PRESCOTT – The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival announced details of it’s programming and the casting for the summer season!
Following last year’s swords and sandals hit Julius Caesar, this summer will transporting the audience to ancient Egypt for the romantic sequel, Antony & Cleopatra in addition to producing an original musical adaptation of the rollicking and swashbuckling story The Three Musketeers.
The MainStage cast features a host of talent! Returning for their 3rd consecutive years, are veteran actor Richard SheridanWillis, who blew audiences away last year in the title role of Julius Caesar, as well as the award-winning fight director, actor and choreographer, Jonathan Purvis.
Jonathan will be reprising his role as the iconic Mark Antony in Antony & Cleopatra and will also be swinging a sword as Aramis in The Three Musketeers. Richard is playing the villainous Count Rochefort in The Three Musketeers as well as Antony’s trusted general, Enobarbus.
Other returning cast members include Ash Knight, Jesse Nerenbeg, and Déjah Dixon-Green.
New to the Festival is the sensational Rachel Jones, who will be burning up the stage as Cleopatra in Antony & Cleopatra. Audiences might have seen one of her many performances at the Classic Theatre Festival and she most recently played Gertrude in the Canadian Stage production of Hamlet.
Also new to the Festival is Jenn Dzialoszynski, a veteran of the Shaw Festival as well as an accomplished stage-fighter. Jenn will be playing d’Artangnan in The Three Musketeers.
Other artists new to this year’s season are Jeff Dingle, Lucy Hill, and Ottawa native Zach Counsil. The Festival is also pleased to welcome Claire Boudreau and Liam Lynch as this year’s RBC Emerging Artists!
This season will once again feature 20 local extras, 10 in Antony & Cleopatra and 10 in The Three Musketeers.
For the first time, the Festival is programming a third summer production!
Inaugurating the “Sidestage” is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), an hilarious 90-minute mash-up of all 38 of The Bard’s plays! This show stars Shaw & Stratford alumni Susie Burnett, the Jeopardy game-show champion Helen Junoven, and the Festival’s former artistic director Ian Farthing.
“I’ve always wanted to invite Ian to perform at the Festival and this seemed like the perfect season and the perfect show”, said current artistic director Rona Waddington. “He’s a wonderful performer and I am — and think audiences will be — excited to see him again! He also happens to be ideal casting for this play.”
The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is also thrilled to announce that this year’s community play will be the heartwarming musical Annie. This year local amateur thespians will be presenting the story for three performances in August and casting has already begun, so if you are interested in participating, please contact Rona at the Festival as soon as possible.
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare directed by Rona Waddington Opens July 8, and runs in repertory until August 12
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas adapted by David Ring and Rona Waddington musical score by Melissa Morris directed by Rona Waddington Opens July 12, runs in repertory until August 12
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield directed by Caroline Smith Opens August 15 and performs daily until August 20
Community Show Details
Annie! The Musical with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, & book by Thomas Meehan directed by Rona Waddington Friday, August 25 at 7pm Saturday August 26 at 1pm Saturday, August 26 at 7pm
For more information or to book your tickets: Box Office: 613 925 5788 Online sales at www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca