Shakespeare returns to Victoria Park this summer

Published on May 6, 2014

TRURO – Shakespeare in Victoria Park will return for a second year in Truro.

Last year, more than 900 people attended the free production. Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann, who brought the production to the park, said since then, she has had many people request the return of the event.

“It was a much bigger success last year than any of us could ever have imagined,” Zann said.

This year’s event will take place, with the talents of the Truro Theatre Society, on the July 4th weekend with Friday and Saturday night shows at 7 p.m. and possibly a Sunday night performance as well. The production will be Romeo and Juliet and will be made specific to this area’s heritage by setting it in Nova Scotia in the 1700s, when French Acadians and British were both here.

“In this production Juliet and her family, the Capulets, are a wealthy British family with ties to the governor and Prince of England, and Romeo and his family, the Montagues, are Acadians and friends to the local Mi'kmaq,” said Zann.

Teenagers from Cobequid Educational Centre have already begun auditioning for lead roles and general auditions will be held in a couple of weeks. There will also be a children’s chorus and a group of troubador musicians will guide the audience from the bandshell through the park as scenes will be staged in different locations in the park.

Zann said that aspect was a hit last year.

“People from Truro got to enjoy the park and see areas they didn’t even know existed,” she said.  

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