Photo Coverage: Stratford's 60th Season Opening Night Gala
On Monday May 28th, 2012 the Stratford Shakespeare Festival kicked off their 60th season in grand style reserved especially for these types of special occasions. The streets of this quaint town were lined with men in tuxedos and women in ballgowns (despite the near record setting temperatures), the swans were gracing the Avon River and the red carpet was rolled out for stars, dignitaries and fans alike.
Among those in attendance were The Mayor of Stratford Dan Mathieson, the US ambassador to Canada, Stratford staples Colm Feore, Dan Chameroy, Cynthia Dale, Geraint Wyn Davis, Ben Carlson, Deborah Hay and Jesus Christ Superstar cast members Bruce Dow and Marcus Nance (who both flew in from NYC to celebrate with their Stratford family).
The 60th Season marks the last season for Artistic Director Des McAnuff, who was on hand last night to celebrate. Also in attendance was General Director Antoni Cimolino who will be taking over as Artistic Director next year (and helm this year's Cymbeline). The opening week kicked off with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and continues with 42nd Street, Charlie Brown, Cymbeline, Pirates of Penzance and The Matchmaker.
BWW was on hand for all the opening night fun and we are thrilled to bring our reader's photos from the glitzy evening.
When and Where?
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival 60th Season:
Much Ado About Nothing
A Word or Two
The Best Brothers
The Pirates of Penzance
The War of 1812
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit their official website at www.stratfordfestival.ca
The Shakespeare Flag atop the Festival Theatre
The Stratford Police Pipes and Drums
Swans on the Avon River
Horse and Carriage delivered Guests in Style
Stratford Guests Arriving
The Mayor of Stratford Dan Mathieson
Dion Johnson and date
Geraint Wyn Davis and Cynthia Dale
Jennifer Stewart and Alessandro Constantini
Ian Lake and date
Juan Chorian and guest
Lee Myers and date
Trish Lindstrom, Mike Shara and Ben Carlson
Stephanie Aniol and Andrea Smitko
Tyron Savage, Lara Gilchrist and Josh Epstein