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15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe
15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox at his hot-dog vending cart on Prescott's waterfront. Photo: Todd Moe

Heard Up North: a summer of hot-dogs at Prescott's harbor

For some teenagers it's been a summer of camp counseling, babysitting, or mowing lawns. An Ontario teen is finding out food can be a direct path to some extra spending money. Uninterested in the typical summer jobs, 15-year-old Wilson Burton-Fox, of Prescott, says he and a friend tossed around ideas for employment and decided to pool their savings to buy a hot-dog vending cart.

He's spent the last few months selling hot-dogs and sausages along Prescott's waterfront to passing boaters, tourists, and a hungry theater crowd before a show at the nearby St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.

Burton-Fox told Todd Moe he wants to join the Royal Canadian Air Force after high school. But even so, he says spending this summer outside socializing at the marina and selling sausages has been worth it.  Go to full article
Rona Waddington.  Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Rona Waddington. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival chooses new leader

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario has hired a new artistic director. Rona Waddington, who brought "Hamlet" to Prescott last summer, succeeds Ian Farthing in December. Farthing will step down at the end of this summer's 12th season.

Waddington has an impressive background as an actor and director at theatres across Canada and Europe. And she told Todd Moe she loves the idea of presenting Shakespeare outdoors along the St. Lawrence in the summer months.  Go to full article
London's Globe Theatre.  Tickets for the Prescott performances of "Hamlet" will go on sale April 23rd - Shakespeare's birthday!   Photo:  Todd Moe
London's Globe Theatre. Tickets for the Prescott performances of "Hamlet" will go on sale April 23rd - Shakespeare's birthday! Photo: Todd Moe

Globe's Hamlet coming to Prescott

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario, has been chosen to host the world famous Globe Theatre for productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet this summer. It's the only Canadian stop on the famed theatre's 2014 international tour.

The Globe's touring cast, from London, England, will present two performances of Hamlet on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.  Go to full article
Ian Farthing, as Joseph, in <em>Jesus My Boy</em>. The show opens tonight in Prescott and continues next weekend in Chesterville and Ottawa, Ontario.   Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Ian Farthing, as Joseph, in Jesus My Boy. The show opens tonight in Prescott and continues next weekend in Chesterville and Ottawa, Ontario. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Preview: "Jesus, My Boy"

Joseph, the often forgotten Jewish carpenter who becomes the father of Jesus in the Christmas story, gets his say in the production of Jesus, My Boy.

The one-man show opens tonight at St. Andrew's Church in Prescott, Ontario. Ian Farthing, artistic director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, stars as Joseph.

Farthing told Todd Moe that he first saw the production in London, and calls it the retelling of a familiar story with funny anecdotes and a "healthy dose of irreverance."  Go to full article
Kelly Penner, David Snelgrove & Warren Bain  Photo: Production Ottawa
Kelly Penner, David Snelgrove & Warren Bain Photo: Production Ottawa

Theatre Review: "Maid for a Musket" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott

"Maid for a Musket" runs in rep with "Hamlet" at the Kinsmen Amphitheatre in Prescott Ontario through August 17. The outdoor venue is on the bank of the St. Lawrence River where the audience faces Prescott's scenic Harbour.  Go to full article
Eric Craig as Hamlet, Paul Rainville as the Gravedigger in <i>Hamlet</i>. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
Eric Craig as Hamlet, Paul Rainville as the Gravedigger in Hamlet. Photo: St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

Another summer of Shakespeare on the St. Lawrence

Comedy, tragedy and history are all part of this summer's lineup at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, Ontario. Todd Moe crossed the border to talk with artistic director Ian Farthing and some of the Canadian actors in this season's productions of Hamlet and Maid for a Musket.  Go to full article
Triumphant soldiers of the re-enacted Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles strike a victorius pose.  Photo: Michael Whittaker
Triumphant soldiers of the re-enacted Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles strike a victorius pose. Photo: Michael Whittaker

When Ogdensburg was a battleground, 200 years ago

The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated on the streets of the city this weekend. On February 22nd, 1813, hundreds of British-Canadian soldiers crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked Ogdensburg. Historical re-enactors with the group, Forsyth's Rifles, will battle the British on Ford and State Streets to commemorate the skirmish. Both sides will fire period muskets and firearms in recreating the battle.

It was a Canadian victory during the War of 1812, and an end to the American threat to trade in Upper Canada. Depending on what side of the border you lived on, the battle had its share of heroes and legends.  Go to full article
<i>The Player's Advice to Shakespeare</i> is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Prescott.
The Player's Advice to Shakespeare is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Prescott.

Preview: "The Player's Advice to Shakespeare" in Prescott

Canadian actor Greg Kramer has been getting rave reviews for his performance in the one-man show, The Player's Advice to Shakespeare. It'll be performed Friday and Saturday night in Prescott, Ontario, presented by the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. It's been nominated for two Capital Critics Circle awards -- Best Actor and Best Director -- for the best in theatre on stages in the Ottawa area.

Kramer plays one of Shakespeare's actors, imprisoned in the Tower of London, who has some advice for the Bard. But he'd better hurry, because he's been handed a death sentence. Todd Moe talks with Greg Kramer who says the show is a passionate, and at times humorous, plea for theatre.  Go to full article
Alix Sideris as Titania, Ron Klappholz as Bottom  Photo: Lynn Chagnon
Alix Sideris as Titania, Ron Klappholz as Bottom Photo: Lynn Chagnon

Theatre Review: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott

A Midsummer Night's Dream is running in rep with Othello at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott through August 18. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng attended a recent performance and has this review.  Go to full article
Queen Titania, the fairies, and Bottom - with his donkey's head - in <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream</i>.
Queen Titania, the fairies, and Bottom - with his donkey's head - in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A decade of Shakespeare in Prescott

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its tenth summer season in Prescott, Ontario. The Kinsman amphitheater, along the waterfront, is home to the Festival. A decade ago, a small group of actors brought a production of Romeo and Juliet to Prescott, and it proved to be a success. It's now the largest outdoor professional Shakespeare festival in Ontario, attracts some of the best talent and features two plays as well as an educational program for aspiring actors.

Todd Moe heads down to the waterfront for a conversation with artistic director Ian Farthing and some of the actors for their thoughts on this year's productions of Othello and A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Go to full article

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