Brush up your Shakespeare

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An invitation from Garry Davey

Hey there all you thespians and adventurers!

Gabriola Players
is offering you another chance to brush up your Shakespeare with our Bard in the Garden project, led by yours truly.  We will be performing three al fresco staged readings of Shakespeare’s comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost, at the Commons on July 5, 6 and 7.  (This will be our fourth Bard in the Garden, after previously staging  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It to rave reviews)

Our first meet and greet will be at the Rollo Centre on Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm, and we’ll be starting to work on the script right away.  There are a lot of characters, some roles may be doubled, but there are several good parts for women and for men, and several that could be played by either.  All are welcome, no previous experience required.


Please keep in mind that you will be expected to make a commitment to the project, which means being available for rehearsals throughout the month of June on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  Initially not every actor will be required to be present at every rehearsal, and we’ll do our best to work around conflicts as much as possible, but once we hit the final week or two, it’ll be crucial to be available. We’ll discuss this further at our first meeting on May 28.  And we’ll do our best to accommodate everyone!

No memorization!  In case your memory ain’t what it used to be, don’t worry! We will not have to learn lines, as we’re doing a staged reading type of performance with book in hand.  However, we will be striving to make clear just what the heck we’re saying. Fortunately, Shakespeare isn’t as tough as you think, and we’ll emphasize working on the text, and keeping the blocking as simple as possible.

Bring your reading glasses and a pencil!   And your sense of fun and adventure.

After all it’s a play, and it’s written by the best playwright ever!  Hope to see you there!



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