Casting Call | Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

By William Shakespeare

Company: Bard in the Valley www.bardinthevalley.com

Director: Emily MacKinnon

Producer: Brad Hendy

 

Audition Dates:

March 8 – 12:30-4:00

or

March 9 – 7:00-10:00

 

Audition Venue

Douglas Park Reccentre

 

Callbacks (if Necessary Location TBD)

March 12 – 7:30-10:00

 

Production Dates

There are 14 performances, in 3 venues

  • July 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10,11 at the Township 7 Winery in Langley. The Sunday performance is a matinee only and begins at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7:15 p.m.
  • July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City. The Sunday performance matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m.
  • July 24, 25 at ECO Dairy 1356 Sumas Way Abbotsford. The Evening performances will begin at 7:00 pm

Notes:

 

The audition does not require an appointment but if you would prefer to book a time, please contact director, Emily MacKinnon at emilyjeanmack@gmail.com. Actors wishing to audition without an appointment are asked to arrive at the Douglas Recreation Centre – 20550 Douglas Crescent – on Sunday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. or on Monday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. to hear an outline of the production, performance expectations, rehearsal commitments, and to complete the audition form.

The read-through is on Sunday, March 29. Rehearsals begin on Monday, March 30. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons 12:00-4:00 and Monday evenings 7:00-10:00 (rehearsals on holiday Mondays will be rescheduled for location and/or time) along with a possible additional weekday rehearsal of smaller groups of actors, the timing of which will be mutually agreed upon by the participants

Everyone auditioning will be asked to do a cold read from the script and will be given time to prepare with a scene partner. Some will be asked to read for specific roles. DO NOT send digital headshots or resumes. Bring a printed hardcopy headshot and resume to the audition to be turned in with the audition form.

This is a non-equity production. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact
Madison McArthur at info@bardinthevalley.com.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

Romeo and Juliet Opens in Fort Langley: Friday, June 29

Romeo and Juliet Opens in Fort Langley: Friday, June 29  

Langley BC: Bard in the Valley (BIV) is presenting Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on three outdoor stages in Langley this summer, offering 16 performances between June 29 and July 29. This is Bard in the Valley’s ninth season and admission is still free at 11 of the 16 performances.

Romeo and Juliet is produced by BIV president, Diane Gendron and directed by Jacq Ainsworth. Ainsworth, who has had roles in past Bard in the Valley productions, is a UBC English Literature major with a minor in Theatre. In 2016, she earned the World Champion title in Taekwondo sparring and brings with her a wealth of knowledge of martials arts which she will be drawing on to create the cultural climate of Romeo and Juliet.

“When we first planned Romeo and Juliet as a Martial Arts Romance, I knew we would need a strong and talented production team,” comments Ainsworth, “and I have been lucky to have the very best, from the choreographers of the fight, intimacy and dance scenes to the production design, including costumes, set and graphics.”

“And my cast…wow! So much training and experience and some personal friendships have led this to be one of the closest, most trusting companies I’ve ever worked with,” comments Ainsworth. “They come to rehearsal fully prepared to dig deeper into the script which means we are spending all our time mining the text for the truth, in the story and in the relationships, which has resulted in everyone involved feeling a gamut of emotions at every rehearsal. “

“I am incredibly grateful to Diane Gendron, our Producer, and the Bard in the Valley Board of Directors for, not only giving me the opportunity to direct for them this year, but also for supporting me by finding me an amazing team of volunteers, ” says Ainsworth.

“Bard in the Valley’s Romeo and Juliet is a beautiful spectacle. It’s filled with romance, tragedy, discipline and joy,” adds Ainsworth.

BIV is delighted to offer director, Jacq Ainsworth’s vision of this Shakespearean classic with its international flare and exciting martial arts fight scenes,” comments Gendron. “Her passion for theatre, and understanding of this play in particular, is clearly apparent in every scene.”

“We’ve welcomed two new movement experts onto our team for this production – Phay Gagnon, a violence and intimacy choreographer from Burnaby and Jordan Plaster, a Taekwondo/Weapons Master from New Westminster,” adds Gendron. “These two have added 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, including June Ainsworth who has taken on the role of production designer for this play” says Gendron. “This is our way of giving something back to the community.”

Chairs will be set up at all 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 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 township7.com/events
    July 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14 – The Sunday performance is a matinee 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 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, – The Sunday performances are matinees only 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, Wolfe Auto Group, Waterstone Law Group, The Aldergrove Rotary Club and MediaLink Graphic Design.

Summary

Three hundred years in the future, the polar ice caps have melted, the climate has changed dramatically and the supercontinent of Eurasia no longer contains the flooded out coastal countries. There has been mass emigration inland from Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Russia and Europe, with the result that multicultural communities have been forced to live together and work together to survive.

Many wars and territorial skirmishes over the centuries have reduced the population to a near-feudal state again. This is where we find that one town, Verona, has been placed under strict martial law with curfews and patrols to keep the citizens from open warfare in the street. It is a city trying to make its way forward amidst deeply rooted traditions in conflict. Capulet, a majority land owner in the area, tries to lead by example: strength in solidarity. His household still feels protective against the encroaching Montague family, who won many allies through its ingenuity in battle and fierce joy and discipline in its barracks. The two heirs of these families, Juliet and Romeo respectively, meet accidentally and realize that love, regardless of race and tradition, has a power greater than that of hate, to drive change. 

CAST

Actor                                         Character                                           Hometown

Ahnika Barber                    Juliet                                 Langley
Angel Duran                           Benvolio                                            Maple Ridge
Emily Eggert-Botkin          Dame Montague                         Chilliwack
Reilly Ellis                                Romeo                                                Burnaby
Miranda Croft                      Alison Capulet                              Langley
Diane Gendron                   Lady Capulet                                  Langley
Carson Gervais                   Paris                                                    Langley
Henry Lee                           Sensei Lawrence                            Vancouver
Josh Levesque                    Capulet                                               Vancouver
Veda Maharaj                     Balthasar                        Langley
Emily MacKinnon               Petra                                                   Langley
Shawn McGrory                  Watchman/Merchant             Langley
James McIntosh                 Prince/Philip                                  Langley
Matthew Strauss             Tybalt                                                  Abbotsford
Karen Street                         Nurse                                                  Abbotsford
Luke Street                            Gregory                                              Abbotsford
Brittany Vesterback          Mercutio                                        Surrey

Dancers
Emily Zheng — Langley
Amy Kirby – Abbotsford
Cherry Hsu – Langley
Emily Thoeny – Langley
Sara Thoeny – Langley
Sasha Telychko – Langley
Hannasofia Jyringi — Langley
Amber Schneider

Director – Jacq Ainsworth – Langley

Stage Manager – Amber Schneider – Langley
Violence and Intimacy Choreographer – Phay Gagnon – Burnaby

Taekwondo/Weapons Master – Jordan Plaster – New Westminster
Production Design – June Ainsworth – Langley
Assistant Producer – Shawn McGrory – Langley
Elizabeth Lisa of AzestA Ballet – Langley & Abbotsford

Youth Theatre Workshop Offered This Autumn

NEWS RELEASE

Young aspiring actors, aged 11 to 15 years of age, are invited to register now for an exciting thirteen-day theatre workshop this fall. Bard in the Valley and the City of Langley are partnering again to create this opportunity for Langley’s youth. The workshops will be held on 12 consecutive Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 beginning on September 18 and ending with a performance on Friday, December 7.

A maximum of 14 young people will be introduced to improv theatre techniques and games, audition techniques, plot development, scriptwriting, costume designing, makeup application, set design, set construction and set decorating, stage managing, production team building, theatre etiquette and back stage cooperation.

The workshops will be held in the theatre at H.D. Stafford Middle School so the young actors will have the thrill of presenting a show on a stage for their friends and family on Friday, December 7. The dress rehearsal will be between 4:30 and 6 and the performance will be between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Early registration is recommended because these workshops fill up quickly.

The BIV Youth Theatre Program goal is designed to foster in young people a sense of discipline, confidence, critical thinking and pride in accomplishments, so they can become positive contributors to the community.

These workshops will be led by Shane Rochon who will also write the production the children will perform at the final workshop. Shane is a graduate of Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program in Montreal. He acts professionally as well as with local community groups. Shane directed the 2017 fall production at the Langley Playhouse – Memory of Water. Shane says “What inspires me when working with children is the self-discovery aspect and watching them grow in their self-confidence.”

Cost: $50 for each participant.
Location: H.D. Stafford Middle School, 20441 Grade Crescent, Langley

Participants must plan to attend all 13 days to ensure they realize the best experience from the camp.

For more information and to register, please contact Diane Gendron at dianegendroncooney@valis.ca

FREE Youth Theatre Workshop Offered

NEWS RELEASE

October 28, 2017 Langley BC: Young aspiring actors, aged 11 to 15 years of age, are invited to register now for an exciting, free, ten-day theatre workshop. Bard in the Valley and the City of Langley are partnering again to create this opportunity for Langley’s youth. The workshops will be held on 10 Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:30 beginning on November 7. The subsequent dates are: November 14, 21, 28, December 5 & 12 and January 9 & 16 with a performance on the final day (date to be confirmed).

A maximum of 14 young people will be introduced to improv theatre techniques and games, plot development, scriptwriting, costume designing, makeup application, set design, set construction and set decorating, stage managing, production team building and back stage cooperation. As part of the workshop, all the participants will be cast in a show that will be rehearsed at each session and then performed in front of friends and family on the final day.

The workshops will be held in the theatre at H.D. Stafford Middle School so the young actors will have the thrill of presenting a show on a stage.

The BIV Youth Theatre Program goal is designed to foster in young people a sense of discipline, confidence, critical thinking and pride in accomplishments, so they can become positive contributors to the community.

These workshops will be led by Shane Rochon who will also write the production the children will perform at the final workshop. Shane is a graduate of Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program in Montreal. He acts professionally as well as with local community groups. He is currently directing the fall production at the Langley Playhouse – Memory of Water. Shane says “What inspires me when working with children is the self-discovery aspect and watching them grow in their self-confidence.”

Cost: Free
Location: H.D. Stafford Middle School, 20441 Grade Crescent, Langley

Participants must plan to attend all ten days to ensure they realize the best experience from the camp.

For more information and to register, please contact Diane Gendron at dianegendroncooney@valis.ca.

Murder and Mystery on Stage this Halloween

NEWS RELEASE

September 10, 2017, Langley BC: 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 two plays will take people back to an era when families sat in their living rooms in front of their radios listening to tales being masterfully and magically sent to them over the air waves,” said Diane Gendron president of Bard in the Valley and producer of these plays. “One of the exciting things about our productions is that the sound effects are being made live onstage. Audiences get to watch as the foley artists (the people who created the sound effects for radio) create the sounds of gun shots, fog horns and dead bodies hitting the ground.”

The two plays are:

An episode of The Whistler: The Necklace Was Incidental. This was first produced for airing on the radio in 1948.

An episode of The Adventures of Sam Spade: The Dead Duck Caper. This was first produced for airing on the radio in 1947.

There’s dinner, suspense, music and lots of fun as the foley artists create their magic.

Audiences will recognize the actors in this fun production from their many performances on Langley stages: Ken Boyd, Raymond Hatton, Colin Rankin, Shannon Lee, Ahnika Barber, Shawn McGrory, Jim Garnett, Lauren Trotzuk and Diane Gendron.

Tickets are $42.50 and they are available on the Township of Langley’s website at tol.ca/events or call the Township at 604.533.6086. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Start the Halloween Season with a little murder, mystery, dinner and theatre.


Contact:
Diane Gendron dianegendroncooney@valis.ca