Sam Spade and The Whistler 2017

Two 1940s radio plays will be performed live on stage at the Langley Event Centre on Tuesday, October 24. This second annual Halloween event is, once again, created by Bard in the Valley and sponsored by The Township of Langley. These fun, suspense-filled plays are served up with a buffet dinner.

The plays are: “An episode of The Whistler: The Necklace Was Incidental” (first produced for airing on the radio in 1948) and an episode of “The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Dead Duck Caper” (first produced for airing on the radio in 1947).

Much Ado About Nothing 2017

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Dylan Coulter
Produced by Diane Gendron
Assistant Producer – Shawn McGrory
Choreographer – Damon Jang
Musical director – Lauren Trotzuk

Performance dates

Fort Langley – on the lawn in front of the historic community hall. Admission Free. Thursday, June 29, Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 (as part of Fort Langley’s Canada Day Celebrations). All performances begin at 7 p.m.

Township 7 Winery in Langley – July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15. The Sunday performance is a matinee and begins at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. Admission $20. Tickets at www.township7.com.

Douglas Park, in Langley City – July 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage. Admission Free. The Sunday performances are matinees and begin at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m.

Summary

As Don Pedro’s band of warriors returns from a successful winter war, they pass through the town of Messina, and visit with old friends. The spirit of love is in the air. Claudio, a celebrated young soldier, falls in love with the Duke’s daughter Hero, while two other would-be lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, hide their feelings for each other in wit and banter. The townsfolk, observant of this almost-love story, conspire to bring Beatrice and Benedick together. Meanwhile, Don Pedro’s bitter and sullen illegitimate brother Don Jon has hatched a plot to ruin Claudio and Hero’s wedding. The day is saved when the bumbling watchmen discover the plot and the foolish constable manages to arrest the conspirators. Happily, in the end, the two young couples are united.

What to Bring

Bard in the Valley sets up chairs at all three venues but you are welcome to bring a deck chair or a blanket and a picnic and spread out on the lawn in front of the stage. And you will want to have a warm jacket or blanket with you for the evening performances because it can get quite chilly by the second act.

The 39 Steps 2016

A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry.

Producer Diane Gendron
Director June Ainsworth

Bard in the Valley is honoured to have been invited by the Township of Langley to present a mystery thriller leading up to the Halloween season.

It’s a dinner party and a fun, suspense-filled play, all in one evening. The play is Vintage Hitchcock – The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play written by Joe Landry. The director is June Ainsworth and the producer is Diane Gendron.

We are fortunate to have two veteran radio announcers in the cast: Ken Boyd and Brad Williams. In addition, the cast includes: Shawn McGrory (making the live sound effects); Peter Walton (on the keyboard); June Ainsworth (running the radio studio) and in various roles, Janet Ingram-Johnson, Jacq Ainsworth and Diane Gendron.

Come along and join the fun.

Taming of the Shrew 2016

Directed by Darcy J. Knopp.

The 2016 season will open on June 29 on the lawn in front of the Historic Community Hall in Fort Langley.

This performance will be followed by one on June 30 and another on July 1st during the Fort Langley Canada Day celebrations.

The next performances will be at the Township 7 Winery on July 8/9/10 and 15/16.

The set will then be moved to Douglas Park for the eight performances on the Spirit Square stage on the weekends of July 21-24 and July 28 to 31.

KATE ~ Mandy Dyck
BIANCA ~ Lauren Trotzuk
TRANIO ~ Madison Macarthur
GRUMIO ~ Dayna Thomas
PEDANT/CHLOE ~ Sarah Cavalli
BIONDELLO ~ Pauline Dynowski
MODEL/TAILOR/NATHALIE ~ Kailea De Leon
PETRUCHIO ~ Aaron Holt
LUCENTIO ~ Dylan Coulter
HORTENSIO ~ Nikola Trotzuk
BAPTISTA ~ Sheri Eyre
GREMIO ~ Jeff Hacker
VINCENTIO/PHILIP/HABERDASHER ~ Misha Kobiliansky

Synopsis

Prologue: “Madame B” the boss of the Padua Golf and Country Club has discovered a major problem. They have double booked special events for their two most important members. Luckily, her overworked and underpaid assistant Chloe has a plan.

Act 1 Baptista Minola is chased by suitors of her youngest daughter, Bianca, but refuses to entertain marriage proposals until she has a suitor for her eldest daughter Kate who seems to be two diffi cult for any sane man of Padua. A young naive traveler, Lucentio, accompanied by his friend/servant Tranio and his rather dim lackey, Biondello, falls in love with Bianca at first sight and adds his name to the list of suitors which also includes the rich old Gremio, and the hard luck Hortensio. The suitors are stalled in their quest until an odd man from Verona arrives in town seeking a wealthy dowry and the woman that comes with it. Petruchio agrees to woo the wild Kate.

Act 2 In the middle, of sibling strife between Kate and Bianca, the suitors arrive at Baptista’s house and make propositions to obtain her daughters’ hands in marriage. Both Hortensio and Lucentio have disguised themselves as tutors to the Minola girls to gain the inside track on winning their love. Tranio has taken on the identity of her master to assist him in winning the hand of Bianca. After a very intense fi rst meeting, Petruchio has brokered a deal to marry Kate much to Kate’s chagrin. With the eldest daughter being spoken for, Gremio and the fake “Lucentio” bid for Bianca. The fake Lucentio outbids Gremio, but must provide assurances from Vincentio (Lucentio’s father).

Act 3 The two tutors battle to win Bianca’s affection discreetly with the real Lucentio gaining the upper hand. It’s time for the wedding, but Petruchio is horribly late and ridiculously disheveled. The ceremony is wild a disaster, and the Bride and groom leave before the reception begins, as Kate is kidnapped by her new husband.

Act 4 Kate and Petruchio arrive home at Petruchio’s run down estate. Kate is prevented from eating and sleeping thanks to the “kindness” of Petruchio. Meanwhile, in Padua, Hortensio disguised as the tutor Licio, happens upon Bianca and Lucentio disguised as Cambio. The two are more friendly than student and pupil should be. Hortensio and the fake Lucentio swear off Bianca after this leaving the real Lucentio as the front runner for Bianca. Back in Verona, Petruchio continues to breakdown Kate’s will during episodes with a tailor and a hat maker. Tranio, spins a yarn to an unfamiliar pedant and convinces her to play the part of Vincentio to fool Baptista just long enough to let Bianca marry Lucentio. Kate, Hortensio, and Petruchio make their way to Padua for Bianca and Lucentio’s wedding. They happen upon the real Vincentio who has come to visit his son.

Act 5 The real Vincentio goes to visit his son and encounters the fake Vincentio and the fake Lucentio. The confrontation promises that someone will be sent to the jail for identity fraud and perhaps murder, but suddenly the real Lucentio and his new bride Bianca appear. The situation is resolved happily with everyone heading to the reception where a series of wagers decides ultimately who has the best wife.

Love’s Labour’s Lost 2015

Summer 2015 – Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas and it isn’t long before young love, with it’s glad eyes, hesitations and embarrassments, has broken every self-imposed rule of the all-male ‘academe’.