Saturday, June 21, 2014

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors

I love live theatre and this year, Shakespeare in the Ruins presented A Comedy of Errors. This year, Shakespeare would have been 450 years old! That's mighty old but his work still lives on for us to enjoy.
The play on location at the ruins of what used to be a Trappist Monastery that was originally constructed in 1892 in St. Norbert. The monks lived there for 86 years in seclusion but as the city of Winnipeg started to grow in their direction, they relocated to Holland, Manitoba which is about 150 km from Winnipeg. By the way, they make great cheese that is sold in local supermarkets. I bought some at the Forks and it is rich and creamy. If you are ever down at the Forks, it's sold at Fenton's.

The chapel and monastery were almost destroyed by arson but with the hard work and dedication of some intrepid groups, the ruins were saved and is now home to the St. Norbert Arts Centre. The ruins are the only ones left in the entire North America so it is quite something to see. The outdoor play was set on location in and around the ruins and the organizers take full advantage of the gorgeous structure.

The play was originally scheduled for last week but when we arrived with our umbrellas (it had been raining all weekend), one of the staff said that the play had to be rescheduled otherwise the actors would be running around in ankle deep water and the guests would be sitting in puddles of equal amounts. We managed to get the tickets changed for today. Live theatre doesn't have the same luxury of set like movies so it takes quite a bit of imagination to interpret some of the scenes - like to one where they had to show the family travelling by ship and there was a shipwreck and the ship broke in half with one part of each twin going in separate directions. The cast of actors were wonderfully funny as usual and they did a great job of keeping to the original script.

I threw in one picture of Robin who can't live without his Blackberry - fortunately only used during intermission!

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