Skye Brandon to direct Richard III at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Saskatoon summers are marked with festivals of all kinds. However, few are as unique as Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. The annual theatre festival is held on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River, and it is a great festival for taking in scenery and culture, as well as for experiencing an unforgettable live play in a unique setting.

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 and has been a staple of the Saskatoon summer ever since. This year’s productions are the renowned comedy, Twelfth Night, and the infamous historical play, Richard III, and they run until Aug. 20 and 19, respectively.

Skye Brandon (BFA’00) has been a long-time contributor to Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, joining as an actor in 2006. He has been on the artistic advisory board for the past three years, and this year was asked to direct the production of Richard III. This is his first time directing a Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan production.

“Since moving back [to Saskatoon] a couple [of] years ago, I have started to direct Shakespeare a little bit. I’ve done some local independent work, doing kind of small cast versions of the productions, but this is the first time I’ve directed for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan,” Brandon said.

Read the full story in The Sheaf by Lyndsay Afseth.

No bones about it

The University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team (USST) made an interesting discovery during a recent trip to the Alberta badlands.

The USST team at the Canadian International Rover Challenge in Drumheller (photo via the USST Facebook page).

“It was definitely exciting and interesting. We were kind of expecting to see some cool stuff at Drumheller but more at the museum, not just walking around,” USST president Danno Peters told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

A prehistoric discovery (photo via the USST Facebook page).

Read more at the StarPhoenix.

Desjardins and King to lead Team Canada in Pyeongchang

The Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team will be led by two U of S alumni at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Willie Desjardins (BEd’85) will be the head coach of Team Canada and Dave King (BAPE’71, BEd’72) will join Desjardins behind the bench as an assistant coach.

Before coaching the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Vancouver Canucks from 2014-17, Desjardins led the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) to a Calder Cup championship.

Willie Desjardins, speaking to U of S alumni in Vancouver in December 2016, will be the head coach of the men’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongcheng, South Korea.

Prior to his AHL tenure, Desjardins spent two seasons as an associate coach with the Dallas Stars in the NHL from 2010-12.

Desjardins has represented Canada on coaching staffs at two world junior tournaments and one world championship. As a player, he was a part of the 1983 national champion Huskie men’s hockey team, winning the University Cup; a team coached by King.

Dave King returns behind the bench at the Olympics. King will serve as an assistant coach to Willie Desjardins at the 2018 Winter Games.

King has coached at the Winter Olympics and the National Hockey League and the Russian Super League. As head coach of the Canadian national team, he won a silver medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics. He was later hired by the Calgary Flames, and then moved to Montreal as the assistant coach of the Canadiens in 1997.

He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992, and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1997. King continues to be a champion for Huskie hockey as the chair of the Home Ice Campaign, an effort to build Merlis Belsher Place, a two-storey, twin-pad ice facility for minor hockey and Huskie hockey in Saskatoon.

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