Every year the Shaw Guild has a wonderful lineup of events and activities available for members. Here is a list of the events for 2019.
REMINDER: Guild events are for members only. Badges must be worn and are not transferable.
Newbie Secret Theatre – February 2
The first performance experience of incoming Shaw Ensemble members, as a culmination of their work in the Slaight Family Academy Intensive was open to Shaw Guild Members only. Space was limited to 25 people.
Scene Shop Visit – March 18
Guild members were invited to view the set and scenery under construction for upcoming productions. The Shaw’s design and construction heads, discuss the set planning and construction process. This discussion illustrates the challenges faced in addressing often-conflicting dramatic and practical issues.
Spring Preview Luncheon and Show and Tell – April 15
Guild Members are invited to a fantastic luncheon in the Festival Lobby, followed by a presentation on the season’s highlights from a Shaw senior staff member. Cost of the luncheon is $25 per person. The theme is Brigadoon, so you are welcome to attend dressed in your kilts and tartans!!
Wandelprobe for Brigadoon – April 26 – Arrive by 6:20 p.m. please
The Wandelprobe is one of the most exciting rehearsals for any musical production. It is, as Glynis Leyshon puts it, the “maestro’s rehearsal”. This is the first time the Ensemble will be onstage, and the orchestra will be in the pit. Essentially, it is the first time the full implication of the music of the production will be experienced by the cast and the creative team . . . and you!
Garden Tour – June 8
This annual fundraising garden tour showcases magnificent secret gardens in lovely old town Niagara-on-the-Lake. Meander through seven gardens and discover many varieties of lush plants, beautiful trees, and stunning perennials nestled around historic homes. For more information, see the Garden Tour page.
Summer Celebration – July 15
Join your fellow Guild members for fun, food and refreshments on a summer day on the Members’ Terrace. Watch for ticket information and be sure to register early as space is limited.
Cricket Match: Shaw vs Stratford – August (date to be confirmed)
Each year, the Shaw Festival and Stratford Festival challenge each other to a cricket match – a true test of which festival is best! Guild members are encouraged to come and cheer on our wonderful team. In 2019, the match will be held in Stratford.
Prop and Warehouse Tour – September 25
One way to experience the magic of theatre is to join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing collection of fantastic props, period pieces and costumes (not to mention the SHOES!) that go into making a Shaw production so authentic. Guild Members will get a chance to have a guided tour of the Shaw’s Prop and Wardrobe warehouse in St. Davids.
Members’ Day – November 5
Shaw Festival senior management will provide a sneak preview of the next season’s playbill.
Annual General Meeting – November 24
The Shaw Guild executive committee will take you through the year in the Shaw Guild and discuss what achievements have been made and what changes we may see in 2020.