Bard on the Beach is the largest Shakespeare festival in Western Canada. It runs annually from June to September in Vanier Park, Vancouver. Their goal is to perform, celebrate and dig deep into the famous work of William Shakespeare. For English 10 classes this festival is coming to Riverside between January 18-20 to present famous literature and enchanting plays and performances with Bard in the Classroom workshops.

B.O.T.B performs many different plays and pieces of Shakespeare; they’re most famous one was their first written piece in 1990 on opening night featuring A Midsummer Night’s Dream and another famous presentation is The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s shortest and one of his most humorous farces. When they come to Riverside, they will be performing Much Ado about Nothing, a comedic play by Shakespeare written in 1598-1599.

English teachers Ms. Jennifer Nelson, Ms. Sheri Thomasen and Mr. Brian Barazzuol are hosting this event at Riverside and English students are looking forward to partake in this.

“Going down to B.O.T.B each year, it’s very entertaining, plays are meant to be seen and heard, not just read. My favorite play of Shakespeare is Romeo and Juliet, a classic story with a fresh new start,” said Nelson.

B.O.T.B doesn’t just perform regular plays on stage, they’ve performed several different types of shows. You can go watch spectacles of Shakespeare with the fresh smell of grills with Bard-B-Q and Fireworks. There are also Family Opera nights, and learn the exercises these actors practice every day and improve your acting and poetry skills with Bard Unbound. Public talk sessions and questions are always available with Bard Explored where everyone can get info on plays, poetry and more.