Workshop Announcement! Scene Work.

Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Exploration through Scene Work for Directors and Actors, with Colleen Wheeler.

This weekend workshop will allow actors and directors to examine, through scene work, Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’. The workshop will be lead by one of Vancouver’s foremost actors, seven time Jessie Richardson award winner, Colleen Wheeler. Her long-time association with Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach will add an extra dimension to our understanding of the Bard, and how to play him.

Colleen Wheeler is a long-time member of Bard on the Beach, having been last seen in Coriolanus, for which she received a Jessie nomination. She is the winner of 7 Jessie awards. Other recent Theatre: Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach); The Party/The Candidate (Citadel); Forget About Tomorrow and The Valley (Arts Club/Belfry). Recent Television and Film: Head of The Snake, Twilight Zone, Altered Carbon, Tully, and Hailey Dean Murder Mysteries. Colleen graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA (Acting) Program.

When: Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4 – 12pm to 6pm each day

Where: This is a zoom event with break out rooms. There are very few spaces left, so register soon!

Cost: TBC/ Fraser Valley Zone members – $100 per person or $400 per group.
Non-members $150 per person or $500 per group.

Click here to register online, and someone will contact you regarding payment.

For more information email:

COVID-19 Update

For all of our friends, patrons and lovers of Shakespeare, you’ll have realized that we, too, have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 virus. That has meant cancellation of our Bard on the Bandstand presentation of “As You Like It” for this summer. Don’t worry, though. We will be bringing Rosalind, Orlando, Celia, Touchstone and all their companions to the stage next summer in Mission, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. It may be re-imagined depending upon what needs to be done to satisfy virus protocols, but we can guarantee you’ll love it! Keep following our page for further updates regarding Bard on the Bandstand, and other Emerald Pig events.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe!

Important Announcement

Pitch Night Cancelled

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, Emerald Pig Theatrical Society has made the decision to cancel their upcoming Pitch Night until further notice. We regret any disappointment this may cause, however, we feel that while people are taking steps to self isolate in order to slow/prevent transmission of the disease, that this is the responsible course of action.

Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe!

Audition Date Added!

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Challenger

Emerald Pig Theatrical Society and Bard on the Bandstand are holding 1 additional day of auditions for the upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It“.

When are the Auditions?
Sunday, March 8 – 5pm to 8pm

Callbacks Tuesday, March 10 – by invitation

Where are the Auditions?
Multipurpose Room, Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6G2

Production Run Dates:
July 9 through 11 in Mission
July 16 through 18 in Maple Ridge
July 23 through 25 in Pitt Meadows

Additional Information:

  • Please let us know if you require a specific audition time, otherwise auditions will be first come-first served.
  • Please come prepared with a list of any dates you may not be available to rehearse.
  • Find the sides here.
    Actors may, if desired, prepare a monologue of their own choice in addition to the provided sides.
  • No experience with Shakespeare necessary! We’ll provide you with plenty of assistance to better understand and deliver your lines. Nothing to be afraid of – it’s just like regular acting but with silly talk!
  • There will be some dancing in the production, including the closing number. We have a choreographer who will work with the actors. There won’t be any complicated steps, so no formal dance training or experience is necessary, but is always welcome.
  • Rehearsals will commence on April 5 with a read through of the play. Rehearsals will usually be on Monday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons – subject to change.
  • This is a Non-Equity, Community Theatre Production.

If you require additional information please contact the Director, Simon Challenger, at

Emerald Pig PITCH NIGHT for 2020-2021

Calling all directors, producers, and theatre fans!

Is there a show that you’ve always wanted to see and be a part of in your community but never had the opportunity? Well, here it is!

The Emerald Pig Theatrical Society is hosting our spring ‘Pitch Night’ on Saturday, March 21, to choose productions for our next season of community theatre in the Ridge Meadows area.

We are looking for ideas and volunteers for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 productions, as well as Bard on the Bandstand 2021 – our summer Shakespeare in the park show.

Pitch Night offers a friendly, casual environment to pitch your ideas in person to the Emerald Pig Society board members and other attendees. If you have an idea but you’re not able to make it to Pitch Night, please send a write-up of your pitch to by Friday, March 20.

Pitches should be well thought-out and include:

  • The title and description of the play or other performance piece
  • Ideas about where it could be performed (theatre, church, park, arena, etc.) and the target audience
  • An estimate of the total number of cast and crew of volunteers that would be needed to make it happen
  • An estimate of the budget and ticket prices, if any

The performance ideas that are most likely to win over the board are those that are well thought-out and viable for an inclusive, volunteer-run community theatre group with modest financial resources.

The passion, creativity, and teamwork of Emerald Pig’s volunteers has carried us through over 16 fantastic seasons — please join us to help make our 17th season even better!

Emerald Pig Pitch Night 2020
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 5pm to 8pm

Please send your RSVP to for the location details.

We look forward to seeing you! Feel free to bring snacks!

Audition Sides for “As You Like It”

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Simon Challenger

Below you will find the Cast of Characters for our upcoming auditions. Click on the character name to download the Audition Side.

We can’t wait to meet you – break a leg!

Orlando de Boys, youngest son of Sir Rowland de Boys

Oliver de Boys, Orlando’s eldest brother

Adam, servant to Oliver, friend to Orlando

Rosalind, daughter of Duke Senior

Celia, cousin to Rosalind, daughter of Duke Frederick

Touchstone, a court fool

Duke Frederick, the usurper

Charles, a wrestler at Duke Frederick’s court

Le Beau, a courtier at Duke Frederick’s court

Duke Senior, exiled ruler, Duke Frederick’s older brother

Jaques, Lord attending Duke Senior

Hymen, God(ess) of marriage

Corin, a Shepherd

Silvius, a young shepherd

Phoebe, a shepherdess

Various Lords, attendants and musicians

For the Audition information (dates, location, etc.) click here.

If you require additional information please contact the Director, Simon Challenger, at

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