The Perils of Outdoor Theatre (And Why We Love It!)

July 27th, 2010

This week our teen actors and fearless leader Carole are putting the final touches on The Taming of the Shrew on site at the Performance Works Outdoor Stage.  While it may be outside, rehearsing on an outdoor stage isn’t exactly a walk in the park.  While everything will be just right by opening night (the lights, the sound, the roaring crowds!) a rehearsal seems less formal – and invites a great deal more interruption!  I snapped a few photos down on site so that our dear readers could play ‘spot the distraction’.  Are you ready?  Here’s the first one…

"Hey honey, is that girl wearing a cape?"

Yep, those folks are sunbathing.  We all love to catch a few rays, and these folks decided to do it… well… right in view of the stage.  Nothing says relaxation like can-can numbers, yelling, slapping and some fabulous theatre… right?  Alright, try this one:

Brittany shares the spotlight!

Here actor Brittany Mrsic shares the stage with a winged co-star – Granville Island is home to seagulls, squirrels, pigeons, raccoons, and teen actors, all of whom crave the spotlight.  Luckily Brittany’s portrayal of Baptista Minola is riveting enough to outshine any winged or four-legged interference.  Hey crow, we’re not doing Mackers this year! Get off the stage!  Next up is a tough one so look closely!

Down in front!

Well, maybe not.  Yes, the show must go on no matter what, and so does the hustle and bustle of Granville Island.  Sometimes, that bustle hustles right across our playing space!  No cyclist, jogger or confused tourist expects to find a fully staged show in the middle of a park, but that element of surprise is what we live for.  Come opening night when our lights, costumes, sound and set all come together and our teen actors tell us the tale of The Taming of the Shrew, nothing will be able to distract you from our fabulous show.  We come back year after year because there’s nothing like it –   and when you come join us at our beautiful outdoor stage, grab a cup of hot chocolate, pick your seat and settle down for a night of fantastic Shakespeare, you’ll know exactly what we mean.

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