Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Trip to the Theater

By Annmarie Dean 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in a love affair with the theater. shaw_combinedEvery time I make a trip to the theater, I am always in awe of the plotlines, the talent on stage and the entire experience itself. WNED-TV gives viewers an inside look at this indescribable magic with two programs focusing on the Shaw Festival in picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Shaw Festival 2014 Season Preview

Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m. on WNED-TV (R: 2/23, 3 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.)

In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival entertains audiences and supporters far beyond their town with an incredibly talented acting ensemble and production company.

“What I love about, when people come to the Shaw, of course you, I think as a theatergoer, you want to try two experiences. You want to see something you know done in a new and interesting way, but I’m also happy that, when people come to the Shaw, they’re up for seeing something they don’t know, and that’s part of the excitement,” says Jackie Maxwell, artistic director.

The 2014 season is no exception. Anthony Chase, co-host of WBFO’s “Theatre Talk,” sits down with Shaw Festival decision makers for a sneak peek of this year’s lineup of productions in the “Shaw Festival 2014 Season Preview.”

The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain

Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. on WNED-TV (R: 2/23, 3:30 a.m.)

Offering unprecedented access, “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain” captures a unique approach to theatre at one of North America’s longest-running, most distinctive and exciting theatre companies. Following the process of getting plays from page to stage, this documentary provides insight into the production at a world-renowned repertory theatre festival.

Explore the work that goes into their productions of “Come Back, Little Sheba” and “Hedda Gabler,” and learn how the repertory theatre company works. Behind the scenes, explore the work of designers, props and set builders, costume and wig makers and backstage crews. The result is a revealing and intimate portrait of the Shaw Festival, the theatres, the creative process and the passionate teams that bring the art to life.

Are you excited for the new season?  Comment below!

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