True love, murder, reconciliation, family rivalry, fairies and sword fighting – experience them all at By the Light of the Moon! Shakespeare Under the Stars playing March 20, 21, 22, 2014 at Otstott Park in downtown Jefferson, Texas.
East Texas Performing Arts, Inc. presents its 12th production in Jefferson.
“I have been in Jefferson for five years and have not seen Shakespeare performed. I wanted to challenge myself and my company by taking on the most accomplished and brilliant playwright of the English language,” states ETPA director Sara Whitaker.
Whitaker felt inspired to present highlights from his most popular plays. Audiences will experience sheer delight seeing well known scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. William Shakespeare himself will make an appearance, explaining his plays and giving a brief history of his works.
“Old Angus” Brown, a world renowned sword master, has choreographed a fight scene from Romeo and Juliet. Brown traveled from Kansas and trained four young actors for one week. “I have never worked with students who caught on so quickly and are this talented and dedicated,” he said.
Brown took four young men who were intimidated and fearful and in six days turned them into warriors yielding steel blades.
Not to be missed is Jefferson First Baptist Church’s pastor, The Rev. Jeff Taylor, portraying the lovely female character Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As well as Taylor, Connor Bell, Josh Boone, Arthur Boaz Crumbie, Gary Eigenmann, Tobias Jordan, Dominique Looney, Gail Masters, Mason McNeely, Ellen Taylor of Jefferson, and Sarah Collins, Cherry Eldridge, Cathryn Haden, Tyler James- Watson Smith, and Jesse Vinton of Marshall brilliantly portray Shakespearian characters.
Come journey to the streets of Verona and London, and into the deep forest of Elizabethan England in this family friendly production.
Otstott Park is located on the corner of Vale and Lafayette Streets. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets online at http://easttexasperformingarts.org or in Jefferson at Lafayette Gallery, 123 N. Polk, Fashion & Art Revival, 115 E. Austin, or Roy’s Rails, 602 N. Polk. For additional information call 847-722-8798.
Thursday, March 20, 7:30
Friday, March 21, 7:30
Saturday, March 22, 7:30