THE SHAW FESTIVAL: BEHIND THE CURTAIN
PBS Broadcast – Friday, July 19 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV
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Offering unprecedented access, “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain” captures a unique approach to theatre at one of North America’s longest-running, most distinctive and exciting theatre companies. Following the process of getting plays from page to stage, this documentary provides insight into the production at a world-renowned repertory theatre festival.
Each year from April through October, the Shaw Festival presents 10 to 12 plays on four stages attracting patrons from all over the world. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada – the heart of Niagara wine country – the Shaw Festival’s extended schedule has actors and directors working on several plays at once. Over eight months, crews design and build sets on a finely-honed schedule that is frenetic, creative and amazingly well-planned and executed.
At the heart of the Shaw Festival’s uniqueness is its permanent acting company – The Ensemble. “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain” explores the work that goes into their productions of “Come Back, Little Sheba” and “Hedda Gabler,” and how the repertory theatre company works.
Behind the scenes, the program explores the work of designers, props and set builders, costume and wig makers and backstage crews. The result is a revealing and intimate portrait of the Shaw Festival, the theatres, the creative process and the passionate teams that bring the art to life.
“The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain” is a production of Forevergreen Television and Film Productions Inc., in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.
Funding provided by The John R. Oishei Foundation, Rogers Documentary Fund, and Rogers Cable Network Fund. Additional support from Martha & Tom Hyde, Margaret & Jim Fleck, The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation, The Peter C. Cornell Trust, and Susan B. and Richard V. Lee. With participation from The Government of Canada - The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program and The Ontario Media Development Corporation.