July 1, 2013

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Grand-Métis, July 1, 2013. Les Jardins de Métis (Reford Gardens) is hosting two evening performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Sunday, July 7 and Monday, July 8 by Shakespeare in the Park.

The 7 pm performances will be held in the historic surroundings of Estevan Lodge, the 125 year-old fishing camp built by Sir George Stephen that was recently designated a historic monument by the government of Québec. The lawns and forest will become the magical setting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most accessible and popular plays. Shakespeare in the Park (SITP) has been charming audiences for twenty-five years with outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s plays that attract audiences of more than 10,000 every summer. This is the first time the gardens have hosted live outdoor theatre.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and, in keeping with the gardens practice of encouraging visits by children and families, children 13 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets are available from the ticket booth at Les Jardins de Métis (open every day from 8.30 am to 6 pm) or by calling (418) 775-2221, x 222.

The performance at Les Jardins de Métis is sponsored by MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier. The 2013 tournée of Repercussion Theatre’s Shakespeare-in-the-Park (SITP) tour is funded by the Conseil des arts de Montréal. The performance at Les Jardins de Métis is the first in a series of performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that will be presented in various Montreal and surrounding-area parks, Hemmingford, Morin Heights and Douglass Beach in Knowlton. For the complete schedule, please consult the online calendar.

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
- Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays with something for everyone: spooky woods, supernatural beings, mistaken identities, shape shifting, love and laughter, music, magic and mayhem, not to mention hardworking men in makeup and edge-of-your-seat tension as the bonds between lovers and friends are pushed to the limit.

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
- Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Amanda Kellock
directs this family favourite, a play she is very familiar with, having played Helena twice for SITP in 2004 and 2005. She is not alone. Several alumni, many of whom received their first professional break with the outdoor tour, return to their roots, adding to the celebratory atmosphere and filling important roles as mentors to the younger cast members.

Kellock is joined by Black Theatre Workshop’s Artistic Director, Quincy Armorer, as Oberon/Theseus, Daniel Brochu, playing Puck, Danielle Desormeaux as this season’s Quince and Egeus, Al Goulem, cast as the inimitable Bottom. Perennial crowd-pleaser, Catherine Lemieux, will play Snug in this production and Julie Tamiko Manning, wears two hats this year as Titania/Hippolyta. Debuting with SITP and rounding out the cast are Trevor Barrette as Flute, Hayley Kezber as Helena, Charlotte Rogers as Hermia, Jonathan Silver as Demetrius and Aris Tyros as Lysander.

The set design is by Amy Keith assisted by Isabelle Guichard and Anastasia Schneider, with costumes by Marija Djordjevic, assisted by Danielle Fagan, lighting design by Ana Cappelluto, and sound by Kristie Ibrahim. Danielle Skene stage manages with assistance from Allison Kelly and Chloe Ekker.

Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens are located on the shores of the St. Lawrence and Mitis rivers at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula. A national historic site, Les Jardins de Métis are ranked as one of the great gardens of North America. Created by Elsie Reford over a period of 30 years, they are a living testimony to her passion for gardening and plants. The Gardens host a range of events and activities throughout the summer and are open every day until September 29. Children 13 and under are admitted free of charge.

To obtain further details about events and activities held at the Gardens this summer, consult the web site www.refordgardens.com, watch our Facebook site or contact us at 418 775-2222.

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For interviews with cast members:
Barbara Ford      
(514) 342 – 7936      

To learn more about this event and the 2013 program:
Alexander Reford  
(418) 775-2221



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