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Shaw Festival announces principal casting for 2015 season

– New and noteworthy names, familiar faces and returning favourites seen in extraordinary roles –

Media Release #23

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 29, 2014) – The Shaw Festival today announced principal casting and creative team details for its 54th season.

“I am very happy with our casting for the 2015 season,” said Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell. “It’s a vital and engaging combination of fresh faces, younger ensemble members stepping up and taking on leading roles, well-loved actors returning to The Shaw and core ensemble members taking on surprising new challenges.”

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Nominations for fourth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize now being accepted

Ongoing donations and generous gift increases annual prize to $5000

Media Release #22

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 15, 2014) — Nominations for the fourth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize (Gina’s Prize) will be accepted starting October 15, 2014. The prize is intended to recognize an experienced female theatre artist transitioning from one theatre discipline into the discipline of theatre direction. The annual Gina’s Prize pays tribute to Canadian actor, playwright and director Gina Wilkinson and her unyielding dedication, vision and indomitable spirit that imbued her work and her life. The recipient will be chosen from nominations brought forward by members of the Canadian theatre community. This year’s nomination deadline is December 15, 2014, with the award recipient announced on March 10, 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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Registration for Shaw Theatre School on now

Interactive ten-week program conducted by Shaw Festival professionals back for its sixth year

Media Release #21

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 7, 2014) — Register your budding performer now for the Shaw Theatre School in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Beginning Saturday, October 18, students in grades 3 to 12 will explore their inner creativity, develop self-confidence and foster theatrical and presentation skills through engaging drama activities. The ten weeks of age-appropriate classes are led by members of the internationally renowned Shaw Festival company and concludes with a final performance for family and friends on December 20. Also available for teens: Sew with the Pros beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. Call the Shaw Festival Box Office at 1-800-511-7429 (local 905-468-2172) to register. No previous experience is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival Takes Part in Annual Cross-Canada Culture Days

- Participants can take a peek behind the Shaw Festival’s curtain or enjoy a live musical interlude -

Media Release #20

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 23, 2014) — Celebrate arts and culture with a visit to the Shaw Festival during the fifth annual Culture Days celebrations. As part of the annual national celebration, The Shaw presents the Shaw Festival Backstage Tour, a one-hour tour through the Festival Theatre on September 26 and 27, as well as a morning Coffee Concert performed by members of the Festival’s Orchestra on September 28. Read the rest of this entry »

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Executive Director Elaine Calder to retire from the Shaw Festival in September 2015

- Veteran arts executive to retire after 30-year career –

Media Release #19

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 12, 2014) — Executive Director Elaine Calder announced to the Shaw Festival company today that she will be retiring towards the end of the 2015 season and moving to her new home in Victoria, B.C. to be closer to her family. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cabaret singing contest winner announced

- Song choice beloved by winner –

Media Release #18

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 21, 2014) — The Shaw Festival is pleased to announce the winner of the Sing Away to Cabaret contest. Alisha Ruiss wowed the esteemed panel of judges — Deborah Hay and Juan Chioran, the Shaw Festival’s own Sally Bowles and Emcee; Shaw Festival Music Director Paul Sportelli and Jazz FM’s Heather Bambrick — with her rendition of Cabaret. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Festival adds two extra shows of When We Are Married to meet demand

- J.B. Priestley comedy still set to close October 26 -

Media Release #16

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 14, 2014) — Due to popular demand, two additional performances of the J.B. Priestley comic play When We Are Married have been scheduled. Tickets for the newly added performance dates are now on sale and can be purchased at www.shawfest.com or by calling 1-800-511-SHAW (7429). Don’t miss one of “the funniest and among the most enduring plays that J.B. Priestley wrote” (Telegraph) or see it again before it closes on Sunday, October 26 because the second time around is always sweeter.

The newly added performance dates/times are as follows:

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8 p.m.

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Shaw Festival reveals 2015 playbill

- World, Canadian and Festival premieres highlight season -

Media Release #15

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (August 2, 2014) — The Shaw Festival today announced the 2015 season playbill. The Shaw’s 54th season features 11 productions including the re-envisioning of two enduring Shaw comedies and two newly commissioned Canadian works.

The 2015 season will feature Sweet Charity, Pygmalion, Light Up the Sky, Peter and the Starcatcher, You Never Can Tell, The Divine, The Lady from the Sea, Top Girls, The Twelve- Pound Look, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism with a Key to the Scriptures (IHO) and The Next Whisky Bar – A Kurt Weill Cabaret. Read the rest of this entry »

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Juno and the Paycock and The Mountaintop officially open at The Shaw

Media Release #14

-      Two powerful and provocative works make Shaw Festival debut this weekend   -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 25, 2014) — Shaw Festival supporters and company members will gather tonight and Saturday evening to celebrate the official openings of Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. After Saturday evening’s performance, all 10 shows in the 2014 season will have officially opened and will run in repertory in The Shaw’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake theatres. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shaw Speakers Series takes audiences Beyond the Stage

- Margaret MacMillan and Paul Gross headline first weekend event exploring WWI -

Media Release #13

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 17, 2014) — The Shaw Festival opens their stages to brilliant guest speakers and artists whose insights go Beyond the Stage and demonstrate new ways of seeing and thinking about the world through literature, theatre and food.

The Speakers Series begins this weekend with The War to End All Wars?: Commemorating World War One featuring acclaimed historian Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919, and actor/director/writer Paul Gross. The series continues with Thought for Food, a panel discussion led by celebrated food writer and cookbook author Lucy Waverman, on September 13 and At the Heart of the Matter with Lawrence Hill, insightful and accomplished author of the bestselling novel The Book of Negroes, on October 4. Read the rest of this entry »

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