Help us bring free Shakespeare to Winnipeg's Central Park!
For twenty years SIR has been Manitoba’s only professional Shakespeare theatre company! We are committed to making the works of Shakespeare accessible and enjoyable for everyone (regardless of social or economic circumstance) through clarity of text and unusual environmental staging. Here's just a taste of what we do:
- Our Main Stage productions take place every spring in and around ruins of the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park in St. Norbert, Manitoba, with the audience following the action “promenade-style” through a variety of locations.
- Our Stripped-Down Shakespeare touring productions travel to high schools throughout Manitoba, Western Ontario and Eastern Saskatchewan.
- Our initiatives in youth and community education include Shakespeare in the City, a series of Saturday afternoon workshops for underpriveleged youth which focus on the exploration of Shakespeare in a fun and accessible way.
Shakespeare in Central Park *Brand New Programming!*
As we celebrate our 2013 20th Anniversary Season, we are planning a special event that will help commemorate two decades of SIR by bringing Shakespeare to Winnipeg’s downtown: Shakespeare in Central Park.
Shakespeare in Central Park will consist of six free public performances of A Stripped-Down Midsummer Night’s Dream from August 22nd-24th, 2013, presented on and around the beautiful historic Waddell Fountain in Winnipeg’s Central Park.
The newly renovated Central Park has been instrumental in revitalizing Winnipeg’s core area. Situated as it is, directly north of SIR’s offices, it has been inspiring to see what was once a notoriously dangerous neighbourhood now packed with families on any given afternoon or evening, and the myriad activities being enjoyed by all ages!
Part of our plan is to create and distribute programs and synopses written in English and translated into the various languages spoken by the New Canadians (people from countries like Japan, the Phillipines, China, Bhutan, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Chad, & Sudan) who comprise the majority of people living in the neighbourhood surrounding the park, which has been recognized as the most ethnically diverse square kilometre in Canada!
We are confident that the fun-filled hour-long adaptation A Stripped-Down Midsummer Night’s Dream (which toured for 4 sold-out weeks in 2012) will be a truly magical addition to the park and to Winnipeg’s summer events calendar.
These afternoon and evening performances will provide:
- An opportunity for Shakespeare in the Ruins to make a significant and valuable contribution to the recreational health, quality of life, education, and cultural landscape of Winnipeg’s downtown
- A chance for hundreds of Winnipeggers of all ages and from all walks of life to see Shakespeare performed live for the very first time in a way that they can easily understand and enjoy
- An opportunity to engage members of the Central Park community in volunteer activities, including audience participation in the show itself!
- Incentive for hundreds of SIR supporters to discover, enjoy, and appreciate the spectacular community resource that Central Park has become, and the vibrant community which inhabits it
Given the excitement that has already been generated among our own audience members. partners and supporters, we believe the impact and potential future of this event will reach far beyond the borders of Central Park, and continue long after the summer of our 20th Anniversary Season!
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!
As a registered charitable not-for-profit arts organization, Shakespeare in the Ruins has managed to create a whole lot with very little - cash, that is!
But producing professional theatre isn't cheap, even when most of the money is spent on paying the artists their minimum wage! In order for us to keep Shakespeare in Central Park admission free we need the help of generous people like you! Your donation will help us pay for:
- rehearsal space
- storage space
- sound equipment
- printing costs (including multilingual programs and promotional materials to help us get the word out!)
We've already managed to raise some money through local foundations and corporate partners who recognize the valuable impact this program will have on downtown Winnipeg's community and cultural landscape, and we hope to accumulate more investors in order to secure its future, BUT... in order to get Shakespeare in Central Park off the ground, we're counting on YOU to make a donation right now!
It'll make you feel good, it'll make us feel good, and it will definitely make thousands of people living in the Central Park neighbourhood feel good!
PLUS... look at the great PERKS you'll receive in exchange for your generosity!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you truly can't afford to make a donation (let's face it, not everybody can), you can still help:
Go on Facebook & Twitter (@SIR_Winnipeg) & tell everybody you know about Shakespeare in Central Park and all of the other great stuff we're doing!
Thanks for taking the time to find out who we are and what we're trying to do, and for your interest in supporting the arts!