Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival (Ticket Giveaway)

Image courtesy of the Shaw Festival.

As I mentioned in this post, one of my goals this new year is to expose myself and my family to more of the arts, in particular galleries, museums and theatrical performances. We do some of these activities each season, but not as much as we would like. It's sometimes difficult to fit in excursions once work, household tasks and the kids' scheduled activities are out of the way.

But it's important that we make the effort. When time and funds are short, schools typically reduce the time that kids spend involved in the arts. They focus on training the left brain (with math, science, etc.) and leave the right brain to fend for itself. That's where parents come in. With kids focused so much on electronics nowadays, I think it's even more important that we hand them art materials, craft kits and paper, encouraging them to give their creativity free reign. And part of unearthing your own creativity is witnessing the creativity of others - paintings and sculptures in a gallery, musical performances and theatrical productions. Oh, and ballet. I really want to see the ballet soon!

With this is mind, I'm super thrilled to be attending a performance of the Shaw Festival's production of Alice in Wonderland this spring. Last year we were fortunate to see the Shaw Fest's production of Peter and the Starcatcher. We were so impressed by the quality of the production and, most of all, the skills and talents of the actors.

As a bonus, Shaw Festival performances take place at theatres around beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. If you haven't been there before (or even if you have), be sure to make a day or two out of it. This picturesque little town is not to be missed! And it's right down the road from Niagara Falls. And don't forget it's wine country too! So much to do...

About The Production


Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival is a fascinating take on the beloved 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll - a newly commissioned adaptation written especially for the Shaw acting company. The play is set on a summer day in 1862. Alice Little and her two sisters are told a story about a little girl, a white rabbit and a trip down a hole into a world like no other. There will be stunning visuals, theatrical magic, original songs and inspiring characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle and the Queen of Hearts.

Watch as Alice tries to make sense of this world of grown-up nonsense. A magical musical experience for children and the child inside of you! "Three years ago, Peter Hinton came to me with the idea of adapting Alice in Wonderland specifically for our company," notes Jackie Maxwell, Artistic Director. "I was thrilled. We assembled a crack creative team who have since worked tirelessly – meeting, workshopping, rethinking, recreating, re-workshopping… and on. The result is a beautiful piece of theatre that merges a deep love and knowledge of the Victorian period with striking, innovative contemporary technology – truly a feast for all members of the family.”

I just know that it's going to be great! "This really is the best ride this summer - the ride down the rabbit hole," says Jackie Maxwell. Watch this video in which Jackie talks further about the production.





Visit the Shaw Fest online to see what other great productions are scheduled in 2016. And be sure to enter below for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see Alice in Wonderland this May!

What kind of arts events and/or activities would you like to see/do more of this year?


Connect With The Shaw Festival


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shawfestival
Twitter: @ShawTheatre
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Enter to Win a 4-Pack of Tickets to Alice in Wonderland - The World Premiere!


Enter using the rafflecopter widget below (until February 23rd) for your chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see an Alice in Wonderland performance of your choice in May.

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*I received special perks in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.

41 comments:

  1. Husband and I have actually been talking about seeing more plays at Shaw. We love going to Niagara On The Lake

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    1. I love going there too - just soaking up the atmosphere! And the plays are awesome!

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    2. We love the peach festival! Never miss it!

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  2. we would love to check out more music shows showcasing local talents, just haven't found a time that worked for us

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  3. Id love to travel more and I have just been saying I'd love to see a show ! Last one was a few years ago , but I loved it !

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  4. I love theater and started going to more shows around me. It feels great to see what's going on!

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  5. I'd like to see more contemporary production this year from new generation of directors & performers.

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  6. I would like to attend more concerts this summer.

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  7. I'd like to go hiking more this summer.

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  8. I would like to see more plays. I keep asking parents instead of more stuff more experiences.

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  9. Heading to the Shaw Theatre is on my list or I'd like to go to a musical. Thanks for giving.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  10. I'd like to make time for some more live theater.

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  11. I would love to enrich my children by viewing more live theatre.

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  12. My husband and I used to attend more plays and now that our children are getting older, I think it would be great to get back into that again! Plus our children would enjoy it also!

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  13. Thanks for the chance- hope I win :)

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  14. I would like to get out hiking more often

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  15. Would love to expose my children to some live theatre!

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  16. I love concerts and theatre especially the ones outdoors.

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  17. I want to attend more local live theatre in order to support amateur groups.

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  18. I love dance. I usually go at least twice a year, but haven't seen any this year!

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  19. love to see more production geared towards teens.

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  20. I would love to see more live music of all kinds.

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  21. We'd love to see more live theatre performances as a family.

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  22. This year there is a lot of great theatre playing in Southern Ontario for families! There's so much we want to see - Alice is high on our list, so is The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in Stratford, and Matilda in Toronto. Would also like to go the AGO :)

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  23. Would love to see this! Really hope I can surprise my family with the tickets! :) We are planning to go see Macbeth in England and Stratford this year! Lion, Witch & Wardrobe looks fantastic too!

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  24. My daughter has Broadway dreams, so I take her to any live theatre we can get our eyes on! :-) Thanks for the chance.

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  25. I would love to go to more live theatre performances as well as see a ballet

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  26. Don't get me started.. wow. I want to find stuff that bridges the gap between what I like (well known musicals and stories I guess-- I'm pretty open) and my hubby (he likes sports mostly.. but I know I can make him fall in love with theatre) and moreso than that.. I want to try everything and experience alot of out of the house entertainment this year.

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  27. Living in Stratford, I never seem to get to the musicals and I really want to see them this year (I still can't believe I missed The Sound of Music!) (Suzi)

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  28. I need to go to the theatre more often!

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  29. Definitely want to see more live theatre. I have always loved it but it has been pushed to the back burner while my son was young. He turns 10 this week. Time to get more exposure to the arts!

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  30. I'd love to see more live music & theatre, we haven't been to the Shaw Festival in ages when we used to got almost every year.

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  31. I would like to spend more time attending live music and performance art events - especially theatre. We are so blessed to have things like the Shaw Festival close by to use here in Ontario, and we should really take advantage of it more often!

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  32. Id like to take my kids to more museums

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  33. I would love to do Stratford Festival

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  34. Musicals! There is just something about them.

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  35. My family enjoys live theatre very much. We would like to attend more performances at the Shaw.

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