From music to dance to theatre, few things compare to exceptional arts presented outdoors in a beautiful setting. And Shakespeare? Even better!
Here in Langley, the City’s summer theatre showcase features Bard in the Valley’s unique adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, July 19 to 22 and 26 to 29 at Douglas Park.
Set 300 years in the future, when climate change and melted polar ice caps have caused mass emigration from Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea and coastal China, multicultural communities are forced to live and work together to survive. Wars and territorial skirmishes have reduced the population to a near-feudal state and this is where we find the town of Verona under strict martial law, with curfews and patrols to prevent open warfare in the street.
Capulet, a majority landowner in the area, tries to lead by example of strength in solidarity. His household feels protective against the encroaching Montague family, who won many allies through battle.
Children of these families, Juliet and Romeo, meet accidentally and realize that love, regardless of race and tradition, has a greater power than hate to drive change.
The curtain rises on the Spirit Square stage at 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
More arts on offer
The arts continue in Langley City with music, movies and dancing also delighting audiences.
The annual Sounds of Summer Concert Series continues Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. in McBurney Plaza, featuring a different artist and genre of music each week.
Also on the calendar are two McBurney Plaza Summer Series performances:a free, family-friendly variety show on July 28 at noon, and a ticketed 19+ Country Music Night Aug. 11., featuring music, dancing, craft beer, local wine and delicious street food.
Dancing in the Park returns to Douglas Park Spirit Square with Dancing for Dessert, Aug. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. – wear your dancing shoes, or just enjoy the music!
From stage to screen, Summer Movies in the Park continue Aug. 10 (Avengers Infinity War) and Sept. 14 (Ferdinand). Bring snacks or visit the concession.
And mark your calendars for the RCMP Musical Ride, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Thunderbird Show Park. Tickets must be purchased in advance, with a discount for Langley City residents.
Enter to win!
Through Sept. 4, enter to win weekly prizes valued at up to $200 with Summer in the City giveaways. Enter at any Langley City event, then submit a second entry by posting a photo/selfie while at the event – tag @LangleyCity with #LCTHEPLACETOBE! Watch for the winners on Langley City’s social media platforms.
For even more ways to celebrate summer right here in Langley, check out the Langley City events page.