NEWS RELEASE

July 27, 2012, Langley BC: Bard in the Valley is presenting William Shakespeare‘s Twelfth Night at two outdoor venues in Langley in August. This is the troupes’ third season and the play promises lots of action and fun, with mistaken identities, sword fights and complicated love interests. Twelfth Night is directed by June Ainsworth and Jacq Ainsworth.

Producer Diane Gendron said, “Everyone is invited to bring friends and the whole family to this exciting, free, outdoor theatrical event. It has been most gratifying to see so many children in the audience in our first two seasons. We look forward to giving even more people of all ages the opportunity to share in this Shakespearian experience this season. Because admission is free, our performances are accessible to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a Shakespearian play.”

The audience is invited to bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic or to pick up dinner at the Rotary Concession that will be onsite in Douglas Park.

Admission to the event is free but donations will be welcome to help cover production costs.

The show’s co-director, June Ainsworth said: “Twelfth Night is my favourite Shakespearian comedy and I have been privileged to work with our many talented actors to bring this delightful play to the stage. The wonderful imagination of the set decorators and seamstresses complete the scene to ensure this year’s production is a fulfilling kaleidoscope of entertainment.”

Show dates are August 9 to 11 at 7 p.m. and August 12 at 2 p.m. and August 16 to 18 at 7 p.m. and August 19 at 2 p.m. on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City and August 25 at 6 p.m. and August 26 at 2 p.m. during the International Festival in Willoughby Park adjacent to the Langley Events Centre in the Township of Langley.

The production is made possible with the support of the City of Langley, The Township of Langley, The Rotary Club of Langley, The Langley Times, Coast Capital Savings, Waterstone Law Group, 24/7 Security, Deloitte, and News 1130.

Bard in the Valley’s Artistic Director and co-producer for Twelfth Night, Allan Thain said, “The Bard in the Valley Society is dedicated to the concept of making these performances both affordable and available to wide audience. We believe in “One Goal – One Passion – Shakespeare For Everyone.”

For more Information about The Bard in the Valley Company you can visit www.bardinthevalley.com.

See below for the synopsis and performance dates and times. Cast members are also listed and where they live is noted in case the newspapers outside of Langley want to feature their local talent. Please contact Diane Gendron for contact information for the cast.

Synopsis

Shakespeare once again conjures up a wonderful plot, where brother and sister – twins – are separated during a shipwreck. Viola, the girl twin, dresses as a boy and calls herself Cesario. She finds work in the court of Count Orsino where she falls in love with her master the Count. Unfortunately for her, the Count is in love with the Countess Olivia, and sends Cesario to the Countess to proclaim his love. Upon their meeting, the Countess falls in love with Cesario – and then the fun begins. In the Countess’s household, there is constant rumbling between Sir Toby, her uncle, and Malvolio, the chief steward. Add to the mix, a jester named Feste, and you have the makings of a great farce.

Performance Details
Spirit Square Stage in Langley City’s Douglas Park
Thursday August 9 – 7pm
Friday August 10 – 7pm
Saturday August 11 – 7pm
Sunday August 12 – 2pm
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Thursday August 16 – 7pm
Friday August 17 – 7pm
Saturday August 18 – Arts Alive – 7pm
Sunday August 19 – 2pm
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Willoughby Community Park – Langley Events Centre – The Township of Langley
The International Festival
Saturday August 25 – 6pm
Sunday August 26 – 2pm

CAST

Viola/Cesario: Caroline Dearden – Langley resident

Count Orsino: VG Winter – Coquitlam resident

Countess Olivia: Elyse Maloway – Cloverdale resident

Sebastian: Parker Thompson – Coquitlam resident

Malvolio: Andy Wood – Cloverdale resident

Feste: Ryan Scramstad – Port Coquitlam resident

Sir Toby Belch: Jeff Hacker – Langley resident

Maria: Joylyn Secunda – Coquitlam resident

Sir Andrew: Jonathan Dearden – Langley resident

Antonia: Lisa Beaulieu – Langley resident

Valentine: Joe Tenta – Langley resident

Curio/Wave Spirit: Stefani Delisimunovic – Langley resident

Captain/Sir Topaz: Michael Runte’ – Surrey resident


CONTACT:

Producer – Diane Gendron – 604-534-4242