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Catch a River By the Tale in New Glasgow

The 2018 River Clyde Pageant comes to life on the banks of the River Clyde this month with a new format and story. 

Catch a River by the Tale is the third edition of this annual production, directed by Ker Wells and Megan Stewart, in collaboration with local community members and artists from across Canada and the United States. The performance dates are July 28 to 29 and August 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 pm.

This year’s Pageant invites audiences to a natural riverside amphitheatre in the fields of Little Victory Microfarms in New Glasgow. Arriving on the hillside, they will be treated to a performance featuring performers of all ages, including stilt-walkers, musicians, dancers and giant puppets. The performance will feature spectacle upon the river itself. Each performance concludes with a long-table meal prepared by Chef Emily Wells for audience and performers in the fields of Little Victory at dusk. Upstreet Brewery will serve craft beer on tap.

The River Clyde Pageant comes to life each year thanks to the dedication and involvement of a large team of local volunteers. There are many opportunities for the public to contribute to this unique event, as performers, puppeteers, musicians and production volunteers. Three unique workshops are on offer throughout July, led by professional artists from New Orleans, Toronto and Calgary.

Following the New York premiere of their show The Sea of Common Catastrophe, Kathy Randels and Sean LaRocca arrive in PEI to lead The Singing River from July 2 to 8, a workshop exploring vocal songwriting and music improvisation. 

Theatre artist Joanna Caplan will teach twice-weekly explorations of outdoor choreography and creative movement from June 28 to July 22 in the Dancing with the River workshops. 

Puppet builder Ian MacFarlane is offering drop-in building workshops where participants can create small and large-scale puppets, with the option of performing with them in the Pageant. Sign up at www.riverclydepageant.com/get-involved.

Tickets for Catch a River by the Tale are admission by donation and must be booked at www.riverclydepageant.com

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