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Archive for 2011

King Lear Trailer!

More fantastic work from the master, Chris Giles!


More photos!

Regan decides to do away with the King of France in Act I.i, irreparably altering the plot of the show.

 

Our photo album on facebook has just been updated! Check it out by clicking on the picture of Regan and the King of France, and get a peek into some moments before and during the show.


The show must go on!

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King Lear is upon us!

KING LEAR

Bard in the Barracks presents the second show of our 2011 season, the play that many consider Shakespeare’s greatest accomplishment, King Lear. A dark fairy tale about a kingdom that descends into chaos through the unwise choices of its ruler, King Lear stars Bard veteran John Ball in the title role. Returning to the concept that proved so popular with audiences for our last two shows, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear will unfold at several different locations in the park, with audience members led from scene to scene. Notably, however, this year’s action is concentrated mainly in a single area of the park, meaning walking distances will be short and the terrain quite easy to traverse. With the play finishing after sunset, all of the suspense, excitement, and pathos of Shakespeare’s most profound tragedy will reach its conclusion under the stars in a stunning torchlit finale.

Read on for full show details below!

Show dates and time: June 23-July 3 (except no show Monday, June 27), 7:30 PM nightly. Patrons should arrive at the park by 7:15 to allow time to make it to the play’s starting point. Good walking shoes, warm clothing, and a blanket or cushion to sit on are recommended.

Tickets: Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Westminster Books, 455 King Street. Ticket prices are $15 regular, $12 for Seniors, $10 for Students (valid student i.d. required). Children 10 and under are free. Tuesday, June 28 tickets 2 for 1 (available at the door only). Ticket purchases at the door (by main parking lot, Rookwood entrance) by cash only. Advance tickets must be purchased for a specific performance. Audience numbers will be capped should we reach a judged maximum capacity, but our scene locations this year offer generous space for seating. For information on ticket availability, email nbacts@unb.ca or phone 458-7406 during our regular box office hours (12:30-4:30).

Advance tickets purchased for rained-out performances can be used for subsequent shows or returned to point of purchase for refund. If rain forces the cancellation of a performance already in progress, audience members can use their ticket stub for free admittance to a subsequent performance, or can opt for a ticket refund if the stoppage occurs prior to intermission (two thirds of the way through the show). For more on our weather policy, see below.

What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes; clothing that is appropriate for all weather possibilities and suitable for sitting on the ground. Dress in layers: though days may be warm, evenings can still be cool.

What to Bring: Raincoat and hat if threat of rain; a blanket, cushion, or small lightweight camp stool to sit on. For most of the play, audience will be seated on the ground in a grassy area.

What not to Bring: Unless you experience limited mobility, we prefer that you not bring a lawnchair to the show. Even the lightweight, foldable kind will be cumbersome to carry from scene to scene, and with frequent shifts in location of the action those in chairs will inevitably obstruct the view of fellow audience members. Your dog. You love him; we probably would too. But audience members will be at close quarters, and for the safety and comfort of all involved, we ask you to leave Fido at home. Your bike. Please lock it at the rack by the parking lot!

Where to Find Us: For the information of our out of town visitors, the main entrance to Odell Park is located at the corner of Waggoner’s Lane and Rookwood Drive, just west of the major intersection of Dundonald and Smythe Streets, with our box office located at the top of the main parking lot.

Food at the Park: Bard in the Barracks operates a concession stand that will sell a variety of snacks and hot and cold drinks before the show and at intermission. With no electricity at the park our offerings are limited, however. Show-goers who are pressed for time can pick up a variety of take-away meals at the Atlantic Superstore, located just down the street from the park entrance. Tingley’s, near the corner of Smythe and Dundonald Streets, also houses a Quizno’s Subs outlet.

Our rainy weather policy and procedures: Every effort will be made to avoid cancelling the show. We cancel performances very rarely, and only in case of sustained heavy rain or threat of thunderstorms at show time. Because we try to avoid cancellations, decisions on whether to proceed with the show will sometimes not be made until very close to show time. The play will go ahead in case of light rain/drizzle, so audience members are encouraged to dress appropriately. For updates on show status, please call the hotline (506) 471-6956, or follow us on Twitter.

In the event of rain on the final weekend of the show (Saturday July 2 and/or Sunday July 3), an additional performance may be added to the run on Monday, July 4. Check this site for updates. Better yet, come see the show early on to avoid final weekend rainout heartbreak!

Patrons should note that the play contains scenes of violence that may be disturbing to younger viewers.

Questions? Contact us at (506) 458-7406 or nbacts@unb.ca.
Bard Artistic Director Len Falkenstein can be reached at lfalken@unb.ca.


Macbeth Trailer Released!

Hey Bardfans!

Check out the new trailer for this Macbeth, opening this weekend in a park near you!

Thanks to Chris Giles for filming and editing this video.


By Popular Demand, Mac is Back!

Macbeth and King Lear featured in Bard in the Barracks’ 2011 Season

Bard in the Barracks’ exciting 2011 season will see the company stage two productions for the first time. A remount of the company’s hit 2010 production of Macbeth in Odell Park will be staged May 28-June 2, in conjunction with Fredericton’s hosting of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities.  Macbeth will be one of the Congress’s featured cultural events, with the show open to conference delegates and members of the general public alike. Later in the summer, our new production of King Lear, the play that many consider Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, will take over Odell Park from June 23 to July 3.

Our 2011 production of Macbeth will be an updated, bigger and better reboot of the show that wowed audiences and drew sellout crowds last year, with an expanded cast, an updated look, and new locations. Set in a dystopian, newly primitive Scotland, the play is a mobile, site-specific production that unfolds at a number of spectacular locations in the park, with audience members led on a torchlit hike from scene to scene through the witch-haunted woods. As night descends and the witching hour approaches, Bard in the Barracks will thrill with supernatural doings and ghostly visitations, live music and epic battle scenes, all performed mere inches from the audience in one of the most unique and spine-tingling stagings you are ever likely to see.

Read on for full Macbeth show details below!

Show dates and time: May 28-June 2, 7:30 PM nightly. Patrons should arrive at the park by 7:15 to allow time to make it to the play’s starting point. Good walking shoes (waterproof if you have them) and warm clothing are recommended.

Tickets: Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.regonline.com/macbeth at a price of $14.50 regular and $10.50 for students. All online purchases carry a service charge of $3.50 per booking (not per ticket). Seating for the play is limited and many of the shows in last year’s run sold out, so advance tickets are recommended. Advance tickets can be purchased for performances up to the day before the show. Any remaining tickets will be sold on the day of the performance as same-day rush tickets at our box office at Odell Park, beginning at 6:30 PM. Rush tickets will be sold for $14 regular, $10 for students (cash sales only). For information on ticket availability, email nbacts@unb.ca or phone 458-7406 during our regular box office hours (12:30-4:30).

Some other important notes about tickets: advance ticket holders will need to present a printed receipt for their online purchase at the box office for entry to the show. Congress participants who don’t have access to a printer can still get into the show, but will need to present identification. Anyone who purchases student tickets will need to present valid student i.d. for entrance to the show. Finally, if any performances are cancelled due to rain (see below), holders of advance tickets can rebook for another performance and request that an online refund for the rained-out show be processed by emailing nbacts@unb.ca before June 4.

How to get to Odell Park: For the information of our out of town visitors, Odell Park is located approximately 30 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by car or taxi west from the UNB/STU campuses. From the base of campus, turn left and follow Beaverbrook Street as it becomes Dundonald Street and then Waggoner’s Lane.  The entrance to the park is at the corner of Waggoner’s Lane and Rookwood Drive, just past the major intersection of Dundonald and Smythe Streets, with our box office located at the top of the main parking lot. Congress participants can also hop on the 6:45 shuttle bus leaving the Student Union Building bound for the Delta Fredericton Hotel. From the Delta, the park is a 5-10 minute walk south along Rookwood Drive.

Food at the Park: Bard in the Barracks operates a concession stand that will sell a variety of snacks and hot and cold drinks before the show and at intermission. With no electricity at the park our offerings are limited, however, and patrons looking for a full meal will not find any restaurants at the park or in the immediate vicinity. Show-goers who are pressed for time can pick up a variety of take-away meals at the Atlantic Superstore, located just across the street from the park entrance. Tingley’s, near the corner of Smythe and Dundonald Streets, also houses a Quizno’s Subs outlet.

What to Wear: Sturdy and comfortable walking shoes; clothing that is appropriate for all weather possibilities and suitable for hiking and sitting on the ground. Warm clothing is recommended: though days may be warm, evenings can still be cool, especially under the forest canopy.

What not to Wear: Flipflops, high heels, your finest business or club attire.

What to Bring: Raincoat and hat if threat of rain; a blanket or small lightweight camp stool to sit on. Most of the play is best viewed on foot or sitting on the ground.

What not to Bring: Lawnchairs, even the lightweight, foldable kind, will be cumbersome to carry from scene to scene, will not be practical in many locations,and will obstruct the view of fellow audience members. Your dog. You love him; we probably would too. But audience members will be at close quarters and for the safety and comfort of all involved, we ask you to leave Fido at home.

Our rainy weather policy and procedures: Every effort will be made to avoid cancelling the show. We cancel performances very rarely, and only in case of sustained heavy rain or threat of thunderstorms at show time. Because we try to avoid cancellations, decisions on whether to proceed with the show will sometimes not be made until very close to show time. The play will proceed in case of light rain/drizzle, so audience members are encouraged to dress appropriately. For updates on show status, please visit the website or call 458-7406.

If one or more performances are rained out, additional performance(s) may be added to the run. Check our website for updates.

Questions? Contact us at (506) 458-7406 or nbacts@unb.ca. Bard Artistic Director Len Falkenstein can be reach at lfalken@unb.ca.


Auditions for Bard in the Barracks’ 2011 Season

Bard in the Barracks’ 2011 season will feature two productions: a remount of the company’s 2010 production of Macbeth and a new production of King Lear. Auditions for both plays will be held on April 26 and 27, with all roles in King Lear and a small number of roles in Macbeth available.

Macbeth will run May 28-June 2 and King Lear will run June 23-July 3, both in Odell Park in downtown Fredericton. The plays will be directed by Len Falkenstein and will be rehearsed intensively (mainly evening and weekend hours) beginning the week of May 1.

Auditions are open to the public and roles are available for male and female actors of a variety of ages. Auditions will take place at Memorial Hall, UNB from 7:30-10:00 PM Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27, with callbacks from 8:00-10:00 PM on Friday, April 29. Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the play(s) beforehand. Auditions will consist of readings from the plays. Appointments are not necessary, but those auditioning should be prepared to be on hand for most of the evening, depending on turnout.

Anyone interested in auditioning who is unable to attend on these dates, or anyone requesting further information, should contact the director at lfalken@unb.ca or 458-7406, or visit Bard in the Barracks at https://bardinthebarracks.wordpress.com. Enquiries from persons who may be interested in assisting with the technical demands of the production (stage management, wardrobe, set, props, publicity) are also welcome. Members of the company receive honorariums for work on the shows.