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Offstage, Onstage: Inside the Stratford Festival

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In Offstage Onstage: Inside the Stratford Festival Stratford cameras go backstage during an entire season to capture the creative spirit at the heart of a treasured Canadian theatre company.

For five decades, the Festival's stage has been home to the world's great plays and performers. Award-winning director John N. Smith (The Boys of St. Vincent), given unprecedented access backstage, offers a fascinating look at the personalities and the production process behind live theatre performance.

Peek into William Hutt's dressing room as he does his vocal warm-ups before Twelfth Night. Watch Martha Henry command the stage in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Observe an up-and-coming generation of young performers who learn from the masters. Meet dozens of artists, craftspeople and technicians who reveal their secrets, from shoemaking, sword fighting and sound effects to makeup and mechanical monkeys.

Join us behind the scenes of Canada's premier classical theatre institution...and discover the love for the stage that drives this artistic company.

2002, 83 min

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