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.
Open auditions will be held for the Bard in the Barracks production of William Shakespeare’s Pericles on April 28 and May 1 at Memorial Hall on the UNB campus.
The Adventures of Pericles, the eleventh annual production of Bard in the Barracks, will be performed outdoors (previous Bard productions have taken place in Odell Park and Barracks Square, downtown Fredericton). The play will run June 22-July 3 and will be directed by Len Falkenstein. The production will be rehearsed intensively (mainly evening hours) beginning the week of May 8.
Auditions are open to the public and roles are available for male and female actors of a variety of ages. Auditions will take place from 7:30-10:00 PM Thursday, April 28 and Sunday, May 1, with callbacks from 7:30-10:00 on Tuesday, May 3. Those auditioning are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the play beforehand. Auditions will consist of readings from the play. Prepared monologues may also be performed, but are not required. Appointments are not necessary, but those attending should arrive by early in the evening and be prepared to be on hand for most of the evening, depending on turnout. Training in any of music, dance, or athletics would be considered an asset for the production.
Anyone interested in auditioning who is unable to attend on either the 28th or 1st, or anyone requesting further information, should contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 458-7406. Expressions of interest from persons who would like to assist with the technical demands of the production (stage management, wardrobe, set, publicity) are also welcome.
Announcing The Adventures of Pericles
Bard in the Barracks is excited to announce that our production for summer 2016 will be The Adventures of Pericles. Haven’t heard of Pericles? Well, after this summer, it just may become one of your favorite Shakespeare plays!
Pericles is a swashbuckling tale of travel, romance, and magic,
bursting with drama, comedy, and adventure. The play centres on the title character, Prince of the ancient Mediterranean kingdom of Tyre, who, much in the fashion of the Greek hero Odysseus, travels by sea to a number of exotic foreign lands, encountering both triumphs and heartbreak along the way.
Pericles cheats death multiple times, rescues a destitute kingdom, wins the hand of a beautiful princess, and then loses all through a series of calamities that test him severely. Along the way to its ultimately joyous resolution, the play is filled with a cast of colorful characters that include fearsome assassins, treacherous rulers, sorcerers, pirates, goddesses, and the comically low-life denizens of a depraved red light district.
Pending official approval from Fredericton City Council, The Adventures of Pericles will be performed in Odell Park from June 22nd through July 3rd, 2016. As with past Bard in the Barracks productions, you, the audience, will be part of the play, immersed in the action and travelling throughout the park on the tempest-tossed journeys of Pericles, experiencing firsthand the play’s many wild delights: from sea battles to shipwrecks, jousting tournaments to dark and unholy rites. Music will be a big part of the show, with a thrilling live score created by the company a vital part of the storytelling, along with puppetry and other innovative theatrical touches. As always, our forest setting will play an intricate part in the drama, with many scenes set around areas of the park that have been stunningly altered by post-Tropical Storm Arthur.
It’s going to be quite a wild ride, and you won’t want to miss it! Keep watching our website throughout the spring for further updates on the play, and plans for our auditions (happening in early May).
Tomorrow, Thursday March 17, we will be announcing our plans for summer 2016 via a livestream on Twitter at noon, with full details appearing here on our site immediately thereafter. So follow us @BardBarracks and join us then … you might even win some tickets to whatever great stuff we’ve got up our sleeves… What’s it going to be? Any guesses? We’ll talk soon….!