NEWS RELEASE

Jun e 14, 2017, Langley BC: Bard in the Valley (BIV) is presenting Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on three outdoor stages in Langley this summer, offering 16 performances between June 29 and July 30. This is Bard in the Valley’s eighth season and admission is still free at 11 of the 16 performances.

Much Ado About Nothing is produced by BIV president, Diane Gendron and directed by Dylan Coulter. Coulter has had lead roles with Bard in the Valley in two previous productions – Julius Caesar and Taming of the Shrew. He graduated from the Langley Fine Arts High School and has an education in film from the Vancouver Film School and a degree in theatre and English from the University of the Fraser Valley. Coulter has a background in stage combat and a passion for Shakespeare.

“The Bard knew what he was doing when he wrote Much Ado About Nothing. It’s a play filled with witty banter, a dastardly villain sneaking her way through the plot, a foolish constable, dramatic conflict, many laughs and not one, but two love stories,” comments Coulter. “This show was built to be a crowd-pleaser and we’ve had a blast piecing it together with music and dance.”

“A show like this really does require a unique take, and the company has been very excited to take on this challenge and develop our own artistic vision. The characters in the play are ready to fight each other just as soon as share a laugh, and it’s that tension, something Shakespeare really does best, that drew me to Much Ado About Nothing,” says Coulter. “Expect something special when you join us on a summer’s evening to listen to some Shakespeare wafting on the breeze. Come by, be ready to play and slip into our fantastical world.”

“Bard in the Valley’s version of Much Ado About Nothing makes subtle references to Canada’s 150th anniversary by way of little surprises for the audiences to discover in the music choices and on the set,” comments Gendron.

BIV is delighted to highlight the musical direction of Lauren Trotzuk, once again,” adds Gendron. “This production is underscored by live music played by the multi-talented members of the cast.”

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.

Chairs will be set up at all venues, and there is a concession but 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 2017 Performance Dates:
On the lawn in front of Fort Langley’s historic community hall. Admission Free


June 29 & 30 and July 1 (as part of the Canada Day Celebrations) – performances begin at 7 p.m.

At the Township 7 Winery – Tickets $20 call 604-532-1766 or email wine@township7.com
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.

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

The production is made possible with the generous support of the City of Langley, The Township of Langley, The Rotary Club of Langley, Deloitte, The Langley Times, Township 7 Winery, 24/7 Security, Tourism Langley, Waterstone Law Group, Jim See Trucking and MediaLink Graphic Design.

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

See below for the summary and cast list. The cast members’ hometowns are noted in case newspapers outside of Langley want to feature their local talent. Please contact Diane Gendron for contact information for the cast.

Summary
As Don Pedro’s ragtag army returns victorious from battle, 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 Governor’s daughter Hero. Meanwhile the townsfolk and the soldiers observe an almost-love story between Beatrice and Benedick, and conspire to bring these two together as well. But Don Pedro’s villainous sister has hatched a plot to ruin Claudio and Hero’s wedding, and only a foolish constable and her bumbling assistants stand in the way of a tragedy befalling the characters in this comic tale.

CAST
Actor – Character – Hometown
Deanne Ratzlaff – Beatrice – Abbotsford
Kailea de Leon – Hero – Langley
Tarrah Tanaka – Conrade – Cloverdale
Charity Principe – Leonata – Burnaby
Emily MacKinnon – Ursula/First Watchman – Langley
Jessica Milliken – Margaret/Second Watchman – Mission
Misha Kobiliansky – Don Pedro – Burnaby
Brady Moore – Benedick – Chilliwack
Mantaj Bains – Claudio – North Delta
Madison McArthur – Dame Jane – Abbotsford
Adam Piercy – Borachio – Maple Ridge
Dayna Coulter – Dogberry/Soldier – Langley
Ahnika Barber – Verges/Soldier – Langley
Kerry Van Sickle – Friar Francis – White Rock

Director – Dylan Coulter – Langley
Stage Manager – Cassidy Hryckiw – Langley
Musical Director – Lauren Trotzuk – Langley
Choreographer – Damon Jang – Burnaby


CONTACT:

Producer – Diane Gendron – 604.534.4242