Photo Coverage: Stratford's 60th Season Opening Night Gala

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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

42nd Street

A Word or Two

The Best Brothers

Cymbeline

Elektra

Henry V

Hirsh

MacHomer

The Matchmaker

The Pirates of Penzance

Wanderlust

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

Photo credit: James Wilkinson


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


Cynthia Dale


Erica Peck and Robin Black


The Mayor of Stratford Dan Mathieson


Janice Zolf


Dion Johnson and date


Geraint Wyn Davis and Cynthia Dale


Jennifer Stewart and Alessandro Constantini


Tom Orr and Jesus Christ Superstar's Bruce Dow


Michelle Aravena, Drew Foster and Alexandra Frohlinger


Ben Carlson


Kyle Golemba, Franklin Brasz, Jesus Christ Superstar's Marcus Nance,

Anne Campion, Dave Campion and Guest


Andrea Runge


Des McAnuff


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


Trent Pardy and Yanna McIntosh



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