Improvements coming to the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Site - Federal government invests in upgrades to roof and sound system

SASKATOON, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing a total of $12,508 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival to improve its main tent and sound system.

Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), made the announcement today on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

Improvements to the site include a new roof skin for the main tent structure to increase the safety for staff, artists, community groups and visitors. Upgrades also consist of purchasing a modernized sound system including a digital soundboard, a laptop and software for cue production and playback, speakers, a subwoofer, cables and an audio snake. This updated sound system will better meet the various needs of artists, allowing for top-quality performances.

Quick Facts

  • Each summer, the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival produces and presents two full-scale Shakespeare productions in a large tent on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon.

  • For its 30th edition in 2014, the Festival will present Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. The Festival dates are July 9 to August 24.

  • In the last two years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013), the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has financially contributed to a total of 187 projects across Canada.

Quotes

"Making sure communities have access to safe and adequate facilities where artistic creativity can take place is essential. Today, our Government is helping to ensure top-notch performances continue to be offered on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon."

—Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Thanks to this investment, the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival will enhance its existing performance space. I am proud that our Government is supporting these improvements, which will allow residents and visitors alike to continue enjoying live, quality theatre in a beautiful natural setting."

Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin)

"This Government of Canada funding makes an immense difference for our organization. It means that this year we can serve our community better than ever before. We are thrilled with this support."

Will Brooks, Artistic Producer, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival

Associated Links

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

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