A 60th birthday bash befitting the Bard on the Beach boss (Vancouver Sun)

Posted on May 26, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Malcolm Parry —AS WE LIKE IT: Bard on the Beach boss Christopher Gaze’s recent 60th birthday party at Christ Church Cathedral saw original cast members reprise a show they staged at Gaze and gerontology student Jennifer McMahon’s 2002 wedding there. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra maestro Bramwell Tovey, mezzo soprano Judith Forst, conductor Diane Loomer and the Chor Leoni ensemble all per-formed again. Even archbishop Michael Ingham, who married the two, took a pew while UBC Opera students chastened the aging birthday boy with a song from Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Remarkably, the ever-stronger theatre company Gaze founded has staged Shakespeare plays for 22 years. That’s longevity.