After sold-out performances in its inaugural season, the River Clyde Pageant is back this summer with a new show, Wake the River Clyde, and an expanded lineup of performance dates.
Last July, the spectacle had stilt walkers, a choir, puppets and elements travelling down New Glasgow’s Hunter River, also known as the River Clyde, over the course of two days. The event ended at The Mill Restaurant where the audience and the performers shared an outdoor meal overlooking the river.
“We are doing a new pageant with a brand-new story, some returning characters” said Megan Stewart, the producer and co-director of the River Clyde Pageant. Ker Wells will also direct.
“It’s going to tell a really fantastical story about the river and about the community and some of the environmental issues that are affecting the River Clyde.”
The Clyde River remains closed to anglers after a fish kill last summer, the cause of which has not been determined.
The pageant organizers have several free workshops for those who want to be involved. The schedule can be found online at riverclydepageant.com.
‘The death of a river’
The first is a week-long workshop in early July exploring the New Orleans jazz funeral tradition, led by two artists from New Orleans. It’ll be held at Gulf Shore School in North Rustico.
“We’re looking for musicians of all ages to get involved in this,” said Stewart.
The idea is to create a band that would play a major part in this summer’s pageant.
Jazz funeral bands start off mournful and sombre, then break into something that’s more celebratory and hopeful, she explained.
“We thought the jazz funeral tradition would be perfect to consider the death of a river and what it implies, and also giving people the idea there is still hope, and we can take action to make change and fix it, bring it back to…