Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain
(Rochester, New York) – Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain, airing Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Shaw Festival, one of North America’s longest-running, most distinctive and exciting theater experiences. With unprecedented access, the program captures the Shaw’s unique approach to theater and the treasure of the Shaw’s repertory acting company. In following the process of getting the play from the page to the stage, the film provides insights into every aspect of theater production.
Each year between April and October, the Shaw Festival--which began in 1962 with the mandate on works by George Bernard Shaw--presents around 10 plays on four stages that attract patrons from all over the world. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada--the Shaw's one-of-a-kind schedule has actors and directors working on several plays at once. Over eight months, crews design and build sets on a finely honed schedule that is both frenetic, creative, and amazingly well planned and executed.
Pictured: The interior of the Royal George has been completely restored in the style of a mini-Edwardian opera house.
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