Bard in the Barracks’ productions of The Comedy of Errors in Barracks Square and Richard III in Odell Park are set to take over Fredericton in two short weeks! Ticket information and full details on the shows is now on our website (www.bardinthebarracks.com) so you can find out everything you need to know about Bard in the Barracks 2017!
We’re not sure why they all look so happy, but these are the smiling, happy folks who will be performing Shakespeare’s distinctly dark and violent tragedy Richard III in Odell Park as part of Bard in the Barracks’ special Canada 150 twin-bill this year. Performances of Richard III will run June 25-July 9, with full performance and ticket details to be announced soon!
Company members pictured (standing L-R): Alex McAllister, Elizabeth Goodyear, Kira Chisholm, John Ball, Sharisse LeBrun, Jean-Michel Cliche (fight director), Melissa McMichael, Alex Rioux, Alex Fullerton, Robbie Lynn, Alex Pannier, Jack Ball, Dani Brun, Miguel Roy, Lucas Gutierrez-Robert, Aaron Ellis, Tilly Jackson, Lucas Tapley; (kneeling L-R): Telina Debly, Kat Hall, Amelia Hay; (missing: Lee Thomas).
Richard III: Cast list
Richard, Duke of York Miguel Roy
George, Duke of Clarence Alex McAllister
King Edward IV Alex Rioux
The Queen Melissa McMichael
Lord Rivers Jack Ball
Marquis Dorset Lucas Tapley
Edward, Prince of Wales Telina Debly
Richard, the young Duke of York Lee Thomas
Lady Anne Kira Chisholm
Queen Margaret Elizabeth Goodyear
William Lord Hastings Aaron Ellis
The Duke of Buckingham Robbie Lynn
Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby John Ball
The Earl of Richmond Alex Pannier
Catesby Sharisse LeBrun
Sir Richard Ratcliffe Alex Rioux
Sir Robert Brackenbury Alex Fullerton
Executioner One Kat Hall
Executioner Two Lucas Gutierrez-Robert
Citizens Tilly Jackson, Amelia Hay, Alex Pannier
The Lord Mayor of London Jack Ball
The Bishop of Ely Alex Fullerton
A Page in Richard’s court Amelia Hay
Tyrell Dani Brun
Sir Christopher Aaron Ellis
Blunt Amelia Hay
Duke of Norfolk Alex McAllister
with many other roles played by members of the company
Meet the talented group of actors who will be bringing Shakespeare’s hilarious, multiple-identical-twin, mistaken-identity Comedy of Errors to Fredericton audiences this summer! Pictured above (standing, L-R): Scott Harris, John Ball, Elizabeth Goodyear, Amelia Hay, Aaron Ellis, Alex Pannier, Dillon Matchett, Alex Rioux, Tilly Jackson, Jack Ball, Telina Debly, Lee Thomas; (kneeling L-R): Kat Hall, Dani Brun, Lucas Gutierrez-Robert, Lucas Tapley.
The Comedy of Errors: Cast
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus Aaron Ellis
Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse John Ball
Antipholus of Ephesus Dillon Matchett
Antipholus of Syracuse Alex Pannier
Dromio of Ephesus Lucas Gutierrez-Robert
Dromio of Syracuse Dani Brun
Adriana, wife of Antipholus of Ephesus Tilly Jackson
Luciana, her sister Amelia Hay
First Merchant Scott Harris
Balthasar, a merchant Kat Hall
Angelo, a goldsmith Jack Ball
A Courtesan Kat Hall
Doctor Pinch, an exorcist Scott Harris
Second Merchant Alex Rioux
Emilia, an Abbess at Ephesus Elizabeth Goodyear
Officers Lee Thomas, Telina Debly, Lucas Tapley
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 506 458-7406.
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!
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.