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Behind every great man

Shakespeare may have penned the world’s greatest love stories, but his own was more tragic than blissful, leaving behind wife and child to pursue his playwright dreams.

He takes to the stage and she the plague with only the second best bed to show for it.

Actor Nicole Busby will give voice to one of the most important silent characters of literary history, Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, in Shakespeare’s Will Dec. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

The play explores her life, with and without the great poet, celebrating her indomitable spirit in the face of great hardship and her strength of character shown in facing relentless public ridicule.

A great woman played by a great actor is captured by an even greater Canadian playwright.

Vern Thiessen, whose writing was honoured with a Governor General’s Award, penned the play. His writing prowess is equally matched by the talents of Busby, who will share Hathaway’s tale of humour, romance, revenge and quite a few surprises.

Unless you’re planning to catch the show at the 2007 Stratford Festival, this will be the last opportunity for B.C. audiences to catch this outstanding show. Shakespeare’s Will is also currently being considered for a two-year run on Broadway.

And the iambic pentameter challenged needn’t worry, Shakespeare’s Will is delivered in modern English, so audiences are sure to embrace all of the fun and insight Thiessen’s script affords.

Theatre rarely comes to Whistler, so get out to support this one-of-a-kind, show presented as part of the Real Canadian in Whistler series, and ensure theatre continues to come back to the resort.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $22.50 for students and seniors. Special pricing for groups and MY Place members.

For tickets, call 604-935-8410.


Photography storm brewing

Tiring of action sports photographers only depicting bluebird days? Whistler-Blackcomb officials, in partnership with Arc’teryx, have launched a new photography competition, challenging North America’s top action photographers to capture the awesome winter weather January reaps.

The Deep Winter Photo Challenge will come to a head with competitors showcasing their work at a public presentation Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

Five photographers will team up with athletes of their choosing and spend three days inbounds shooting on Whistler and Blackcomb between Jan. 3 and 6.

The five competitors include Whistler ski photography legend Paul Morrison; Future Snowboarding Magazine photo editor and long-time Whistler snowboard photographer Dano Pendygrasse; Snowboarder Magazine ’s senior photographer Oli Gagnon; contributing photographer to Transworld Snowboarding and Snowboard Canada Dice-K Maru; and 2005’s Powder Magazine Photo of the Year winner Bryn Hughes.

The five will compete for $3,250 in prize money and the title, King of Storms.

Tickets for the show are $10, which includes the slide show and after party.


No-parent zone for New Year’s

X-Life is bringing a rock circus to town for New Year’s Eve at the Telus Conference Centre as part of First Night celebrations.

Youth ages 13 to 18 will host an awesome night of live bands, light shows, circus acts and Casino Royale and Nintendo Wii on the big screen — and best of all, this is a no-parents zone, giving kids the freedom to mosh, surf and scream their way into a fun-filled night.

Tickets are $7.50 in advance or $15 at the door.

For tickets, visit .


Tune into a different lifetime

Ever wonder how Mozart composed a small Adante and Allegro at the young age of five?

A workshop explores the mystique of Reincarnation Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.

The discussion will be led by Balakhilya who has shared his teachings in more than 30 different countries.

Admission is free.