Winery venue picturesque setting for ‘Merry Wives’ play
For almost 20 years, audiences have been wooed each Summer by Shakespeare Kelowna’s productions of William Shakespeare’s best works whether in city parks or at local wineries.
The Shakespeare Kelowna Theatre Society has been attracting some of the brightest talent in the Okanagan, winning awards and accolades and presenting fun and entertaining shows as well as introducing theatre goers to great venues and views and this year is no exception.
“We have joined forces with the Okanagan Villa Estate Winery, home of the Vibrant Vine wine to present an amazing world class presentation of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare’s fun and hilarious story of the ‘bawdy’ Falstaff and his attempt to woo the wives of the richest men in the town,” said the show’s producer, Joe Williams.
The relationship between Okanagan Villa Estate Winery and Shakespeare Kelowna started last year after the critically acclaimed Hamlet was presented at the Mary Irwin Theatre.
“The spectacular views, and warm atmosphere of Okanagan Villa Estate Winery is perfect for our Summertime Shows,” said play director Stephen Jefferys.
“We are building a large stage, and have placed the show in the period, complete with ornate costumes, music and tremendous performances.”
The cast is an amazing collection of some of the best actors in the city alongside the experienced and knowledgeable Shakespeare Kelowna production crew, with the stage production set at the picturesque Okanagan Villa Estate Winery.
The production starts July 13 and runs every Wednesday through Saturday evenings until July 30. The show starts promptly at 7 p.m. so the audience should arrive early to get good seats.
Okanagan Villa Estate Winery has an area for picnics and encourages audience members to take advantage of it so as to experience everything this event has to offer.
Tickets are $25 and available through the Shakespeare Kelowna website: www.shakespearekelowna.org
Okanagan Villa Estate Winery is located at 3240 Pooley Rd, in East Kelowna and it’s easy to find. Drive to top of KLO road, turn right at McCullouch Station Pub and continue up the hill overlooking the Harvest Golf Club and watch for a left turn onto Pooley Road. Okanagan Villa Estate Winery is on the left side of the road.
More information about Okanagan Villa Estate Winery is available through the winery’s website at www.okanaganvilla.com.