This year marks the seventh season of The Company of Adventurers, an Ottawa South young people’s theatre company dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare. Founded in 2011, the Company has been entertaining audiences with shows designed to appeal to viewers of all ages, from last year’s Romeo and Juliet to tragedies such as Macbeth and Hamlet to comedies such as Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
This year’s production, the controversial and rollicking The Taming of the Shrew, has long been an audience favourite, blending the madcap antics of Petruchio and Kate with the seemingly endless mistakes and mishaps of the romantic subplot as multiple suitors vie for the hand of Kate’s younger sister, Bianca. The play has been criticized for its dubious marital advice, but a careful reading suggests that its gender politics may be more complicated than at first seems to be the case, not least because the whole story is set as a play-within-a-play, an elaborate practical joke on a drunkard found snoozing outside an alehouse. Like all good comedy, from Shakespeare to Seinfeld, the jokes within jokes within jokes can make it hard to tell exactly where the irony ends. This year’s performance is definitely one of Shakespeare’s most high-spirited comedies, brimming with cunning suitors, counterfeit fathers, identity swaps, duplicitous music lessons, and at the heart of the action, one of Shakespeare’s most vivacious and strong-minded female characters.
Shows take place in the backyard of 57 Glen Avenue, which is gradually transformed over the summer months into a fully decorated stage, complete with a fifty-seat capacity. Admission is free − the actors pass a hat after each show to raise funds for a local charity. Last year, the Company raised over $3,100 for Harmony House, an Ottawa women’s shelter.
Come out and join us for the good humour and great music!
Friday, September 8, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 10, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, September 15, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 24, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, September 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Shows are cancelled if it rains.
Originally published in the September 2017 OSCAR.