June 9, 2016, Langley, BC: Bard in the Valley (BIV) is presenting Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew on three outdoor stages in Langley this summer, offering 16 performances between June 29 and July 31. This is Bard in the Valley’s seventh season and admission is still free at 11 of the 16 performances.
The Taming of the Shrew is produced by BIV president, Diane Gendron and directed by Darcy J. Knopp. Knopp has been involved with Bard in the Valley since its inception in 2010, both as a lead actor and a director – directing Julius Caesar in 2013 and Comedy of Errors in 2014. Knopp is an H.D. Stafford Alumni who acquired the majority of his theatre training from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). In BIV’s 2015 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost Knopp played Berowne, one of the lead roles.
“Love is complicated and dating sucks. Even the most agreeable personalities in our society struggle to track down “the one,” comments Knopp. “For those of us not blessed with an abundance of patience or a calm temperament, the quest for a ‘better half’ is like a bad day on the golf course. The harder you try; the worse you score and it won’t be long until someone pitches their putter into the water hazard. Of course, that doesn’t stop the rest of us from enjoying the misery and frustrations of others.”
“The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s comedies that I have been waiting to bring to life,” says Knopp. “The collection of characters in this show are as rich and as hilarious as the Bard has put together in any one of his plays. I’m fascinated by the clash of egos and the lengths that the characters go to gain the upper-hand in their relationships.”
“It’s like a relationship demolition derby. It’s friction! It’s sparks! It’s entertainment,” adds Knopp.
“This year, we are joining groups from all around the world in celebrating the legacy of William Shakespeare who passed away 400 years ago,” comments Gendron. “Bard in the Valley’s version of The Taming of the Shrew, while set in a modern day golf and country club, is true to the language and relationships that are Shakespearean to the core.”
“BIV is delighted to highlight the work of two, young, artists in this show,” adds Gendron. “The play features original, high-energy dances by choreographer Tanya Schwaerzle and the delightful musical direction of Lauren Trotzuk.”
“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.
The audience is invited to come early and bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic. Chairs will also be available at all venues, as will snacks. Donations will be welcome to help cover production costs.
Summer 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 8, 9, 10, 15 & 16 – 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 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 – 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, The Langley Times, Tourism Langley, Coast Capital Savings, Waterstone Law Group, 24/7 Security, Township 7 Winery, Deloitte, MediaLink Graphic Design and Jim See Trucking.
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.
This well-known play highlights the hilarious pursuit of love by a cast of memorable characters. One sister, Bianca, is sweet. The other, Kate, is a devil with a sharp-tongue who is known the town over for her venomous disposition. There are no suitors brave enough to take a chance on winning her love. There is, however, a collection of suitors, including an ancient rich guy, a love-struck romantic, a determined underdog, and a mad-cap ruffian, all vying for that elusive happily ever after with the sweet sister, Bianca. Their mother, Baptista Minola, has decreed that Bianca will remain a bachelorette until her elder sister Kate has been married off. Bianca’s suitors make no progress in their pursuit until a peculiar man arrives on the scene. Petruchio is on the prowl for a bride. The suitors for Bianca, employ Petruchio to woo Kate, thus freeing them to compete for Bianca. The suitors turn schemers as they try to out-vie each other to capture the prize of the younger Minola sister, and Petruchio schemes to break Kate of her shrewish temperament.
Actor – Character – Hometown
Mandy Dyck – Kate – Chilliwack
Pauline Dynowski – Biondello – Chilliwack
Sheri Eyre – Baptista – Abbotsford (Teaches at Brookswood in Langley)
Madison McArthur – Tranio – Abbotsford (Teaches at Stafford in Langley & attended Langley Fine Arts School)
Aaron Holt – Petruchio – North Delta
Dylan Coulter – Lucentio – Langley
Dayna Thomas – Grumio – Langley
Sarah Cavalli – Chloe/The Pedant – Langley
Lauren Trotzuk – Bianca – Langley
Nikola Trotzuk – Hortensio – Langley
Kailea De Leon – Model/Nathalie/The Tailor – Langley
Misha Kobiliansky – Philip/Haberdasher/Vincentio – Burnaby
Jeff Hacker – Gremio – Langley
Director, Darcy J. Knopp is from Chilliwack
Musical Director, Lauren Trotzuk is from Langley
Choreographer, Tanya Schwaerzle is from Agassiz
Producer – Diane Gendron – 604.534.4242