Stratford Festival – SceneNotes: Familiar Faces at SpringWorks 2013 Stratford and Perth County’s indie theatre and ARTS Festival features actors from this and other stratford festival seasons


The third annual SpringWorks indie theatre and arts festival is almost here! Created by Hermione Presents, the multi-disciplinary festival runs from May 9 to 19 and will feature more than 100 performing and visual artists in more than 50 events, from fully staged plays to dramatic readings to award-winning dance and late-night musical cabarets.

SpringWorks is programmed so that audience scan attend Stratford Festival matinées or evening performances and still have time to enjoy a wide selection of its own eclectic offerings. Its fringe-style schedule offers one-hour performances at a variety of times and locations, and includes children’s programming, dinner-and-show packages with the Church Restaurant, art exhibitions across Perth County and much more.
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Chilina Kennedy, Marion Adler among artists featured
This year numerous Stratford Festival artists – from this and previous seasons – are performing at SpringWorks, including

  • Marion AdlerWith many Stratford Festival seasons to her credit, Marion presents Forgiving Peter Pan, her one-woman adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story. The show is directed by Scott Wentworth, this year’s Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Anna Atkinson: The Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof will share her singing and multi-instrumental talents in her Late Night Cabaret. Performing with her are George Meanwell, Ian Harper, Michael McClennan and Graham Hargrove.
  • Shane CartyAshleigh HenryBarb Barsky and Brigit Wilson: All will appear in On the Other Side of the World, a play inspired by the 30,000 Jewish people who, shortly before the Second World War, fled Europe to the only open port available to them – Shanghai. (The 6 p.m. performance on Monday, May 13, follows a matinée of Fiddler.)
  • Barbara Dunn-ProsserDebora Joy and Janet Martin: These three soprano friends, all members of past Festival seasons, present their musical revue Three Little Maids, recalling the course of their performing careers in a potpourri of classical, musical theatre and popular songs.
  • Chilina Kennedy: Chilina presents What You Find in a Bottle, a celebration of seven years of original folk songwriting by the Broadway and Stratford Festival star, with special guest Melissa O’Neil.
  • Roy Lewis: His new play, The Blue God, is “a romance of Painting, Love, Voodoo and Resurrection,” and is being read by Stratford Festival company members Bethany Jillard, Michael Blake, Sam Moses, Sarah Afful, Nehassaiu deGannes, Luke Humphrey and Tyrone Savage, with recent company member Xuan Fraser.
  • Brad Rudy: Currently in Fiddler and Romeo and Juliet, Brad is being joined by past Festival members Christina Gordon, Marion Day and Eileen Smith and past musical director Alan Laing in Festival Gems II – a collection of music and text from new works commissioned for the Stratford Festival over its illustrious history.

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These Festival faces and others join actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists who have taken their work to venues across the country in a bountiful showcase of our nation’s established and emerging talents. From cabaret to new dance works to a passionate play about hope, fear and pigs, the festival offers something for every arts lover. A full list of events is available online.

Thematic ties to the Stratford Festival
The Stratford Festival’s season theme of “the outsider” resonates through some of SpringWorks’ cross-cultural and diversity programming, which is part of the festival’s commitment to “sharing stories that need to be told and helping to assure all our voices can be heard.” These complementary productions include two works by award-winning Canadian playwrights: Alison Wearing’s Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s Salome’s Clothes.

There’s something (new) for everyone!
SpringWorks has been programmed for audiences of every age. For families and school groups, the festival will be offering workshops, sets of play presentations for secondary schools and upbeat musical performances. Meanwhile, the general public will enjoy new programming that includes free Coffeehouse Poetry Readings at Revel Caffe and art exhibitions at Gallery 96, the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus, the Art Salon Group of St. Marys and the North Perth Arts and Culture Council in Listowel.

With so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay for the entire 10 days – taking in as many Stratford Festival performances, Forum events and SpringWorks shows as you can! See all your favourite performers, experience something new and discover the feeling of being completely immersed in the arts.

Affordable, accessible and adventurous, SpringWorks offers tickets for just $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. To order, and to find up-to-date information and schedules, visit www.SpringWorksFestival.ca.

You can also follow SpringWorks on Facebook and Twitter. Remember to share your thoughts and reactions to the performances!

Multi-Ticket Savings at SpringWorks!
Save $5 per adult ticket when you buy three or more tickets at once. You can book them all for one performance or spread them across several events – either way, you’ll pay $15 each.Click here for the SpringWorks ticket page.


Photo credits
From top: Marion Adler; Chilina Kenndy; Anna Atkinson; Shane Carty;


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