By ASHLEY WADHWANI
June 29, 2016 · 5:33 PM
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Emerald Pig Theatre's rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream takes on a groovy twist. / Ashley Wadhwani/The TIMES

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows actors and actresses are currently preparing for a showcase of love, during this year’s Bard on the Bandstand.

In it’s 11th season, the community performance by Emerald Pig Theatre’s Sharon Malone and her cast and crew are taking a groovy spin on the Shakespearian classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In keeping with the summer of love theme, this year’s key production prop is a bright and shiny Volkswagen van, hand painted with peace signs, flowers and colourful trim.

And the van is up for grabs for one lucky winner – keys and all.

The van, which was painted by teens in the local alternative education program, has been seen all around town as the group uses it as a literally mobile advertising machine for the event.

Raffle tickets for the van are $10, or $25 for three, and chances to win are about 1 in 1,000, Malone said.

Today (Thursday, June 30), the van and Emerald Pig members will be at the at A&W Show ‘n’ Shine, and in Memorial Peace Park Friday.

The winner of the groovy van will be announced during intermission at the July 23 show being held at the Memorial Peace Park bandstand in Maple Ridge.

Meanwhile, the cast and crew have been busily rehearsing for the upcoming shows – July 14 to 16 in Spirit Square, Pitt Meadows, and 21 to 23 in Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge.

Since 2005, the show has been free, showcasing contemporary Shakespearean theatre. The group partners with the Friends in Need Food Bank, collecting funds and non-perishable food items during the notably less busy times for the bank.

All of the shows begin at 8 p.m., with pre-show entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m., and lawn chairs are recommended.

See more photos from a recent rehearsal here.

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