My earliest memory of the Stratford Festival was when I was a kid in public school! Just getting there was a big adventure! My school friends and I excitedly boarded the school bus and then we were off! Back then it seemed like a really long trip, but in reality, it was only a few hours. I don’t remember much about the play we saw. I am sure it was one of Shakespeare’s. I do, however, remember the box lunch we were served! I know that all the kids really liked it. I had never experienced anything like it.
Over the years, I have been back to
and the Stratford Festival many times. Stratford
is one of my favourite places to visit. The downtown area is very quaint and
the Stratford area is beautiful. Festival Park forms the centre of the park with
the Festival Theatre overlooking it. The white swans floating effortlessly
across the water add to the park’s peace and majesty. There are plenty of options
if you decide to stay overnight, from Bed and Breakfasts to quaint inns and
everything in between. Of course, staying overnight means “going to the
theatre”! The Festival was founded by Tom Patterson in 1953 and has had some of
Victoria Lake North America’s finest actors perform there. While
the Festival’s primary mandate is to present productions of William
Shakespeare’s plays, it also products a wide variety of other types of plays.
This year’s (2009) plays include A
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth,
Westside Story and The Importance of Being Ernest. There
are some 14 plays in all. A far cry from when the Festival first started. The number
of theatres has increased, as have the number and types of plays. If you enjoy
traveling to interesting places and want to experience one of North America’s
and the Stratford Festival is a must! To find out more, visit the Festivals
Website at http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/.