Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cast of the 2017 Season of Shakespeare On The Green

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

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 to learn more.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

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 
the Omaha Symphony
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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Three days remaining of A War of Roses Part One. Part Two opens on Friday.

PART 1: 
UNO Weber Fine Arts
Thursday, November 10  @ 7:30 PM 
Saturday, November 12  @ 2 PM  
Sunday, November 13  @ 2 PM 
NOVEMBER 11 @ 7:30 PM
 NOVEMBER 11-13, 17-19 @ 7:30 PM
NOVEMBER 20 @ 2:00 PM
Creighton's Lied Center


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dinner, Drinks, Trivia, and more.

Nebraska Shakespeare and The Shakespeare Collective will present INTERMISSION! at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th Street) on Saturday, November 12th from 5-6:30pm. 

INTERMISSION!, an all ages event,  will celebrate A War of Roses, presented by Nebraska Shakespeare and the theater departments at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha as part of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Nebraska Shakespeare. 

The event will include dinner, snacks, Shakespearean-themed cocktails and a pub quiz emceed by local personality, Bill Grennan, in which trivia teams will be formed to represent the Red and White Houses that make up A War of Roses. Questions will range from easy to hard, promising entertainment for all through categories like Shakespearean quotes, tragic deaths, culturally significant events of the time and more. Teams will also receive three life lines: 50/50, Use Your Phone and Ask An Actor, with actors from the play who will be there to help teams out.

  • Ticket packages to one part of of the plays and INTERMISSION! includes dinner, a drink ticket and event/play admission for just $30. 
  • To see both parts of the play and attend INTERMISSION!, plus dinner, a drink ticket and "Fanatic of the Flames" t-shirt, packages are available for $50 (or for $100, act as a patron level donor for the collaboration). 
  • Special student pricing is also available for certain package levels! 

Don’t miss this exciting celebration of Shakespeare and your chance to visit House of Loom before it closes at the end of the year. Check out to learn more or purchase your ticket packages now.