Stratford Festival

Because Every Great Show Needs a Strong Supporting Cast

The Music Man promotional poster

Blythe Wilson and Sean Arbuckle. Photography by Lynda Churilla.

For more than 60 years, the Stratford Festival has been delighting and inspiring audiences of all ages - and Union Gas has been a proud member of the ensemble for 48 of those years.

The Festival held its inaugural performance in 1953, when Academy Award-winning actor Sir Alec Guinness uttered the famous opening lines of Shakespeare's Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York."

From that amazing beginning, the Festival has gone on to become North America's premier repertory theatre as well as an iconic presence on the Canadian cultural landscape.

Over the years, appearances by such noted actors as Maggie Smith in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Christopher Plummer in A Word or Two have further enhanced the Festival's international stature and Stratford's reputation as a dynamic community.

A long partnership

"For nearly half our history, which spans more than 100 years, we've partnered with the Festival to enrich the lives of Canadians, of aspiring young artists and of theatre lovers from around the world," says Steve Baker, President, Union Gas. "As a company dedicated to being an active community member, we couldn't be prouder of our 48-year partnership with the Festival."

In celebration, Union Gas is pleased to be this year's co-sponsor of The Music Man. A charming but fraudulent salesman arrives in River city to work his usual scam - only to find that a bill of goods can be the real deal.  With melodies that include the rousing "Seventy-Six Trombones," this musical-comedy classic will delight the whole family, runs from April 17 to November 3.

"Stratford is proud to partner with companies like Union Gas who truly value and believe in creating exemplary theatre experiences that not only inspire and feed the soul but are deeply relevant to, and reflective of, our lives and communities," adds Anita Gaffney, Executive Director of the Stratford Festival.

"At Union Gas, we believe in actively supporting all of the communities in which we operate all across the province," adds Baker. "That's why we partner with institutions like the Festival, which has helped make Stratford such a vibrant place in which to live and work."

Join us for The Music Man and help us say "Bravo!" to the Festival for its six decades of success.

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