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Countdown to Shakespeare in Paradise

  • Claudette ‘Cookie’ Allens, Nicolette Archer, Senobia Sabala and Valene Rolle in a scene from “Back of The Moon” during Shakespeare in Paradise 2012. PHOTOS: BAHAMASLOCAL.COM

Published: Jun 15, 2013

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Shakespeare in Paradise 2013 will be held this year October 4-12, and organizers of the theater festival are describing this year’s festival as “special”.

“This year is special to us in two main ways. First of all, and of course, it's our 40th anniversary of independence, and so that's a special anniversary in itself. But second, this will be the fifth Shakespeare in Paradise festival, and we're really happy that we've made it this far,” organizers said in a press release.


Highlights of the October 2013 festival include:

“The Shrew” – Gordon Mills, adapter and director of last year's “Merchant”, has turned his hand to “The Taming of the Shrew”. He's adapted it for the Bahamian context and will take on the job of directing it. Keep an eye out for audition pieces. Summer's coming up, and auditions are around the corner.

Philip Burrows is still doing groundwork for the revival of “Sammie Swain”. This is a large production that calls for participation from all sectors of the theater world. Leads include dancers, singers and actors. Auditions will be held during the summer as well.

“Sammie Swain” is a major financial undertaking, and organizers say they will be doing targeted fundraising for the special production.

“While it has been specially requested by the Fortieth Anniversary Independence Commission, the Bahamas government is not in a position to underwrite the whole cost, and we will need buy-in from the community to make sure it happens. We may also be selling tickets for it at a higher price than our usual $25. Please support us,” said festival organizers.

The Shakespeare in Paradise Art Exhibition is also well underway, directed by Julia Ames and Katrina Cartwright.

“We have partnered with Popopstudios for the exhibition. It will be the first event of our season, and will kick off in late September. It will present the show art from each of our festivals to date as well as photographs from our shows, and patrons will also get to meet and talk to our artists,” according to the press release.

“We're also continuing to work on occupying our own theater space. We're drawing up plans right now and are dealing with permits. This too will take considerable financial investment to get it into performance shape, but we trust that in the long run that investment will pay off. We still hope to be able to occupy it in time for this year's festival, but we're realistic. We'll be looking forward to your support at fundraisers and simply by turning out to our functions.”

Gift vouchers can also be used to purchase tickets in 2013. For more information, log on to shakespeareinparadise.org.


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