Sunday August 25th will see the third annual Bard on the Virtual Beach festival take place on Nowhereville Beach in Second Life.
Bard on the Virtual Beach, brought to SL by Storyfests SL and Stories Unlimited, is a celebration of the works of William Shakespeare in an informal beachfront setting – a kind of sun, sand and sonnets, you might say.
On hand for the event, which kicks-off at noon SLT on August 25th, will be some of the finest voices in Second Life, all there (with their avatars!) to bring you some of the finest moments from the works of the world’s greatest playwright, complete with a couple of special interpretations!
The schedule, as it currently stands, is given below. Please do be aware that the order of events is subject to change, particularly should real life intrude, so please keep an eye on the Storyfest SL website for updates and for the final time slots.
- Scenes from Romeo and Juliet: with Basilique Performing Arts (on stream with music and dance)
- Scenes from The Merry Wives of Windsor (Act II, Scene 1) and King John (Act II, Scene 1): with Ada Radius and Avajean Westland
- Sonnet Break!: with Freda Frostbite
- “The Duke of Bridgewater presents his interpretation of Hamlet’s Soliloquy” from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: with BigRed Coyote
- Hamlet (Act III, Scene 3): with Caledonia Skytower and Em Jannings
- The Merchant of Venice (Act I, Scene 2): with Ada Radius and Avajean Westland
- The Merchant of Venice (Act I, Scene 3): with Yunus Nyn of TALIA and friend (In Spanish, English translation provided)
- Titus Andronicus (Act III, Scene 1): with Kayden Oconnell
- Sonnet Break!: with TBA
- As You Like It (Act 3, Scene 2): with Bhelanna Blaze and Roderic Unplugged
- Macbeth (Act I, Scene 7): with Gyro Muggins
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act II, Scene 1): with Ada Radius and Avajean Westland
- Scenes from Much Ado About Nothing “How Two Wayward Wits Fall in Love”: with Caledonia Skytower and Kayden Oconnell
- Selection from The Tempest (TBA): with Crap Mariner.
Bard on the Virtual Beach takes place in an informal setting, with minimal sets and props, in a partial reproduction of the Globe Theatre. The audience is invited to sit on the benches or on the sand and enjoy the passage of an afternoon in good company. The festival is free to all, but gratuities will be accepted on behalf of the event’s beneficiary, War Child North America.
War Child strives to empower children and young people to flourish within their communities and overcome the challenges of living with, and recovering from, conflict. To achieve this, War Child works collaboratively with those communities to increase access to education, overcome the obstacles of poverty and create a protective environment for the rights of children and youth. The ultimate goal of War Child is that someday we will live in a world where no child knows war.