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Deadline to Sign Up for Shaw Festival Trip is Friday, March 15

Brigadoon is an enchanted Scottish village 
that appears out of the mist one day every 
century so it can be seen and even visited
by outsiders.
Those who go on Hamilton-Gibson’s 15th annual Shaw Festival Day Trip on Saturday, May 11 will see "Brigadoon," a musical about an enchanted Scottish village that seems protected from the growing corruption of the outside world by magically living in the past. This show is suitable for all ages. The performance will be given in the 856-seat Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Spending a Saturday afternoon in the “loveliest town in Ontario, Canada” can inspire Twin Tiers residents to begin “thinking spring” as they experience this historic village's floral parks and walkways, period homes, and fine shops and restaurants.

What would you give up for love? Tommy, a modern man, stumbles upon Brigadoon, a village that appears out of the Scottish mist for one day every 100 years, and falls in love with Fiona. Should he stay with her in Brigadoon or return to the world he knows and never see her again?

"Brigadoon" features a feast of song and dance that has been entrancing audiences for more than seven decades. The music was composed by Frederick Loewe with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, the team behind "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot." It first opened on Broadway in 1947. Among the show's well-loved classic songs are "Come To Me, Bend To Me," "Almost Like Being in Love," and of course, "Brigadoon."

Coordinators Craig Devenport and his wife, April conducted this one-day trip for the first time last year on behalf of the Hamilton-Gibson community theatre arts group. "When Larry Biddison announced he was willing to mentor anyone interested in serving as coordinator, my wife and I jumped at the opportunity to continue this valuable contribution to HG's offerings," Craid said. "April and I had gone on the Shaw Festival day trip for a number of years with Larry as coordinator. What we enjoy about it is the bus leaves and returns at a reasonable hour, sharing the experience with friends of HG, revisiting the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and seeing a quality play," he added.

“By taking advantage of group rates, we are able to keep the cost reasonably low while supporting Hamilton-Gibson’s ongoing educational and cultural outreach mission,” said Craig. “The cost of this year’s trip is a bargain at $130 per person. That is less than half the price of a single ticket," he said. Included is round trip bus fare and a reserved seat to see "Brigadoon" at 2 p.m. on May 11. Hearing devices are provided free for those who request them. Meals are not included.

The Shaw Festival Day Trip is open to adults and to children accompanied by adults. All must have valid passports. "It can take four to six weeks to get a passport," Craig noted. "Between now and May 11, the day of the trip, nine weeks remain so there is still plenty of time to get one."

Benedict’s Bus Service will provide transportation for Hamilton-Gibson’s professional theatrical outing. The bus will leave the Whitneyville terminal at 6:40 a.m. on May 11 and return by 9:30 p.m. People can also get on and off the bus in Mansfield, Pa. and Painted Post, N.Y. en route to Canada and back to Whitneyville.

Eighteen seats are still available. Reservations and full payment will be accepted on a first-come basis through Friday, March 15.

For information about the HG trip or for reservation forms, contact Craig Devenport at 570-971-2455 or crd2864@ptd.net. To learn more about the Shaw Festival, visit www.shawfest.com

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