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<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
Paul Wyse (left) with portrait and subject at the Steinway Hall unveiling in NYC. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Paul Wyse (left) with portrait and subject at the Steinway Hall unveiling in NYC. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

A passion for piano and portraits

Crane School of Music professor of piano Paul Wyse has mastered two art forms. He's a classically trained concert pianist and also paints portraits. Earlier this month, he unveiled a full-length portrait of "piano man" Billy Joel in New York City. The artist joined the bestselling musician to unveil the painting at Steinway Hall. Paul Wyse was commissioned by Steinway and Sons to paint Joel's portrait. Two of Wyse's portraits of award-winning pianist and conductor Leon Fleischer are part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection in Washington D.C.

Wyse has performed at the piano on the concert stage around the world and his oil portraits hang in public and private collections and appear in national publications.

So, how does a classically trained concert pianist become an award winning visual artist? "It's hard to explain," says Wyse. But he adds that it's not uncommon for musicians who study the structure of a symphony to use those same skills in the visual arts.

During a visit to his portrait studio in his home near Prescott, Ontario, he told Todd Moe that the mystery of transforming cloth and pigment into something that is looking back at you is powerful, alluring, and part of the compulsion to paint.  Go to full article
Kerry Ann Doherty & Ian Farthing  Photo: Lynne Chagnon
Kerry Ann Doherty & Ian Farthing Photo: Lynne Chagnon

"Twelfth Night" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, ON

Twelfth Night is running in rep with All's Well that Ends Well at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival through August 13. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent performance and has this review.  Go to full article
This portrait of pianist Leon Fleisher has become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
This portrait of pianist Leon Fleisher has become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.

A passion for the piano and painting

Crane School of Music professor of piano Paul Wyse has mastered two art forms. He's a classically trained concert pianist and also paints portraits. Two of Wyse's recent portraits of pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher have become part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian.

He's performed at the piano on the concert stage around the world, and his oil portraits hang in public and private collections and appear in national publications.

So, how does a classically trained concert pianist become an award winning visual artist? "It's hard to explain," says Wyse. But he adds that it's not uncommon for musicians who study the structure of a symphony to use those same skills in the visual arts.

During a visit to his portrait studio in his home near Prescott, Ontario, he told Todd Moe that the mystery of transforming cloth and pigment into something that is looking back at you is powerful, alluring, and part of the compulsion to paint.  Go to full article
Ian Farthing in a scene from <i>Twelfth Night</i>.
Ian Farthing in a scene from Twelfth Night.

Two Shakespeare classics this summer along the St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is underway in Prescott, Ontario again this summer. It's live theater with the St. Lawrence River as a backdrop. Todd Moe talks with Artistic Director Ian Farthing and actor Kerry Ann Doherty about this summer's two main stage productions: Twelfth Night and All's Well That Ends Well -- both romantic comedies. Farthing plays Malvolio in Twelfth Night which also includes lots of Celtic music, while Doherty appears in both productions.  Go to full article
Cast of <em>All's Well That Ends Well</em>. Photo: Lynne Chagnon
Cast of All's Well That Ends Well. Photo: Lynne Chagnon

Theatre Review: "All's Well that Ends Well" at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival

All's Well that Ends Well is running in rep at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival in Prescott through August 13. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at a recent performance and has this review.  Go to full article
Ian Farthing decked out in tails for Valentine's Day
Ian Farthing decked out in tails for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day checklist: How about a Sonnet-Gram?

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's artistic director will play cupid on Valentine's Day, delivering Shakespeare Sonnet-Grams in Prescott and Brockville, Ontario. Ian Farthing spoke with Todd Moe and shared some of his favorite love poems. For a $25 donation, Ian says he'll deliver the Sonnet-Gram dressed in white tie and tails on Monday. Call the Festival's Valentine Hotline: 613-246-4301.  Go to full article

Preview: "Trouble on Dibble Street" in Prescott

A new comedy, written by an Ontario playwright, is part of the lineup at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival this summer -- outdoor theater along the river. John Lazarus wrote Trouble on Dibble Street. It was commissioned by the festival to help celebrate Prescott's bicentennial this year. Now in its eighth season, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival is presenting Trouble on Dibble Street and Macbeth as its two mainstage shows. Lazarus told Todd Moe that his play is loosely based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Go to full article

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