Loving Shakespeare in Summer

This is the third year in a row that ACT (a community theatre) has staged a Shakespearean play in a park in Stratford Prince Edward Island. This is ACT‘s 19th year, but the outdoor productions are new for us. It puts a whole new spin on how to spend your summer vacation.

In 2012 we staged Macbeth, for which I was the producer and photographer. The play moved throughout the park for each of its 11 scenes.

The Witches from Scene 1 of Macbeth, 2012

The Witches from Scene 1 of Macbeth, 2012


Duncan - before Macbeth murders him - heaps praise on his battle leaders.

Duncan – before Macbeth murders him – heaps praise on his battle leaders.

In 2013 it was A Midsummer Night’s dream for which I was part of the stage crew, and photographer. This play, too, moved throughout the park.

The Rude Mechanicals eat hot dogs and drink beer as they prepare to stage the play within the play.

The Rude Mechanicals eat hot dogs and drink beer as they prepare to stage the play within the play.


The fairies in Midsummer Night's Dream.

The fairies in Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This year (2014) we’re in rehearsal for Much Ado About Nothing which opens in 26 days. I’m graphics coordinator, T-shirt manager, photographer and adviser to the producer. The tradition of moving the audience for every scene continues.

An early rehearsal of the first scene in Much Ado About Nothing as Leonato's household meets the returning soldiers under Don Pedro.

An early rehearsal of the first scene in Much Ado About Nothing as Leonato’s household meets the returning soldiers under Don Pedro.


July 26 rehearsal as Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio conspire to trick Benedick into thinking that Beatrice loves him.  The director looks on.

July 26 rehearsal as Leonato, Don Pedro and Claudio conspire to trick Benedick into thinking that Beatrice loves him. The director looks on.

Posted for the Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

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