Accessibility

Welcome to our theatre company Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan located at 948 Spadina Crescent East. Our goal is to make Shakespeare accessible to all. This 2019 season will feature performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Comedy of Errors. Here you will find additional information both on the plays themselves and our venue. This page can be beneficial to individuals with mobility and hearing concerns as well as those with developmental conditions and other people with differently abled bodies. This page includes potential trigger warnings about our ongoing plays, a character breakdown sheet, mobility accessibility information, information about our upcoming ASL performance, ways to reach our site, and a description of the site and additional pavilions. If you do not find the information you were looking for or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to call our office at 603-653-2300 as we are more than happy to help. 

Performances

As You Like It: This performance will begin with music followed by an abrupt and violent break up of the party. The play also contains a staged wrestling match. The actors in it will be completely safe from harm. Fake swords are also used within the play. These swords are specifically dulled so they do no damage. The actress playing Rosalind will pretend to faint on stage. The two characters Rosalind and Celia will disguise themselves as Ganymede and Aliena.

The Comedy of Errors: This play features some fighting in the form of shouting and punching. Once again, this acting is held in a safe manner so that no damage is done. Additionally, near the end of the performance several prop guns are held. These guns are fake and cannot be used to shoot but may be potentially triggering to people with anxiety or PTSD.

ASL Performances
As You Like It - Friday, July 12th at 7:30pm
The Comedy of Errors - Sunday, July 21st at 7:30pm

This season we will be offering 2 performances that will be ASL interpreted. These performances will have 2 interpreters signing within eyeline of the stage. The 2 interpreters will be stationed in ROW A of Section 1 seats 1-5 with available seating for patrons directly behind them in Rows B, C and D.

To book tickets to the As You Like It ASL performance click here and check out section 1 for available seats.
To book tickets to The Comedy of Errors ASL performance click here and check out section 1 for available seats.

 

Director’s Vision

As You Like It

In celebration of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan’s 35th anniversary and final season in the current configuration, As You Like It will take audiences on a fantastical journey to an enchanting new home where your quirks and oddities are celebrated, and you are free to love whomever you choose.

As You Like It tells the story of an intelligent, young, noble woman who loses everything when she is banished by her Aunt, the Duchess, and is forced to leave the only home she has ever known, but when she disguises herself as a young man of modest means, she finds an unexpected freedom to express herself to the man she loves, and ultimately seizes control of her own destiny.

As You Like It will be set in a world that seems to have fallen through the looking glass. The play takes place in two different spaces which we will emphasize by creating two starkly different realms. The greyscale, cold, and sterile 1800’s castle will represent the Duchess’ Court, but this will be juxtaposed by the Forest of Arden, an ethereal impressionist painting landscape which again, will have a wonderland quality.

A rollicking romp of a play, this production of As You Like It will be interwoven with dancing, live music and a quadrupole wedding! Throw in a wealth of unforgettable supporting characters including: a reigning monarch who makes Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Hearts seem like a teddy bear, a pint sized though formidable wrestling duo known as Charles and the Wrestler, and a fool with a definite Mad Hatter vibe, and this is a show audiences will be buzzing about.

As The Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival is about to set out on a journey to create a new home it seems appropriate that we say good-bye to the current configuration by not only paying tribute to the many plays that have been told in the space up until now, but with a play about fresh beginnings, and finding love and freedom somewhere new.

Ultimately, As You Like It is about finding a place where you feel free to be yourself, whether that is in the arms of the one you love, in a peculiar forest far away from the pressures of ruling your kingdom, or in clothing that you won’t typically find in your gender’s section of the department store. After all, you should be allowed to live As YOU Like It

Comedy of Errors

My concept for this production is setting it in modern day America specifically a southern Florida trailer park. Antipholus of Syracuse describes the people of Ephesus in the following verse.

"They say this town is full of cozenage,

As, nimble jugglers that deceive the eye,

Dark-working sorcerers that change the mind,

Soul-killing witches that deform the body,

Disguised cheaters, prating mountebanks,

And many such-like liberties of sin:"

I picture men wearing t-shirts that say welcome to the gun show, tiger print dresses, make Ephesus great again hats, Chris Angel like mystics, bible thumping shotgun totting beer drinking good ol boys and gals, sleezy fake Rolex selling gold merchants, complete with aviator sunglass wearing southern sheriffs, track suits, mullets, alligator boots ...and perhaps an orange skinned duke who enforces Ephesus’s rather strict treatment of outsiders.

Also (everyone) is packing heat! I don't intend the play to be confrontational but rather a friendly send up of our southern neighbors like the best SNL parody skits. In our Ephesus everyone has high blood pressure and is ready to blow. We like them though because despite all their weird issues they are just people looking for family, for connection, for love even, if it's in all the wrong places. Shakespeare meets nascar culture with a dash of South Park. The action in this play is one of only two plays that Shakespeare wrote that unfolded over the course of a twenty four hour period so I will keep the pace fast.

Character Guide

In this section you will find a brief description of the various character’s roles within the play, as well as see a picture of the actors and actresses who will be playing each role. You may find this helpful to look over to familiarize yourself with the plot and major persons before attending the play.

As You Like It:

Rosalind: Rosalind is the main character of As You Like It. She is the daughter of the usurped monarch and cousin of Celia. Once banished from court she dresses as the male Ganymede in the forest of Arden. As Ganymede she convinces Orlando to woo her as if she was Rosalind. She is simultaneously spunky, witty, and lovesick. Played by Kate Herriot.

Celia: Daughter of the Duchess but loyal to her cousin Rosalind. She willingly joins Rosalind in exile dressed as the lower-class shepherdess Aliena. Played by Jacqueline Block

Olivia: Eldest sister of Orlando. Initially she aligns herself with the Duchess and plots to have Orlando killed, but changes her tune once she is saved by her brother from a lion. She falls in love with the beauteous Aliena.  Played by Jamie Lee Shebelski

Orlando: Youngest child of Sir Rowland de Boys. He feels neglected by his eldest sister Olivia as she keeps him at home without the training worthy of his gentlemanly status. Despite not possessing the training he acts heroically and saves his sister from a lion’s attack. Orlando is the love interest of Rosalind and despite lacking her wit he wins her heart. Played by Aaron Hursh

Jaqueline: Middle child of the de Boys household. She spends much of the play away at school. She arrives in Arden at the end of the play to reveal what has occurred to the Duchess. Played by Jenna Berenbaum

Adam: The elderly devoted servant to the de Boys family. Adam decides to accompany Orlando into exile and uses his modest life savings to help support their escape. Played by Dalton Lightfoot

Phoebe: A shepherdess who disdains love and continually rejects the advances of Silvius. Upon being challenged by Ganymede she falls in love almost instantaneously, completely unaware that Ganymede is a disguised Rosalind. Played by Sarah Bergbusch

Silvius: A Shepherd in love with Phoebe despite her continuous rejections. He goes as far as to help Phoebe in her attempted wooing of Ganymede. Thanks to Rosalind he is able to win Phoebe’s love. Played by Dalton Lightfoot

Touchstone: The bawdy clown of the Duchess’ court. He goes with Celia and Rosalind when they flee to Arden. Touchstone’s speeches drip with innuendos and double meanings. He attempts to marry Audrey in an easily annulled ceremony but is stopped by Jaques. Played by Kenn McLeod

Audrey: A simple goatherd who agrees to marry Touchstone. A poor but honest virgin. Played by Nadia Mori.

Sir Oliver Martext: The vicar that Touchstone uses when he attempts to marry Audrey. Touchstone has selected this vicar because he feels it will be easy to get a marriage that is performed by him annulled. Played by Jenna Berenbaum

Duchess Frederica: The Duchess has usurped the crown from her brother Duke Senior. She banishes Rosalind out of fear of rebellion because Rosalind is well liked by the people. Played by Kristel Harder

Duke Senior: The usurped Duke who now resides in the forest of Arden. He is relatively content with his new-found forest life. Played by Blaine Hart

Jaques: A melancholic man who despises the workings of court. He frequently comments on the actions of other characters within the play with judgement. Played by Kent Allen

Char & Les: Olivia convinces them that Orlando intends to kill them in hopes that they will kill her brother. The duo are powerful wrestlers who are beaten at the hands of Orlando. Played by Jenna Berenbaum and Nadia Mori respectively. 

Corin: A happy and wise old shepherd. He helps Ganymede and Aliena acquire farmland in Arden. Played by Blaine Hart

Le Beau: A courtier in the Court of the Duchess. He informs Celia and Rosalind of the upcoming wrestling bout. He also cautions Orlando to leave Court lest he incur the Duchess’ wrath. Played by Kent Allen

Amiens: A jolly Lord faithful to the Duke and has willingly followed him into exile. She sings to try and cheer the spirits of the melancholic Jaques. She also sings at the behest of the Duke. Played by Sarah Bergbusch.

Seigneur: Another attendant who has followed the Duke into exile. She praises the Duke for his adaptability to country life. Played by Jenna Berenbaum

Hymen: The Goddess of marriage whom Rosalind invokes to perform the quadruple wedding that closes the play. Played by Kristel Harder

The Musician: Opens the play with a sense of whimsy which leads to chaos and carnage. Played by Ben Redant.

 Henchmen: Helps the Duchess overthrow the Duke at the opening of the play. Played by Sarah Bergbusch, Aaron Hursh, Dalton Lightfoot, and Jamie Lee Shebelski

Comedy of Errors:

Aegeon: Father of the Antipholus twins. At the opening of the play he has been sentenced to death as a Syracusan merchant who has unlawfully entered Ephesus. Due to his unfortunate circumstances the Duke offers him a fine rather than execution. Played by Kent Allen

Duke Solinus: Ruler of Ephesus. He shows mercy to Aegeon in his plight. Also acts as judge in the case of the golden chain. Played by Blaine Hart

Antipholus of Syracuse: He is the twin that remained with his father Aegeon during the shipwreck. He has arrived in Ephesus to pay off the fine that his father has incurred. He is quickly mistaken for his twin Antipholus of Ephesus and rejects Adrianna in favour of Luciana. Initially he and Dromio of Syracuse believe the mistaken identity is a result of witches and decide to stay in a land where people will randomly give you gold chains, but they eventually decide to flee the confusion. Played by Aaron Hursh

Antipholus of Ephesus: This twin ended up in Ephesus after the shipwreck. He is upset when he is barred from dinner by his wife Adriana and decides to visit a courtesan whom he promises the chain to. He gets in a fight with Angelo the goldsmith when Angelo comes to collect payment for the golden chain which Antipholus of Ephesus has not received. As a result, he gets arrested and declared mad. Played by Kenn McLeod

Dromio of Syracuse: Twin of Dromio of Ephesus and servant of Antipholus of Syracuse. He was separated from his twin during the same shipwreck that separated the Antipholus twins. He gets beaten by his master after he confuses his twin for him. He is similarly confused to learn he has a kitchen wench who claims to be his wife. Together he and Antipholus of Syracuse attempt to escape the so-called witches. Played by Jenna Berenbaum

Dromio of Ephesus: Servant of Antipholus of Ephesus: Much like his brother he is confused by the mistaken identity hijinks as both Antipholus give him tasks to carry out and he gets in trouble for completing them from the other twin. He is declared mad alongside Antipholus of Ephesus and tied up. Played by Sarah Bergbusch.

Adriana: Wife of Antipholus of Ephesus. She mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband and invites him to dine privately with her. She is irritated by her husband’s unfaithfulness both in his relationship to the courtesan and his perceived affections toward Luciana. She believes her husband has gone mad and seeks the assistance of Doctor Pinch to cure him. Played by Jacqueline Block

Luciana: The unmarried sister of Adriana. She becomes the love interest of Antipholus of Syracuse and is concerned when the man she believes to be her brother-in-law professes his love for her. She suggests her sister seek the Duke’s help in dealing with her mad husband. Played by Kate Herriot

Aemelia: A respected abbess in Ephesus. She takes her vows after losing her husband and twin sons in a tragic shipwreck. Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Syracuse take refuge in her priory. When she uncovers their identities she helps sort out the confusion. Played by Kristel Harder

Angelo: The goldsmith that Antipholus of Ephesus commissions a golden chain from. He mistakenly gives the chain to Antipholus of Syracuse and becomes annoyed that Antipholus of Ephesus claims not to have received it. Played by Dalton Lightfoot

Courtesan: The high-class prostitute that serves Antipholus of Ephesus. She has been promised the golden chain by Antipholus of Ephesus in exchange for one of her rings. She goes to court to receive what she has been promised. Played by Jamie Lee Shebelski

Luce: Maid of Antipholus of Ephesus. She denies Antipholus of Ephesus entrance to dinner as she is already serving it to Antipholus of Syracuse. She is also known as Nell and is the portly wife of Dromio of Ephesus. She is mistaken for a witch by Dromio of Syracuse when she claims to be his wife. Played by Kristel Harder

Doctor Pinch: Pinch is hired by Adriana to cure her husband’s madness. His solution is to exorcize Antipholus of Ephesus by tying him up and placing him in a dark room. Played by Blaine Hart

Balthazar: A local merchant in Ephesus and associate of Antipholus of Ephesus. He is with Antipholus of Ephesus when Antipholus is denied dinner in his own home. Played by Blaine Hart

Gaoler: The jailer that works for Duke Solinus. They help to imprison Aegeon at Solinus’ behest. Played by Nadia Mori.

First Merchant: She warns Antipholus of Syracuse to hide his nationality while in Ephesus lest he be placed under arrest and have his goods confiscated. Played by Jamie Lee Shebelski

Second Merchant: Demands the payment that Angelo owes her. She has Angelo arrested when he cannot pay her because Antipholus of Ephesus did not receive the chain (rather his twin did). Played by Nadia Mori

Messenger /Servant: The Servant warns their mistress Adriana that her husband has escaped his bindings and is vowing to burn her face. Played by Jenna Berenbaum.

First Officer: Imprisons Aegeon at the behest of Duke Solinus. The Officer arrests Antipholus of Ephesus on behalf of Angelo and is put in charge of securing repayment for his debt. Played by Nadia Mori

Second Officer: Arrests Angelo on behalf of the Second Merchant. Essentially a debt collector. Played by Kent Allen.

Accessibility

Currently Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan has two seats available to accommodate wheelchair users per performance. Our current setup has a fine dust courtyard which is navigable for most wheelchair users. This pathway is raked daily to ensure sufficient access, however people in wheelchairs may require assistance in some areas.  Currently if you need to get closer to our site to drop someone off, we ask that you call us a day or two in advance. This is because our staff or our volunteers will be required to meet you near the pathway at the last parking lot to do this safely. We are currently working on making our site more accessible alongside our 2020 renovations.

Emotional Support Animals and Guide Animals are allowed at our shows. If you have any questions or accommodations needed to support your visit please call our box office at 306-652-9100 which opens June 12 or ask a Front of House Manager at the show.

Our 2019 season will feature one ASL performance on a TBA date. Check back for future information. This performance is open to all our patrons but can be especially beneficial for people who are members of the Deaf community or are hard of hearing.

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is not a scent free environment. Individuals with allergies or scent sensitivities may wish to contact the Front of House Staff should the need to move arise.

How to get to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Walking:

We are located along the Meewasin Trail at 948 Spadina Crescent East along the riverbank. We are a mere 15 minute walk along Meewasin Trail from Saskatoon’s historic Bessborough Hotel.

Bussing:

Center Mall: From the Center Mall Terminal it is a short 4 minute walk to the Bus Stop by JYSK. From there you board the number 8 bus and get off 22 stops later at 3rd Avenue and 22nd Street. Our Site can be reached from there by a 15 minute walk to our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East. There are many options to return to Center Mall after the show. One option to get home is to walk 15 minutes to the Downtown Terminal West. Once there you will board either bus 81, 82, or 86. 21 stops later you will get off at the 8th Street Bus stop at Indigo Books.

Midtown Plaza: From the Midtown Plaza take a 2 minute walk to 22nd Street/Auditorium stop and board the 65 to the University via the City Center. Get off at the 9th stop at 25th Street/Spadina and walk for 6 minutes to our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East. There are many different routes you can take to get home. One option is to walk back to 25th Street/Spadina and ride either the 60 or 65 bus. 8 stops later you will get off at 22nd Street/Pacific. From there it is a short 3 minute walk back to Midtown Plaza.

Confederation Mall: From the Confederation Mall it is a quick 2 minute walk to the nearby Superstore on Confederation Drive. From there you can board either the 60 or 65 route bus. 17 stops later you will get off the bus at 25th Street/Spadina. From there it is a 6 minute walk to our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East.

Lawson Heights Mall: You will start your journey by walking to the Lawson Terminal which is a 3 minute walk from the mall. Once you are there you can take either route 12, 30, or 35. You will get off the bus at 3rd Avenue/24th Street. From there it is a 12 minute walk to our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East. Returning home after the show is simple. Simply walk from our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East back to 3rd Avenue/24th Street which should take 12 minutes. There you can board bus 30 or 35 and arrive at the Lawson Terminal. Take a 3 minute walk and you will find yourself back at Lawson Heights Mall.

University Place Riel: Route 6, 60, and 65 all can be used to reach our theatre. After you get off the bus at 25th Street/Spadina and walk for 6 minutes to our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East. To get home after the show walk back to 25th Street/Spadina. Every five minutes a bus will arrive that can take you back to the university Place Riel Terminal. The busses you can take are the 6, 43, 44, 45, 60, or the 65.

Idylwld/33rd Street: From the Idylwld and 33rd stop you can board either bus 7, 30, or 35. Make sure to request a transfer paper when you get on the bus if you are paying with coins rather than a bus pass as you will be taking another bus afterwards. 5 stops later you will get off at 3rd Avenue/23rd Street. From there take a 1 minute walk to Downtown Terminal East 2. From there take bus 5 or 808. 2 stops later get off the bus at 24th Street/6th Avenue. Then take a 6 minute walk to our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East. To return home after the show walk 6 minutes from our location at 948 Spadina Crescent East to 25th Street/Spadina. Once there take bus 4 to the Downtown Terminal North. Once there take the 7 Dundonald Bus. 5 stops later you will get off the bus at 33rd Street/Idylwld.

For additional bus route information go to Google Transit and enter in 948 Spadina Crescent East as your destination.

Parking:

There are a few different places you can park at the festival:

-The City Hospital Staff Parking lot located on Queen Street. Enter where you see our sandwich board sign.

-The two parking lots located next to the Festival Site

-The Kinsmen Park parking lot next to the YWCA building

-The Nutrien Playland parking area

City Hospital's parking lot will be the easiest option for parking, as the lot is available for our patrons after 6:00pm and has enough spots to accommodate most festival patrons. The other three options tend to fill up fast with Nutrien Playland's popularity, so be sure to check City Hospital first before moving on to another option.

 

Our Site

Our 2019 Site will be receiving a face lift in time for our 2020 performances, so now is the time to say goodbye to the old set up in order to pave the way for the new. It can get a bit busy and noisy prior to a show as our lobby area is filled with people ready to see the show. This same noise level is often present during the intermission of the play and after the play is finished. If you are hypersensitive to noise and crowds, you may wish to stay seated during the intermission instead of exiting the theatre and wait a few minutes for the theatre to empty our before leaving. If back pain is an issue we do provide extra cushioning on our seats for all patrons who request it. To get the cushion simply ask one of our ushers as you are guided to your seat. We do request that all patrons remain seated for the duration of the play; however, we do recognize that this is not possible for everyone. If you foresee needing to enter and exit the theatre during the performance we recommend purchasing a ticket in the sections which are located near our amphitheatre exits. Please only exit and enter the amphitheatre from these aisles while the play is in performance. Additionally, each performance contains an intermission. During this time we highly encourage patrons to get up and leave the amphitheater as needed.

Washrooms:

The bathrooms at Kinsmen Park are just across the Meewasin Pathway from our main courtyard area.

Refreshments: We have food and drink available for sale as well as Shakespeare themed merchandise such as t-shirts designed by Good Tickle Brain and paper fans. We accept payments in cash, credit, or debit. Refreshments can be found at our very own Sir Toby’s Tavern located directly across from our main tent. Sir Toby’s tavern is open to playgoers and passersby alike. You don’t need a play ticket to enjoy the tavern. Sir Toby’s opens at 5pm and closes after our mainstage intermission. Sir Toby’s Tavern serves both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as traditional concession style snack foods all from Black Bridge Brewery, Crossmount Cider, Jerry’s Food Emporium, Colony’s Coffee, and Nestor’s Bakery.

Next to Sir Toby’s Tavern is a shaded seating area which is wheelchair accessible. We recommend taking some time to relax here and enjoy the stupendous river view. Boryski’s Butcher Shop also has a food truck on site which sells full meals for around $10. Here is a link to the menu for the food truck if you would like to plan your meal ahead. They even offer vegan snacks! The other merchandise is available at the stand in our outdoor plaza area.

Community Series

Our Community Series hosts fantastic and free entertainment that runs most nights of our festival. These performances are open to playgoers and the general public. Performances are 12:15pm-12:45pm for our matinees and 6:45pm-7:15pm for our evening performances. Entertainment ranges from dance, musical performances, magic shows, literary readings, cultural events etc. For up to date information on our Community Stage and its program check out the link here. As always patrons with questions or concerns are encouraged to call ahead to find out more about these performances.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE

  • Vic DuboisChair
  • Carlynn BlockVice-Chair
  • Colin TaylorTreasurer
  • Dawn MannSecretary

MEMBERS AT LARGE

  • Sheldon Born
  • James Davie
  • Julia Ewing
  • Leslie Fenyes
  • Della Marshall
  • Corinne McKay
  • Peter Robinson

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