A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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 Township 7 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.

2018 Fall Production: After The Thin Man

The Bard in the Valley troupe will perform a 1940s radio play live on stage at the Langley Events Centre on Thursday, October 18. This third annual Halloween event is, once again, created by Bard in the Valley and sponsored by The Township of Langley. This year’s production is After The Thin Man. This fun, suspense-filled play will be served up with a buffet dinner.

“This 1940 radio play 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 production is that the sound effects are live. Audiences get to watch as the foley artists (the people who created the sound effects for radio) create the sound effects right there onstage.”

There’s dinner, suspense, live music and lots of fun as the five actors voice the 26 characters, the keyboard artist adds the atmospheric music and the foley artists create their magic.

The actors in this fun production are: Ken Boyd, Jacq Ainsworth, Shawn McGrory, Jim Garnett, Shane Rochon, Mathew Strauss and Diane Gendron with support from Ron Williams and Pam Rochon.

Tickets are $43.75 and they are available on the Township of Langley’s website at http://recexpress.tol.ca/Activities/ActivitiesPortalRegistration.asp?aid=4731 where you will login, register and then purchase tickets. Or call 604.532.3500 to book tickets. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Audience members are invited to dress in 1940s costumes.

Start the Halloween Season with a little light-hearted entertainment that includes suspense, murder and a delightful buffet dinner.

After the Thin Man

Bard in the Valley’s troupe of actors will perform a 1940s radio play live onstage at the Langley Events Centre on Thursday, October 18.

This third annual Halloween event is, once again, created by Bard in the Valley and sponsored by The Township of Langley. This year’s production is After the Thin Man.

This fun, suspense-filled play will be served up with a buffet dinner.

“This 1940 radio play 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 production is that the sound effects are created live onstage. Audiences get to watch as the Foley artists (the people who created the sound effects for early radio) create a car crash and doors opening right there onstage.”

There’s dinner, suspense, live music and lots of fun as the five actors voice the 26 characters, the keyboard artist adds the atmospheric music and the Foley artists create their magic.

The actors in this fun production are: Ken Boyd, Jacq Ainsworth, Shawn McGrory, Jim Garnett, Shane Rochon, Mathew Strauss and Diane Gendron with support from Ron Williams and Pam Rochon.

Romeo and Juliet

Performance dates:

Fort Langley’s Historic Community Hall Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 (as part of Fort Langley’s Canada Day Celebrations). All performances begin at 7 p.m. on the lawn in front of Fort Langley’s historic community hall. Township 7 Winery in Langley July 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 at the Township 7 Winery in Langley. The Sunday performance is a matinee and begins at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7:15 p.m. Outdoor Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City (matinees and evening performances) July 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29 on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City. The Sunday performances are matinees and begin at 2 p.m. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m.

Director

The play will be directed by Jacq Ainsworth. Jacq has been a member of the BIV team from the beginning. She was on stage in the first show in 2010, and was an acting coach for Twelfth Night. She has also had roles in The Tempest, MacBeth and Comedy of Errors with Bard on the Bandstand and directed Homechild for Surrey Little Theatre. She is a UBC English Literature major with a minor in Theatre. In 2016, Jacq earned the World Champion title in Taekwondo sparring and brings with her a wealth of knowledge of martial arts which she will be drawing on to create the cultural climate of Romeo and Juliet. Jacq’s version of this Shakespearean classic will have an international flare with martial arts fight scenes accompanied by a taiko drum band.

Summary

Three hundred years in the future, the polar ice caps have melted, the climate has changed dramatically and the supercontinent of Asia no longer contains the flooded out coastal countries.

There has been mass emigration from Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea and coastal China, 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 landowner 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.

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).