By Eve Fisher
Your Local Court Jester
Jaffrey-based youth theatre troupe Project Shakespeare’s 2017 summer season kicked off this weekend with two high energy shows at the Monadnock Waldorf Elementary School on Saturday in Keene and the Hancock Inn on Sunday.
The season features Project Shakespeare Too’s production of As You Like It and the troupe’s main stage show Romeo and Juliet. Both follow director Deborah Thurber’s over-arching theme this summer of “a world divided.”
Speaking as a cast member, while the worlds of the plays may be divided, the world of Project Shakespeare has never been more united.
I’m currently in the eye of the hurricane, as we’re only a quarter of the way through our eight day run, but I can tell you I’m having a lot of fun here.
This summer I’m involved in both shows. I wrote original music for As You Like It and accompany the cast on the ukulele. In Romeo and Juliet I play both Juliet and Lady Capulet, on alternating days, along with my fellow actress Grace Ramsden of Hancock.
As You Like It, directed by Project Shakespeare alum Christopher Commander, bursts with energy from the cast of children, who range in age from 6 to 14. This has been my first experience composing for a show and working with the kids on the music as well as Christopher has been an absolute joy and one of the highlights of my summer theatre experience.
The cast of Romeo and Juliet, who range in age from 14 to 18-years-old, have been given the challenge of multiple roles this summer.
I’m not talking about one actor taking on a handful of smaller roles. Almost the entire cast, including the leads, is playing more than one role. Even if that means playing Juliet one night and then Lady Capulet the next, as I am doing.
Luckily for all of you, these shows are still running and coming to these towns (hopefully) near you!
The Jaffrey Civic Center Lawn on Thursday
The Milford Baptist Church on Friday
The Antrim Methodist Church on Saturday
And The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Sunday
All shows are at 6 p.m. tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.