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Spring 2004 | Volume 26, Number 6 | Alumni

Bard on the Beach: This Summer, Watch Shakespeare in Vancouver, B.C.

SINCE 1999, SEATTLE PACIFIC alumni, Fellows and friends have traveled south to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, for camaraderie and culture. This year, however, the tour will head north for “Bard on the Beach,” a Shakespeare festival in Vancouver, British Columbia. Plays scheduled for viewing by the SPU group are the tragedy “Macbeth” and the comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“We do a lot of fun things through the Alumni Office,” says Kathy Hitchcock, associate director for alumni relations. “But I’m a Shakespeare fan, and this is one of my favorite things to do.”

As in previous years, Fan Gates, professor emerita of English, will lecture about each play prior to its performance and lead discussion afterward. Teachers can even receive continuing education credits for the weekend. “It’s gratifying to see how our group loves to wrestle with interpreting any play we’ve seen,” says Gates. “At debriefing sessions, several hands will typically be in the air at once. Being with this group is an English professor’s dream: intelligent, curious people sharing ideas and interpretations.”

SPU’s two-day “Bard on the Beach” tour will take place July 10–11. The cost is $290 per person (double-occupancy), which includes roundtrip Amtrak tickets between Seattle and Vancouver, a night at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, tickets for both performances, transportation to and from the hotel to the theatre, and pre- and post-performance lectures.

To register, call 800/281-ALUM or visit The deadline for registration is June 10.

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