2011 - The Winter's Tale
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The Sound Shell, Wellington Botanic Garden

As the sun sets and the shadows lengthen, another evening of Summer Shakespeare unfolds. The Victoria University of Wellington’s 2011 season of Summer Shakespeare brings you The Winter’s Tale, a tragicomedy embroidered with romance and brought to life in Wellington’s Botanic Garden.

When a powerful king falls in to a jealous and tyrannical fit, he loses everything that is important to him. But can the power of love triumph over fear and loss to bring redemption and reconciliation?

Directed by Lori Leigh and bringing together a cast of students and graduates from Victoria University of Wellington, Toi Whakaari, and Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art, this production explores Shakespeare’s timeless play of prophecies, romance, drama, comedy, and wild bears through the “here and now” of rural New Zealand, bringing pastoral and theatrical magic to true blue sheep country. Come delight the senses and indulge the summer wiles with Summer Shakespeare 2011 The Winter’s Tale. Picnics optional, but very recommended.

PRODUCTION TEAM 

Producer ALISON WALLS
Production Manager DAVID GOLDTHORPE
Stage Manager DEBBIE FISH
Assistant Stage Manager ANNIE HUBBARD
Assistant Stage Manager THOMAS PEPPERELL
Assistant to the Director ELLE WOOTTON
Set Designer SOPHIA HANOVER
Costume Designer JANE WENLEY
Costume Assistant ELLE WOOTTON
Lighting Designer NIGEL PERCY
Music (Composition and Performance) MATT & KELLY IRVINE
Marketing & Publicity PHIL REED
Graphic Design JENN HADLEY
Voice SOPHIE HAMBLETON & D’ARCY SMITH
Director LORI LEIGH

CAST 

THOSE OF SICILIA


LEONTES, the King JONATHAN PRICE
HERMIONE, his wife AMY USHERWOOD
MAMILLIUS, their young son CLARE WILSON
PERDITA, their daughter, born in prison and abandoned in Bohemia STELLA REID
EMILIA, a lady, attendant to Hermione XANDA EVES
CAMILLO, a councillor to Leontes KARIN McCRACKEN
ANTIGONUS, married to Paulina HAYDEN FROST
PAULINA, wife to Antigonus, friend to Hermione SOPHIE HAMBLETON
JAILER, to Hermione SHAUN McMASTER
MARINER MICHAEL POHL
LORDS MICHAEL POHL, OSCAR WEST, JOSEPH BAXTER, TRAVIS GRAHAM, SHAUN McMASTER, THEO TAYLOR
LADIES DEBORAH REA, SOPHIE SARGENT
TIME, as Chorus COMPANY


THOSE OF BOHEMIA


POLIXENES, the King TOM CLARKE
FLORIZEL, his son, who calls himself Doricles JOSEPH BAXTER
OLD SHEPHERD, thought to be the mother of Perdita LAURA BALMFORTH
THE CLOWN, her son TRAVIS GRAHAM
MOPSA, a shepherdess CLARE WILSON
DORCAS, a shepherdess LOUISE BURSTON
AUTOLYCUS, a rogue THEO TAYLOR
THE BEAR, ITSELF
SHEPHERDS and SHEPHERDESSES COMPANY