Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cast of the 2017 Season of Shakespeare On The Green


CAST
King Lear - V C Heidenreich
Goneril - Brittany Proia
Regan - Chloe Armao
Cordelia - Chloe Irwin
Kent - Katie Becker Colón
Gloucester - John Hardy
Edgar - Sarah Carlson-Brown
Edmund - Eric Weiman
Gaul - Raydell Cordell
Burgundy - Andrew Prescott
Albany - Russell Daniels
Cornwall - Matt Olsen
Oswald - Josh Ryan
Fool - Ezra Colón
Knights - Hailee Domagalski, Beau Fisher,
Massimo Manfiletto, Samantha Mashek,
Jackson Newman, Jill Zmolek



CAST
Mistress Ford - Brittany Proia
Mistress Page - Sarah Carlson-Brown
Ford - Joseph Lullo
Page - Kevin Ehrhart
Falstaff - Russell Daniels
Shallow - Katie Becker Colón
Host of the Garter Inn - Ezra Colón
Dr. Caius - Vince Carlson-Brown
Parson Evans - Chloe Armao
Mistress Quickly - Ashley D. Spessard
Slender - Matt Olsen
Simple - Massimo Manfiletto
Fenton - Eric Weiman
Anne Page - Jill Zmolek
Pistol - Mallory Freilich
Nym - Raydell Cordell
Robin - Sam Fleshin


Thank you to everyone who auditioned.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Audition Season

           In the past month, Nebraska Shakespeare has auditioned actors in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Florida for Nebraska Shakespeare's 2017 season and this past weekend held the last set of auditions in Omaha.  Nebraska Shakespeare will hire as many as 27 local and non-local professional actors and students for the upcoming productions of King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor. That is not including the 100s of professional designers, craftspersons, educators, administrators, and volunteers that will also make up the Shakespeare On The Green team!
Performance Dates: June 22-25, July 5, 6, 8
Performance Dates: June  29, 30, July 1, 2, 7, 9 

           





















2017 SOTG directors bonding over pepperoni 

          The audition weekend began on Friday with the arrival of The Merry Wives of Windsor director, Dr. John Hardy. John has worked with Nebraska Shakespeare in two previous seasons, as an actor in 2012 (Marcus Andronicus and Malvolio) and as Jaques in As You Like It and director of Othello in 2015. The directors met at Pitch Pizza to catch up and prep for the upcoming weekend.
        
         The following morning, Shakespeare On The Green's first production meeting took place at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's CEC building. In this meeting, Vincent Carlson-Brown, director of King Lear and John Hardy spoke to designers about their unique concepts for each show. Without giving away too much, let me leave you with two words: Vikings and VooDoo. Wanna know more? Join us this summer.



         Later that day, John and Vincent headed to Creighton University to hold the first of two days of auditions. Actors came from near and far to audition: UNO, UNL, Creighton University, Drake University, Wesleyan University. Students and professionals from Minneapolis, Denver, New York, LA and Albuquerque were in attendance. 





        The cast for both shows and the fall tour of Romeo and Juliet are being put together now.  Come to Shakespeare On The Green this summer to see these actors in action and visit nebraskashakespeare.com to learn more.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

In The News: Transported to Shakespeare’s world

This is a thank you note to everyone who brought magic to the Holland Center (“Symphony presents splendid winter’s night of Shakespeare,” Jan. 28 World-Herald). Special thanks to the Omaha Symphony and Nebraska Shakespeare.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

In The News: ...a splendid midwinter’s night of Shakespeare

The second installment of the Omaha Symphony's Shakespeare festival was an effective and bright complement to the more esoteric first weekend.

Last Day for Camp Shakespeare's Early Bird Pricing

Shakespeare and an "Early Bird"
Camp Shakespeare's Early Bird Special is ending soon...

Camp Shakespeare Apprentice Despairing (with a lovely wig)
  But don't despair....
  There is still time to take advantage of this reduced price 
and join us this Summer for CAMP SHAKESPEARE 2017!!
Camp Shakespeare Jesters Rejoicing!

Two of our 2017
Camp Instructors:
Anna and Chloe
Camp Shakespeare is two weeks of fun activities that include sword fighting, acting training, and workshops with professional actors. The goal of Camp is to help kids discover the magic and fun of the Immortal Bard's text through performance. Teachers and parents have repeatedly noticed a distinct improvement in their children's grades, social skills, and enjoyment of literature after just one summer with Camp Shakespeare.


Camp Shakespeare 2017:
June 26th- July 7th
Performances On The Green:
July 7th (Jesters),  July 8th (Players), & July 9th (Apprentices)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fighting the Freezing Temps with the Help of Midsummer

Nebraska Shakespeare 
and
the Omaha Symphony
present
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
January 27th at 7:30pm
Holland Performing Arts Center

Nebraska Shakespeare professional actors will be presenting scene selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream accompanied by the Omaha Symphony playing Mendelssohn’s cherished score. Each scene will be interwoven with the music, creating a dynamic soundtrack for one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies.


Here is a sneak peak of rehearsals that began this week:





Midsummer First Read Through
(Left to Right: Josh Ryan, Lauren White, Sarah Carlson-Brown, Taylor Jackson, Anna Jordan, Wes Houston, Joe Lullo, and Raydell Cordell III).







Costume Designer, Lindsay Pape, talks through the design with the cast.




Raydell Cordell III (Lysander) and Vincent Carlson-Brown (Puck). 





Midsummer Script, Set Design, Concept Sheets, and Mendelssohn's score.





First Day of Staging. 
Theseus' Court. 
(The ladder is a 16ft climbable tree!)






Helena and Demetrius. 
Oberon looks on from his perch. 




Puck controls the classic lover's fight. 

"You, puppet, you!!"


Omaha Symphony Conductor:
Thomas Wilkins

Nebraska Shakespeare Cast:
Puck/Egeus/Bottom: Vincent Carlson-Brown
Oberon/Theseus: Joe Lullo
Titania/Hippolyta: Lauren Marinelli White
Hermia/Fairy: Anna Jordan
Lysander: Raydell Cordell III
Demetrius: Josh Ryan
Helena: Ashley Spessard

Production Team:
Director/Adaptation: Sarah Carlson-Brown
Stage Manager: Taylor Jackson
Costume Design: Lindsay Pape
Fight Director: Vincent Carlson-Brown
Set Design: Vincent Carlson-Brown
Technical Director: Wesley A. Houston
Scenic Construction: Mark Krejci and Tom Miller


Sunday, January 1, 2017

In The News: Reviewing a Year of Theatre

2016 was Shakespeare time in Omaha, amid world-wide commemorations of his earthly departure 400 years ago. Six plays lived and breathed here. Credit Nebraska Shakespeare for making it so. Moreover, laud Creighton’s Amy Lane for superb interpretations. Her take on June’s presentation On the Green of The Taming of the Shrew filled it with wonderful fun and impeccable interpretations of characters and dialogue. A indelible example of how great these productions can be.