KWLT Presents: Battle of the Bards!
Launched in 2001, Battle of the Bards is a showcase event where you never know what you’re going to get. It’s an opportunity for amateur entertainers to hone their craft. Battle of the Bards has featured a wide variety of performance styles (ranging from the traditional to the never-before-tried). Quite simply, if you’ve ever come across a random person doing something completely off-the-wall and amusing, it would probably make a pretty good Bards act.
Bards has also welcomed many practiced and polished entertainers, and regardless of how experienced the performers are, they’re cheered on by a friendly and encouraging audience that wants to see them succeed. At Bards, we’re all in it together—hosts, performers, and audience—and that’s what makes it special. The energy and enthusiasm of a Bards show is unlike any other KWLT production.
Battle of the Bards was founded by John Milne, an accomplished actor and musician who has performed in many KWLT productions. He was succeeded by Russ Wong, who lacks John’s acting abilities, but makes up for it by being, amongst other things, shorter.
You wouldn’t think that’s an advantage, and it probably isn’t. Either way, you’re stuck with Russ until John moves back to KW or we find someone better than both of them.
Russ is supported by a fantastic team of five people (Albert O’Connor, Carrie Elg, Carrie Warner, Chris Rovers, and Jessica Koteles) who manage front of house and technical requirements for the show.
The best part of Battle of the Bards is a constantly changing roster of performers. For every show, we welcome between 6-8 acts, all of which get seven minutes to do their thing (whatever that thing may be). Some have appeared on the Bards stage numerous times, while others are trying it out for the first time.
At the end of each show, the audience votes for the best two performances, with the winners receiving tickets to an upcoming KWLT production.
As for the performances themselves, Battle of the Bards has had:
• Lots and lots of musicians, poets, jugglers, and actors
• Comedians and magicians
• Performance carpenters
• Fruit carvers (I don’t know what else to call this)
• Contortionists and escape artists (actually, those were both Russ)
In our view, almost anything can be performance art. The only question is what you have to do to make it entertaining, and that’s what we try to find out at Bards.
One of our goals with Bards is to bring new people to KWLT, and we don’t want any barriers to participation. As such, admission is free! Donations are appreciated to cover the theatre’s operating costs, but it’s more important that you come out and join in the fun.
Where: Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre, 9 Princess St. E. Waterloo
When: November 9, 2012
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