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RIVER CLYDE: River tales return to New Glasgow

Catch a River by the Tale, the 2018 River Clyde Pageant.
Catch a River by the Tale, the 2018 River Clyde Pageant. - Contributed

The River Clyde Pageant has announced the first round of free workshops for summer 2019.

New Glasgow’s beloved summer theatre production will return and revisit last year’s Catch a River by the Tale.

Summer 2019 will advance last year’s exploration of land and water as a stage for imaginative spectacle and storytelling. Audiences can expect to see a combination of new and familiar sights upon the River Clyde and in the fields of Little Victory Microfarms this summer. The 2019 Pageant performance dates are July 27 to 28 and Aug. 2 to 4.

“Pageant workshops provide an exciting, hands-on way to participate in the making of this community production,” said Megan Stewart pageant producer and co-artistic director.

“It’s a really unique opportunity to learn new creative skills, collaborate with local and visiting artists, and experience the energy of the community that comes together to build this project each summer.”

Two new workshops will be offered by scenographer and puppeteer Ian McFarlane, while returning instructors will continue to coach performer and volunteers.

Scenic design and Woodcarving and marionette workshops with Ian McFarlane four-week workshop beginning in June. Open to all ages.  Will delve into large design projects and small puppet builds using driftwood, found materials and various woodcarving techniques.

Music workshop with Kathy Randels and Sean LaRocca June 11 to 23 in New Glasgow. Randels and LaRocca will lead singers and musicians through songwriting and improvisation processes inspired by the land and water. This workshop is open to musicians and vocalists of all ages and levels and takes place indoors and outdoors.

Movement workshop with Joanna Caplan twice weekly June 30 to July 18. Open to all ages and will create outdoor group choreography on land and water.

Stilt walking basics with Laura Astwood in early June. Open to new walkers and alumni.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the making of The River Clyde Pageant, especially those who are excited to sing loud, get their hands dirty, play and move outdoors. Workshop registration is now open, and additional workshops will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about the Pageant, the workshops and other upcoming activities, visit  

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