Setting up the Play: Donor Pre-Chats

Alex McCooeye, Paul Rainville, Kayvon Kelly, Paula-Jean Prudat

Alex McCooeye, Paul Rainville, Kayvon Kelly, Paula-Jean Prudat

Andree Lanthier

One of the many benefits of supporting performance, creation and learning across Canada through the National Arts Centre Foundation is having the opportunity to attend donor pre-chats to listen to the artists discuss their craft first-hand. On Thursday, January 21, 2016, donors joined NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley, and Pityu Kenderes and Judd Palmer, Co-Artistic Directors of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, to chat about their unique production of The Twelfth Night.

The audience learned that the 2015/16 ensemble would play against sets, props, costumes and even a few puppets, all designed and hand wrought by Calgary's Old Trout Puppet Workshop. The trio explained that the set is a reflection of the story of Twelfth Night, where mistaken identities, misrepresentation and cross-dressing run rampant.

Armed with this knowledge, NAC Foundation supporters were better able to appreciate the vision and beautiful work of the Old Trouts. The lively, vivid set re-imagines this timeless play.

 A special thank you to our Open Rehearsal and Preview Sponsor, Rob Marland, Royal LePage Performance Realty who makes these sessions possible for NAC Foundation donors.

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