Are you dreaming of long summer days spent making puppets, creating songs, dances and spectacle on the River Clyde? We sure are! The River Clyde Pageant will be returning to the Little Victory Microfarms in just a few short months. We have some big, ambitous plans for this summer’s production and we would love your help transforming them into reality!
The 2019 Pageant will be returning to the single-site format we began exploring in 2018 with Catch a River by the Tale. We were so excited by what emerged with last year’s production - it provoked many questions and many more ideas for using the land and the water as both sites and collaborators for theatre making. We’ll be sharing some of these new ideas in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, we are thrilled to announce the first round of free, artist-led workshops, now open for registration!
NEW THIS YEAR: High school students (anyone entering grade 10, 11, 12) can get community service credit for participating in the Pageant. Any hours you participate in workshops or rehearsals can be logged to go towards a $750 bursary for post-secondary education. Interested? Ask us for more details.
Scenographer and puppeteer Ian McFarlane is offering two new workshops, one workshop in scenic design for the outdoor stage for adults and teens, and a woodcarving and marionette workshop for all ages. These workshops begin at the end of June and will delve into large design projects and small puppet builds, respectively, using driftwood, found materials and various woodcarving techniques.
New Orleans-based artists Kathy Randels and Sean LaRocca are back June 11-23 to lead an expanded music workshop to develop music created in 2018 and lead singers and musicians through songwriting and improvisation processes inspired by the land and water. This workshop is open to musicians and vocalists of all ages and levels, and takes place indoors and outdoors in New Glasgow.
Joanna Caplan will be leading a twice-weekly, all-ages movement workshop, June 30-July 18, to create outdoor group choreography on land and water. Laura Astwood will be back in early June to teach stilt-walking basics, partner work and choreography to new stilt-walkers and alumni.
Workshop registration is now open. Check out the details & sign up here. We will be announcing more workshops in Kids Drama and Creative Writing later this month, as well as an exciting new collaboration with the Waterways Paddling Festival.
We hope you’ll join us for a magical experience this summer!