Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, a timeless story of the tortures of love, will be performed by Mission secondary’s drama department in the first and second week of May.
The story takes us on King Leontes of Sicilia’s (played by Alex McCall) emotional journey of suspicion, anger, jealousy, remorse and finally, reconciliation and true mature love.
Like all Shakespeare plays, it brings much comic relief to the stage in the pastoral scenes between rustics and thieves as well as magic and faith in the miracle of unconditional love.
Renowned for the most famous Shakespearean stage direction, ‘exit pursued by a bear,’ this play, one of his comedies and a later piece, is a composite of many familiar themes tried and true.
In modern terms and currently, it touches on the inequities in society bent on self serving short- sightedness, and the imbalance of power.
“I see now is the time that the unjust man doth thrive.”
Not to be missed, it offers something for everyone.
MSS’s Shakespearean production of The Winter’s Tale’ goes up May 3-5 and 10-12 this year in the school’s studio theatre at the northwest end.
Tickets are available by calling the school for reservations at 604-816-7191 or at the door contingent upon availability. The play starts at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30).