  “Instead we will lure the audience into the haunted forest, a dangerous place where magic and illusion promise to warp the structure of reality. It’s sinister, seductive, and a great time in an outdoor theatre.”

“Once again we are delighted to have choreographer Tanya Schwaerzle creating the dances for the show,” adds Gendron. “Her dances add an exciting energy to the production.”

Bard in the Valley is able to continue to offer this exciting, summer theatre admission-free thanks to generous community support. In addition, we have a terrific group of 60 talented actors, creative artists and dedicated people on the crew and production team who volunteer their time and energy for the season,” says Gendron. “This is our way of giving something back to the community.”

Chairs will be set up at the venues, and there is a concession. Audience members are welcome to come early, bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic and spread out on the lawn in front of the stage. Donations are welcome to help cover production costs. 

Summer 2019 Performance Dates:    

At the amphitheatre in Willoughby Community Park. Admission Free. June 27, 28, 29 & 30.

The Sunday performance is a matinee only and begins at 2 p.m.
Evening performances begin at 7 p.m.

At the Township 7 Winery – Tickets $20. July 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13

Call 604-532-1766 or email through their website township7.com/events

The Sunday performance is a matinee only and begins at 2 p.m.
Evening performances begin at 7:15 p.m.

On the Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City. Admission Free. July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28.

The Sunday performances are matinees only and begin at 2 p.m.
Evening performances begin at 7 p.m.
  

This production is made possible with the generous support of the City of Langley, The Township of Langley, The Rotary Club of Langley, Smythe CMA, The Langley Advance Times, Township 7 Winery, 24/7 Security, Tourism Langley, Waterstone Law Group, The Aldergrove Rotary Club and MediaLink Graphic Design.

For more Information about The Bard in the Valley Theatre Company please visit www.bardinthevalley.com.

 Summary

Hermia is supposed to marry Demetrius, but she loves Lysander. Helena is in love with Demetrius, but he has been promised Hermia. Theseus just wants a happy wedding, but he is caught between the duties of his title and the approval of his soon to be bride. Quince is desperately trying to put together a show for the wedding day, but she is plagued with a cast of far below-average talent. These tangled relationships all end up in the haunted forest where the faeries rule supreme. Strife has broken out between King Oberon and Queen Titania and these trespassing humans have become pawns in a faerie turf war. Morning promises reconciliation but surviving until dawn is easier said than done.

See below for the cast list. The cast members come from one end of the Lower Mainland to the other and their hometowns are noted so newspapers can feature their local talent. Please contact Diane Gendron if you would like to contact the cast directly.

CAST

Actor, Character, Hometown

Shayna Loden, Philostrata/ Nepala, Cloverdale

Theresa Rider, Hippolyta/ Peaseblossom, Langley

J.D. Dueckman, Theseus/Moth (Thursday and Friday Shows), Vancouver

Darcy J Knopp, Theseus/Moth (Saturday and Sunday Shows), Langley

Gordon Law, Egeus Port, Coquitlam

Nikola Trotzuk, Demetrius, Langley

Patrick McMath, Lysander, Abbotsford

Dayna Coulter, Hermia, Langley

Madison McArthur, Helena, Abbotsford

Melissa Harris, Quince, Maple Ridge

Shawn McGrory, Snout, Langley

Cassidy Hryckiw, Starveling/Cobweb, Langley

David De Leon, Flute, Langley

Michael Gnansounou, Snug, Burnaby

Misha Kobiliansky, Bottom, Coquitlam

Lauren Trotzuk, Puck, Langley

Dylan Coulter, Oberon, Langley

Mandy Knopp, Titania, Langley

Director – Darcy J. Knopp

Stage Manager – Emily MacKinnon

Choreographer – Tanya Schwaerzle 

Assistant Producer – Shawn McGrory