Bard on the Bandstand 2013: Macbeth - A Midsummer's Nightmare

Bard on the Bandstand

Bard on the Bandstand 2013:

MACBETH
(A Midsummer's Nightmare)

directed by Cathie Young

Performances:

July 18-21 at Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows
July 25-28 at Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge

Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, your family and a donation for the Friends in Need food bank.
Come early to get a good spot!

Synopsis

Three witches decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. The Scottish king, Duncan, decides that he will confer the title of the traitorous Cawdor on the heroic Macbeth. Macbeth, and another General called Banquo, happen upon the three witches. The witches predict that he will one day become king. He decides that he will murder Duncan. Macbeth's wife agrees to his plan. He then murders Duncan assisted by his wife who smears the blood of Duncan on the daggers of the sleeping guards. A nobleman called Macduff discovers the body. Macbeth kills the guards insisting that their daggers smeared with Duncan's blood are proof that they committed the murder. The crown passes to Macbeth. More murders ensue and the bloodied ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth's conscience now begins to torture her and she imagines that she can see her hands covered with blood. She commits suicide. Macduff kills Macbeth and becomes king.

Director’s Note

As they say in the movies, in approaching this production of Bard on the Bandstand it was important that I consider the franchise. Emerald Pig Theatrical Society has a proven reputation of community theatre by and for the community in which we live. So, in considering this production of Macbeth, we wanted to make sure that it had a broad appeal and a wide level of involvement. Hopefully we have been able to achieve these goals. The ages of our band of performers and crew range from 5 to 60+. And we have worked as a company from the first line learned to the last nail hammered and the last brush stroked. Through the many months of rain, sun and whatever we have met on the Square in Pitt Meadows and created this performance for you. (If you get a close look at the cast and crew you will see we are a weathered lot). I give my heartfelt thanks to this extraordinary cast and crew. It has been a privilege to direct them.
- Cathie Young

Producers’ Message

“Something wicked this way comes…” Witches and demons and bloody murder…. This is the dark side of Bard on the Bandstand. We are excited to bring you one of Shakespeare’s classic tragedies, Macbeth. Although we do not subscribe to the superstition that speaking the name of the “Scottish Play” will evoke certain misfortune, we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety here tonight. Well, except for the swords… Thanks for coming to the park in the dark! Enjoy the show.
- Sharon and Kathleen

Thank You!

We could not produce the quality of programming that we continue to offer, without the generosity of our partners and sponsors. This includes the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council, Ridge Meadows Parks and Leisure Services Commission, the BC Gaming branch, Lyndy Buyze Kerr of Remax Lifestyles Realty, Sure Print & Copy Centre, and our season’s sponsor, Eastridge Animal Hospital.

With special thanks to:

  • Xtreme Theatre
  • Reginald Pillay, Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society
  • June Ainsworth, Bard in the Valley
  • Stave Falls Scottish Dancers
  • Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services Staff
  • Phil Barrett
  • Martin Testa
  • Chris Carver
  • Peter Tam

In addition, there are many people who have contributed to this production in large ways and small and we truly appreciate their gifts of time and talent.
Many thanks to the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Arts Council for their financial support.

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This drama is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare - ambition, fate, deception and treachery.

Click here to view the Macbeth trailer on YouTube

- created by Jacq Ainsworth

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