Jesse LaPointe couldn’t be happier to be back with Bard in the Barracks for his fourth year as part of The Adventures of Pericles. Coming off performances as Laertes in Hamlet and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Jesse is excited to share a lesser-known play with audiences who are eager to be taken on a true adventure. Jesse will be taking on several roles in the production this year and is happy to be stretching his acting muscles with plenty of interesting characters. Among them, he will be playing the part of Cerimon, a charitable physician with eccentric tastes who is at the centre of one of the play’s most exciting and pivotal scenes, one of the most breathtaking (literally…) moments in all of Shakespeare’s plays.
Alexa Higgins is thrilled to be playing the role of Marina in Bard in the Barracks’ upcoming show, The Adventures of Pericles. Separated from her mother Thaisa and her father Pericles in a terrible storm, Marina, on whom the second half of the play centres, grows up a virtual orphan, buffeted around the world by the winds of change, and the occasional pirate. We watch Marina get tossed headlong into one dangerous situation after another, but with a unique determination to see the good in everyone, a lot of faith, and some very smooth talking, she navigates the choppy waters on her own. Alexa is honoured to be playing such a fascinating character, and to work with such a fine Fredericton company this summer!
Jean-Michel Cliche is thrilled and honoured to be playing Pericles in this summer’s Bard in the Barracks production. As one of Shakespeare’s lesser known heroes, he sees this as a unique opportunity to bring this character to new audiences. “Pericles is unlike what folks have come to expect in a Shakespearean protagonist. He doesn’t plot. He doesn’t brood. He’s excited by the world and hungry to explore it. He’s an adventurer, which turns the typical political drama into a fantastical journey (more ‘Hobbit’ than Hamlet). The adventure itself is massive and powerful, acting almost like the antagonist to the story. Characters are constantly at the mercy of the elements or misfortune, like a ship at sea being buffeted by the waves. Luckily, we have an amazingly talented cast and crew to navigate our vessel through these harsh waters and explore the amazing world of ‘The Adventures of Pericles.’ We are very excited to share this wonderful journey with audiences this summer.”
The group of actors and musicians who will be bringing our production of The Adventures of Pericles to life for Fredericton audiences from June 22-July 3 assembled for the first time last night. A reading of the play was followed by lively discussion of the unique staging and approach we’ll be taking to the play. Suffice to say we’ve got some pretty thrilling and magical tricks up our sleeve for this wonderfully wild and rarely seen classic adventure story! Stay tuned for further updates!
This year’s company features a mix of Bard veterans and many new faces. Look for them around town, maybe with a sailing ship in tow..
L-R: Alexa Higgins, Dillon Matchett, Kyle Cameron, Alex Donovan, Barry McCluskey, Jean-Michel Cliche, Kelsey Hines, Alex Rioux, Tilly Jackson, Amelia Hay, Rebekah Chassé, John Ball. Kneeling: Ian Goff, Novera Choudhury. Missing: Jesse LaPointe, Elizabeth Goodyear, Melissa McMichael, Lucas Gutierrez-Robert.