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Harold Hill’s Guide to the Stratford Festival

December 5, 2017 by Anne Berkowitz
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Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to one of the greatest theatrical festivals this world has ever seen: The Stratford Festival! I am Professor Harold Hill, swindler and star of the festival’s upcoming production of The Music Man, here to tell you all the reasons to go out and see some phenomenal Theatre with a capital T in the lovely town of Stratford. With TodayTix, you can start saving today on the 2018 Stratford Festival, starting this April. Tickets make a great gift for a special someone (including yourself!), so check out the fantastic lineup of plays and musicals that will be presented in the New Year.

So what the heck? You’re welcome!

The Stratford Festival features productions for audiences of all ages. Head to Stratford with the whole family for an unforgettable experience!

 

Skip the Pool Hall and Enter to Win a Getaway!

If you’re looking for a lucky break, don’t head to the corrupt Pool Hall to play a game with those libertine men and scarlet women. Instead, enter to win a Stratford Weekend Getaway. From December 6th until December 11th, you can enter to win 2 tickets to both The Rocky Horror Show and The Music Man (starring yours truly), a 2 night stay, and transportation to Stratford, Ontario. You’ll also receive access to an exclusive 1 day only presale on December 12th.

 

Meet Me at the Footbridge.

River City, Iowa isn’t the only small town with charm, you know. Stratford is a pretty little city full of delightful treasures, like a footbridge (pictured above) comparable to the one where I wooed my sweet Marian. Stratford is also home to a Shakespearean garden, enchanting antique stores, gift shops, organic food, the gorgeous Avon River, and even a duck pond. It’s the perfect place to plan a getaway where you can bask in the magic of theatre.

 

“And There Was Music…”

“…they tell me!” Did you know that superstar singer and drummer Justin Bieber is from Stratford? Beloved soprano, composer, and multitalented musician Loreena McKennitt also grew up in Stratford, and still lives there. The Beatles-like band The Revols also formed in Stratford. Something tells me that there is something musically wonderful in the air at Stratford, giving you more reason to check out the musicals playing at the upcoming Stratford Festival. I doubt anything will compare to a parade led by 76 trombones, however…

 

Quote Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other high-falutin’ Greeks.

The saying I declare in the song Trouble is, “the idle brain is the devil’s playground,” which means that if you don’t keep your mind occupied, you’ll find yourself bored and in bad water! A theatre festival is arguably the best way to keep the mind occupied, especially one as extensive as the world-renowned Stratford Theatre Festival. While I’ve only mentioned musicals so far (I am partial to music, after all) the festival produces much more. Of course, it features Shakespeare (it’s in Canada’s version of Stratford-Upon-Avon, after all), including the upcoming production of Julius Caesar starring Seana McKenna and Jonathan Goad. Yet the festival also includes a variety of both classic and contemporary plays. Be sure to check out all the productions in the 2018 Stratford Festival, which have already been announced on their website!

 

As I say to Marian, “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you’ve collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.” So while the festival may be months away, you won’t want to delay in planning your special experience today! Keep alerted on TodayTix for seats to the 2018 Stratford Festival. Don’t forget to enter the Stratford Weekend Getaway, starting December 6th!

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