FORT HENRY UNVEILS AMAZING NEW SUNSET CEREMONIES JUNE 29, 2013
2.5 D Projection System Showcases Fort Henry Guard Performance
KINGSTON, Ontario – Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada’s award-winning World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies series opens on Saturday, June 29 with a spectacular new production that is sure to awe audiences. The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has invested over $750,000 in a state-of-the-art 2.5D projection system to complement the live performance of the Fort Henry Guard.
The Sunset Ceremony is a core event product that features the Fort Henry Guard Drums, Drill Squad and Artillery Detachments presenting a period interpretation of 1860s military music and drill along with rousing big-bang artillery manoeuvres including a simulated battle. The addition of cutting-edge technology allows the Fort to present a redesigned show that embraces a new action-packed storyline that raises the event’s entertainment value to a whole new level. Audiences will be engaged as they follow the story of a soldier’s journey to his new posting to the Kingston garrison with vivid imagery and drama. The Drums, Drill and Artillery segments of the show are presented within the context of the reason Fort Henry was constructed – as a peacekeeping tool. The show is a tribute to the original garrison, to each of the subsequent military units stationed at Fort Henry and to today’s Canadian Forces.
“Our team has been working very hard on the development of the new Sunset Ceremony experience for about 6 months now. The addition of this high tech projection system and imagery will provide a very exciting show for our audiences. Sunset Ceremonies is a world-class show and the addition of this technology now brings to life the experience of the Guard under attack. It will be a very special and unique experience in all of Ontario” said Will Baird, Manager of Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada.
The projection system was acquired from AVH Live Communications Ltd. of Toronto. The Fort Henry team faced some challenges along the way including meeting a tight timeline as well as the need to be sensitive to the historic site itself with no permanent fixtures or mountings to the limestone walls. The Sunset Ceremonies experience is already an award-winning (eight time winner as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario), world-class event and the addition of new technology needed to be done in such a way that was mindful in its design of the Fort Henry Guard’s historic contribution and be complementary to the live performance aspect of the event. The end result is an absolutely riveting and action-packed experience that truly showcases the skills and performance of the Fort Henry Guard. It promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats for 90 minutes.
To maximize the impact of the projection, Fort Henry has moved the start time for the Sunset Ceremonies to 8:30 p.m. on select Wednesday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Advance tickets are highly recommended and can be purchased online at www.FortHenry.com or at the admissions gate in the new Discovery Centre. For more information call 800-437-2233.
This year the World Heritage Sunset Ceremony series has been generously sponsored by Tourism Kingston, Ontario Power Generation, Kingston Accommodation Partners, VIA Rail Canada, Rogers Wireless Express, OLG 1000 Islands Casino, The Great Waterway Region and the Ambassador Conference Resort Kingston.
Planning to dine before the show? Reserve a Dinner & a Show package or a Performance BBQ meal with Jessup Food & Heritage. For information and reservations call 613-530-2550 or 800-882-6704. Fort Henry’s new Battery Bistro Patio will be featuring local musicians in live acoustic performances before each Sunset Ceremony event. Check the website www.FortHenry.com for the schedule of performers.
Admission fees for Sunset Ceremonies: $20 adults (13 to 64 years of age); $17.00 senior citizens (65+ years of age); $17.00 youth (6 to 12 years of age); children 5 years of age and under FREE.