March 17, 2018
The artistically multi-talented people on Salt Spring Island go for extravaganza when it comes to the Arts:
Gulf Islands Driftwood
Wednesday, June 14, 2000
Early summer nights dream at All Saints performance
by Tanya Lester
Prepare for an Elizabethan event that will be a delight to all the senses next weekend at All Saints by-the-Sea.
Through music, dance and readings, Shakespeare will be celebrated in Dances & Delights. His play excerpts to featured in the event include Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard III.
For the eyes, the banquet will be centred on Lottie Devindisch’s group of dancers dressed in flowing gowns of purple, white and royal green with golden trim. A credit to constume designer Judith Bennett.
Even in early dress rehearsal last week, Devindisch’s creative magic as the mad Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet was as strong as her muscular dancer’s legs.
She and the others: Tamsin Gilbert, Gale Hingston, Sue Newman (with her whimsical smile), Yarrow Sheehan and Jill Smith display a romping, lightness of foot in harmony with the magic of any Midsummer Night’s Dream.
These dancers will blend nicely with a garden’s worth of fragrant flowers from the St. Mary’s, St. Mark’s aMisnd All Saints church guilds for an aromatherapy experience that will waft from the church’s sanctuary to the audience occupying every pew….
The Bard’s inspiring poetry has been woven together for the occasion with narrative successfully penned in blank verse by Joyce Ditzler. She, along with John Edwards, selected all the readings for the occasion.
Charles Hingston, Caitlin Brownrigg, Margaret Jardine, Derek Emmerson and Ann Stuart lend rich intonations and dramatic flare to Shakespearean lines.
A climax for the ears will be reached by vocal sensations Betty Rothwell and Alan Robertson. Both have the artistic finesse of singing their pieces with a theatrical and harmonious freshness.
Mischa Linser, who has demonstrated dramatic achievement in his roles for Salt Spring Centre School productions, will also lend his vocal chords to the occasion.\
Caitlin Brownrigg will raise her voice in song as well.
Music will abound from Thomas Evdokimoff’s guitar, Barry Valentine’s organ and Janet Davies’ flute.
During intermission, performers and audience alike will savour the arrangements for the palate offered by Rita Robertson and Inez Farr. Strawberries dipped in cream and brown sugar as well as shortbread are hinted to be among these delights.
All is being brought together under the magical direction of Margaret Jardine who has ridden at the helm of many among the best of Salt Spring’s theatrical adventures….
To read more of the posts in this eclectic blog of writings by and about Tanya Lester, go to writingsmall.wordpress.com and tealeaf56.wordpress.com
Tanya also wrote four books that have been published: Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams and Tricksters, and Women Rights/Writes. The first two titles can be purchased from the author or from amazon.ca All four titles are in library systems including the Legislative Library of Manitoba.
Tanya has worked for many years as a psychic counsellor who specializing in tea leaf reading, tarot, psychic channeling, mediumship and gypsy card reading. For more go to her web at teareading.wordpress.com and/or her pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. You can book an accurate reading with her by texting/calling her at 250-538-0086 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org