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Premiered to great acclaim at Whitehorse's Available Light Film Festival in 2012, this special live event recreates Canadian silent film icon Nell Shipman's classic melodrama The Grub-Stake with a new musical score and dialogue derived from the works of William Shakespeare.
Previously performed to great acclaim at Whitehorse's Available Light Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival and Edmonton's Garneau Theatre, this special live event is an engrossing and hilarious salute to Canadian cinema history. Taking Canadian silent-film icon Nell Shipman's classic melodrama The Grub-Stake — a marvellous adventure saga about a pure-hearted laundress (Shipman) battling a lascivious villain in the snowy wilderness of the Klondike — Whitehorse-based filmmaker and composer Daniel Janke created both a score for the film and, with the collaboration of Celia McBride and Eric Epstein, an alternative script comprised entirely of dialogue from the works of William Shakespeare. Performed live on stage by an outstanding cast of actors and musicians, The Grub-Stake Revisited is a unique fusion of film, theatre and music that promises to be (in the immortal words of Ms. Shipman) a "sockeroo"!