• 17Sep

    As a Sizzling 2017 comes to an end, we plan for an even better 2018…with puppets!?!

    By: Will Brooks
    Category: In the News

    On the last evening of the festival, Artistic Producer Will Brooks shared with the assembled audience, volunteers, company of actors and our creative team our plans for our 34th Season on the South Saskatchewan Riverbank! 

    First and foremost, we would like to thank our incredible staff, acting company, creative team, volunteers, sponsors, funders, donors and especially audience members who made our 2017 season another successful and memorable eight weeks of theatre, dance and community events in the heart of Saskatoon.  In 2018 we plan delight and potentially disturb our audiences with three plays that are sure to engage our audiences in new ways.

    Our comedy in 2018 will be the lavish and witty Merry Wives of Windsor with a full cast of 14 actors to take this production to a new level never experienced in Saskatoon!  This cast of 14 will then be split between not one but two epic tragedies that dwell on family ties, revenge and blood…so much blood!  The main stage tragedy will be Hamlet and feature tight cast of 9 actors who will bring a sharp edge to perhaps the Bard’s most popular tragedy.  And finally the remaining 5 multi-talented performers will embark on a less familiar production that this company has never produced in the summer, in a style we have never performed in.  Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s first and most violent tragedy, will be performed in a new special intimate tent with puppets!  Dismemberment, disembowelment and cannibalism will all be part of a wonderfully creative venture with Saskatoon’s puppet experts Crispi Lord and Kristi Friday of Stumped Productions.  There will actually be 6 puppeteers for Titus as Kristi Friday will join the cast as a lead puppeteer and choreographer.

    We will bring back drama camps for pre-teens and teens held right on our riverside site, and led by members of our acting company.  And again in the off-season there will be efforts to visit schools and bring the live Shakespeare experience to classrooms who want that little something extra.  We continue to introduce the unique experience of festival performance to the next generation of Shakespearean actors!

    We are also pleased to share that after testing out a ‘site flip’ this season and consulting our audience about site re-development, we are continuing plans to move ahead to build permanent structures at our current location!  Our stakeholders are excited about a festival that is more efficient and further committed to its artform, and a new accessible site that has all the conveniences our company and audience needs plus year-round access for the public and community partners.  Join our mailing list and stay tuned for future developments.

    We once again had a fantastic closing day and evening at the festival.  After another sold out matinee of Twelfth Night we had our annual volunteer and staff appreciation BBQ.  We could not have success without our dedicated family of over 150 of the festival’s most important supporters.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  And a big thank you to Boryski’s Butcher Block for the BBQ and delicious burgers!  We also once again enjoyed the new tradition of announcing our season at the closing night party, to celebrate this with our audience, staff, volunteers, actors and creative team as we toast the end to another great summer.  It made for some great late night conversations about the off-season and who we might see in the fall pitching their ideas or bringing us their best in the general auditions.

    Thank you again for a great summer, and we will see you again in 2018!


    Will Brooks

    Artistic Producer  

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