Shakespeare At Speedy Creek will debut in 2019
Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan founder will launch new festival in Swift Current next year
A major new attraction will be added to Swift Current’s entertainment lineup in 2019 with the debut of Shakespeare at Speedy Creek.
Newly hired Lyric Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Mccall, the founder and first artistic director of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival in Saskatoon, feels Swift Current is an ideal location to launch a new festival.
And, he was excited to announce the first production will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the production will be launched in conjunction with the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.
“The people in Swift Current, I’m sure will enjoy it just as much as anyone, anywhere else,” Mccall said while unveiling the Festival during a press conference at the Lyric Theatre on Monday morning.
“We want people to realize that Shakespeare is very accessible, and it is fun filled, and start to find out why he’s considered the very foundation of English language since the Elizabethan period.”
The Festival planning is just in its infancy, but Mccall said he will be relying on his experience of launching Saskatoon’s Festival into this new endeavour.
“When we came here, my wife and I, we looked at the community and said this is just perfect for us to have our own Shakespeare festival,” he said.
“There is an opportunity here to also bring people off the highway,” he added. “If we can contribute to making Swift Current more of a destination point for tourism, it would be a great honour. It also allows us to some programming out in the community in the summer when things are a little slow in terms of people coming to the theatre.”
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