The Comedy of Errors and Richard III

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Auditions for Bard in the Barracks productions to take place April 21 & 23

Open auditions will be held for the Bard in the Barracks productions of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Richard III on April 21st and 23rd at Memorial Hall on the UNB campus. The plays will be performed outdoors (in Barracks Square and Odell Park respectively) and will collectively run from June 22-July 9. (While exact performance dates for each play are still to be determined, The Comedy of Errors is likely to conclude by July 3.) The plays will be directed by Len Falkenstein, and will be rehearsed intensively (mainly evening hours) beginning the week of April 23.

Roles are available for actors of a variety of ages. Auditions will take place from 7:00-9:30 PM on Friday, April 21st and from 1:30-4:00 PM on Sunday, April 23rd, with callbacks from 6:30-8:30 on Monday, April 24. Those auditioning are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the plays beforehand. Auditions will consist of readings from the plays. Prepared monologues may also be performed, but are not required.

To book an audition, please email lfalken@unb.ca, indicating your availability for the audition dates and any preference for date/time. Actors may be cast in one or both plays (if willing) at the discretion of the director, but may indicate a preference of play (if any) when booking their audition.

Anyone interested in auditioning who is unable to attend either of the audition dates, or anyone requesting further information, should contact the director at lfalken@unb.ca or 506 458-7406. Expressions of interest from persons who would like to assist with the productions in a musical or technical/crew capacity are also welcome.

Bard in the Barracks’ Twelfth Season to feature The Comedy of Errors and Richard III, June 22-July 9

Bard in the Barracks is going all out for Canada 150 this summer by mounting our most ambitious season ever! Twos (and threes) will be wild as we will be staging not one but TWO brand new productions of a pair of the Bard’s best-loved works. Together, the plays will span the days leading up to and following Canada Day, running from June 22nd to July 9th, in two different locations, and offering audiences a combination of two vastly different show experiences.

Fans of Shakespearean comedy will have their funny bones tickled by The Comedy of Errors, which will be performed in Barracks Square June 22-29. A high-spirited farce, the play depicts the chaos that results when two pairs of long-separated identical twins unknowingly find themselves in the same city, leading cases of mistaken identity to spiral out of control and threatening dangerous consequences.

Action will then shift to Odell Park for the dark historical tragedy of Richard III, set to run June 30-July 9. The story of the infamous monarch whose skill at treachery and murder propelled him briefly and uneasily to the English throne will be staged in our trademark promenade style, which sees the audience follow the action between different locations in the park. Dark dealings, murderous shrieks, and ghostly apparitions will fill the darkest corners of the forest as you witness the tale of a politician who uses brash charisma and underhanded tactics to overcome long odds and the handicaps of his personal repulsiveness to attain the highest office in the land. Not that anything like that has ever happened recently, right…?

It’s going to be an exciting summer! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for full details regarding the shows, performance schedules, and ticket sales.

Open auditions for the plays will take place April 21 and 23, with details to be posted here in the next 48 hours.

For more information, email lfalken@unb.ca or phone 506 458-7406.

We’re making a big announcement on Thursday!

If you’ve been wondering what Bard in the Barracks has planned for 2017, we’ve got some exciting news to share with you. Join us live on Twitter at noon on Thursday, April 13, where we’ll be announcing our season and offering some lucky audience members a chance to win some tickets! (You can watch our website and Facebook pages for the news as well.) Spread the word!

“Thanks to all; all have done well.”

So says good King Simonides to the assembled knights after they tourney for the love of his daughter, Thaisa. And it is what we say as we bid adieu with a somewhat heavy heart to the wonderful experience that was Pericles. Over the last two weeks, Odell Park witnessed many wonders. Men, and skulls, fell from trees. Hot air balloons and airplanes came in for landings. A dead woman was brought back to life nightly. Three different ships set sail through the park. A full-fledged lumberjack contest ended in a raucous feast. We ran a working bar for audience members at a brothel (not working..) in the woods. The forest was filled with the sounds of Maritime jigs mingled with classical South Asian song, rousing sea shanties, and other strange sounds that must have made other park visitors and neighbors for blocks around equally puzzled and delighted.

Thanks to all who helped make the production possible, our sponsors Picaroons Traditional Ales, UNB, the City of Fredericton, Downtown Fredericton Inc., Valley Graphics, and the Daily Gleaner. Thanks also to the King Street Ale House and Tim Hortons.

Most of all, thanks to all of you in our audiences who were brave enough to go on this wild adventure with us, and take a chance on the hope that a Shakespeare play you’d never heard of could be just as good as all those famous ones. We hope you weren’t disappointed (and from what we heard and saw, you weren’t…). We thank you from the bottom of our muddy, DEET-infused hearts, and can’t wait to perform for you next year.

And now, for many of us, new adventures await in the form of this summer’s NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. We hope to see you again in a few weeks’ time.

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Pericles sails for the FINAL TIME tonight!

Pericles will thwart the wayward seas for the last time tonight, and then we’ll all be waving him goodbye. If you’ve been putting off coming to see the show, tonight’s your LAST CHANCE! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience, filled with adventure, drama, romance, heavenly music, and the sights, sounds, and smells of beautiful Odell Park! We’ve had nothing but rave reviews so far, so come to Odell Park by 7:30 to join the hundreds of others who have been swept away byPericlesWEB230 our wild and thrilling adventure in the woods!

Show’s on for tonight!

Assuming the weather gods have done their worst for the day and the forecast does not change for tonight, conditions are looking fine, the lords of Tyre are not spotting any more storms from their lofty perch, and Pericles will Adventure again tonight! You might want to bring something to sit on damp ground, though, and shoes that can handle some mud are always a good idea for our shows.

Tonight’s our second last show, so don’t miss your chance to catch this amazing immersive adventure. We think you’ll love it just as much as our crowds have been our whole run!PericlesWEB137

Canada Day Tickets 2 for 1!

To celebrate Canada Day, we’re offering a special flash deal on tickets for The Adventures of Pericles, with all tickets 2 for 1 for our PericlesWEB132.jpgFriday, July 1st show only! So bring a friend (or 4, or 6) and save big on the show that keeps winning all kinds of accolades from delighted audiences. Sounds like something to dance about! The weather’s going to be great, and now you can spend that money on that extra corn dog downtown before wandering over to Odell Park!

2 for 1 deal will be applied on tickets sold at the door. Those who have already purchased tickets for tonight in advance will see the appropriate refund applied on arrival at the box office.