Shake­speare At Speedy Creek will de­but in 2019

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what we have to of­fer around here - and the fact that the Tran­scanada High­way comes right through our City in essence - and our goal is to bring peo­ple off that High­way and have them start to think of this as a des­ti­na­tion point.”

He said call­ing the fes­ti­val Shake­speare At Speedy Creek is a fun ti­tle and it chal­lenges peo­ple’s im­pres­sion of Shake­speare.

“The rea­son that that ti­tle is spe­cial…is it’s got a lovely sense of col­lo­qui­al­ism and a lit­tle bit of ir­rev­er­ence. And what we’re al­ways go­ing to try and get across to the com­mu­nity, and beyond, is a sense of fun and en­gage­ment with these great plays.”

He added that their pro­duc­tion will be ed­u­ca­tion, as the ac­tors will en­deav­our to help peo­ple un­der­stand the lan­guage of the play through their act­ing.

“I’m ex­cited to share this with young peo­ple, ac­tors, the gen­eral pub­lic. So that when they ex­pe­ri­ence the play, they’ll ac­tu­ally go, ‘You know what? I un­der­stood that. It seems like they’re ac­tu­ally speak­ing ev­ery-day speech, even though its el­e­vated and has a dif­fer­ent vo­cab­u­lary.’”

“We’ll be do­ing our ut­most to have you re­ally en­joy the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence, and hope­fully leave go­ing ‘hey, I got all of that’ and kind of de­bunk some of those cul­tural bar­ri­ers that we some­times put up.”

The Fes­ti­val will also in­clude a part­ner­ship with the Art Gallery of Swift Cur­rent, who will pro­vide art­work along with hands on art op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“In the first year, it’ll be the be­gin­ning,” he said. “But af­ter a few years we’ll have many things that will excite peo­ple in ad­di­tion to the plays.”

Mccall also an­nounced he has been in­vited to be the Pro­ducer/cre­ative Di­rec­tor of both the Open­ing and Clos­ing Cer­e­monies for the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games, along with As­so­ciate Pro­ducer Stefan Rumpel.

“We’re go­ing to open the (Shake­speare) Fes­ti­val con­cur­rent with the Games, so it’ll be a grand time in the City next sum­mer.”

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