Stratford News

With new, athletic choreography and a lucky, last-minute cast change, Crazy for You fresh and fun


The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is a 1000 piece puzzle from Eurographics. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

By Donal O’Connor, The Beacon Herald
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crazy for You, says director/choreographer Donna Feore, may be the biggest musical ever at the Stratford Festival.

First performed in New York in 1992, the blockbuster show featuring songs by Ira and George Gershwin and lots of dancing was widely acclaimed, winning several Drama Desk and Tony awards.

Feore has dusted it off and polished it for Stratford’s Festival Theatre, adding some athletic dancing that goes beyond the all-tap original.

The demands are high for both the male and female ensembles, said the director in a pre-season interview when preview shows were already on stage.

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Shakespeare’s rarely produced play impresses with simplicity


Shakespearean Fantasy is a 1000 piece puzzle available from Sunsout. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

By Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald
Thursday, May 29, 2014

King John is one of those rarely produced Shakespeare plays that, after seeing this production, makes you wonder why that’s the case.

In the hands of director Tim Carroll, it’s crystal clear – and he creates for his audiences a unique experience in the theatre.

While not the best production at the Stratford Festival this season, it is definitely worth seeing. If history is any indication it could be a decade before it’s produced at the Festival again. It was last done in 2004.

There’s something refreshing about seeing one of Shakespeare’s more obscure offerings. Perhaps the expectations and comparisons fall away and the play really does become the thing.

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Colm Feore gives a magical performance as Shakepeare’s King Lear in Stratford Festival opener


All the World’s a Stage is a 1500 piece puzzle from Sunsout. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

By Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:49:40 EDT AM

“I try to be nice to my children. They’ll be picking my retirement home.”

A joke, but not a joke, recently spoken by a local mother with young adult children.

The vulnerability of old age affects us all—even kings. King Lear, too, expects his children to care for him in his old age but finds himself unwanted.

The play opens with homeless men wandering through the night and the sounds of dogs barking. It’s instantly menacing and a taste of what’s to come.

All of the regret of aging, betrayal, madness and foolishness are magnified 100 times in King Lear.

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Flower Show June 7, 2014 at Knox


Flower Market is a 1000 piece puzzle from Cobble Hill. It is available at the Book Vault in Stratford, Ontario.

The Stratford and District Horticultural Society will hold a Flower Show on June 7, 2014, entitled Summer Dreams.

Knox Presbyterian Church will be the location, and the event runs from 11:30am to 3pm.

Lunch will be available to purchase along with some tasty treats. There will also be a draw table of items to win.

The Stratford Camera Club will participate again this year with a display of photos, and the Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your garden.

Admission is free.

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New bike tours provide another tourism boost


Hamburger Haven is a 500 piece puzzle from Cobble Hil, It is available in store at the Book Vault

By Laura Cudworth, The Beacon Herald
Friday, May 23, 2014 2:16:52 EDT PM

The wheels started turning for Frank Herr when visitors began asking if there are any bike tours around the city.

Herr was already renting bikes at the Boathouse but the idea of a guided tour intrigued him. He approached the Stratford Tourism Alliance with the idea and for the first time this summer visitors can wind their way through the city with a knowledgeable guide. The guided bike tours launch on Heritage Weekend June 7-8.

“We came up with a two-hour tour, one hour with the guide and one hour they can explore on their own,” Herr said.

The bike tours will run three days a week into September.

Full article on The Beacon Herald’s website

Job fair June 5, 2014 at Rotary


Our Heroes is a 1000 piece puzzle from Springbok. It is available in store at The Book Vault.

The City of Stratford and Partners in Employment will be hosting a job fair at the RBC Arena in the Rotary Complex from 11am to 5pm on June 5.

The job fair will provide an opportunity for job-seekers to meet directly with employers, including FIO, DYNA-MIG, Aisin, Henderickson, Hayashi, and Stackpole.

Local employers are searching for employees ranging from general labourers to welders, electricians, millwrights, and other skilled trades.

Individuals lacking a certain skill or level of education will have the opportunity to meet with local employment service providers who will assist them in becoming viable candidates for employment.

Employers interested in participating or those requesting additional information are asked to contact Deb Hotchkiss at Partners in Employment directly at 519-272-1946 ext. 223 or

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New cycling club in Stratford set to hit the road


Bicycle in France is a 1000 piece puzzle from Clementoni. It is available at the Book Vault.

By Mike Beitz, The Beacon Herald

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:02:42 EDT AM

Local cyclists are getting pumped about a new club in the city geared toward two-wheelers.

Cycle Stratford will officially launch May 25 from 2-4 p.m. with a series of bike-friendly events at the Kiwanis Community Centre, highlighted by an inaugural ride.

“We’re pretty excited about this,” said Gordon Sherwin, president of the recently formed club. “I think it’s going to be really good.”

The idea for Cycle Stratford first started to gain traction about a year ago following a Share the Road presentation at the Rotary Complex, which focused on safe transportation for local cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

Since then, a core group of cycling enthusiasts has been working to incorporate the new club, develop bylaws and secure insurance.

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New cycling club in Stratford set to hit the road

Parkview United Church Strawberry Supper June 18, 2014


Train Dreams at Gallery Stratford


More info at Gallery Stratford’s website

Stratford Festival Forum