The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival presents Maid for a Musket

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Fort Wellington in Prescott, a crucial structure in the war of 1812. To commemorate, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare festival has commissioned a new play, adapted loosely from Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost set in Prescott in 1813.

Ian Farthing and Alix Sideris talk about Maid for a Musket and give you a peek at one of the scene:

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A look at Maid for a Musket A group of soliders stationed in Prescott in 1813 without much to do decide to use their time wisely. They pledge to go without women or whisky for a whole year in order to better themselves with the study of poetry, philosophy and the art of war.

This is all very well until some attractive women arrive in Prescott…

Maid for a Musket is a world premiere written by Lucia Frangione and directed by Ian Farthing. It stars Alix Sideris, Shannon Taylor, Rose Napoli, David Snelgrove, Warren Bain, Paul Rainvile, Kerry Ann Doherty, Kelly Penner, Allan Price, John Koensgen, Eric Craig, Jérémie Cyr-Cooke, Jerushah Wright, Joshua Clayton

The show runs from July 13th through August 17th at the outdoor harbour ampitheatre in Prescott Ontatio. Tickets for the show are $27 with discounts for students and free entry for children under 14. Tickets for every Wednesday’s matinee are all $20. They can be purchased online at the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival’s website or in person at the box office one hour before the show. Note that in the event of heavy rain, the show moves indoors to St. Andrew’s Church, just a few blocks down the road.

Note: Please check the St. Lawrence Festival website for show times because shows (Hamlet and Maid for a Musket) alternate nights.

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Preview article prepared by Allan Mackey.
Video preview produced by Allan Mackey, Valley Wind Productions.
Photographer: David Pasho


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