Monday, April 29, 2013
"Love's Labour's Lost" takes place in the kingdom of Navarre, where young King Ferdinand calls on his courtiers to join him in a pledge to undertake a strict regimen of study and celibacy. The court nobles, after reluctantly accepting, are sorely tested in their resolve - as is the king - by the arrival of the princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting.
As each man seeks a way around his vow to forego fleshly desire, and the Princess and her ladies see through the men's clumsy attempts at wooing, the stage is set for some romanric hi-jinks. They set out to prove that as the pen may be mightier than the sword, neither is a match for a woman's sharp tongue. Disguises, false identities, and a masked ball complicate the situation, leaving the king and his men scrambling to recover some semblence of dignity and possibly the love of the women they pursue.
The cast includes David Alvarado, Beth Bevins, John Butterworth, Chuck Francis, Ashlee Holm, Elizabeth Jelinek, Luke Miller, Carly Moulton, Ian O'Connor, Dominic Parry, Jim Robinson, Matt Schwabauer, Jessie Sorrells, Joseph Stiliano, David Sullivan, and Bianca Tocco.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Scenes and sonnets performed by cast members: Henry V Prologue, Ray Jenness; As You Like It , Act III, sc. 5, Ken Stoeffler, Jessie Sorrells, Olivia Gale; Richard II, Act III, sc. 2 (monologue) Nick Neyeloff; As You Like It, Act II, Sc. 7, "All the world's a stage ..." Matthew Recine; Hamlet Act III, sc. 1, Hamlet/Ophelia, Jonathan Arnold, Ashlee Holm; The Two Gentlemen of Verona Act IV, sc. 2, "Who is Silvia?" Olivia Gale; Hamlet Act III, sc. 3, Claudius' soliloquy, Joseph Stiliano; The Merchant of Venice Act III, sc. 1, Shylock, Matthew Recine; Richard III, Act I, sc. 1, soliloquy, Nick Neyeloff; Julius Caesar, Act III, sc. 2, Antony's funeral speech, Jessie Sorrells; The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, sc. 1, Kate and Petruchio, Ashlee Holm and Jonathan Arnold; King Lear, Act I sc. 2, Edmund's soliloquy Ken Stoeffler; Much Ado About Nothing, Act II, sc. 1 Benedick's soliloquy Matthew Recine; Twelfth Night, Act V "When that I was and a little tiny boy ...", Olivia Gale.
Sonnets: 29, 35, 66, 116, 130, 135, 140, 141.
At the Shakespeare Celebration, Ray Jenness, president of CAST presents this year's $500 scholarship award to Mia Formichella of Gloucester. The award is for Cape Ann high school seniors pursuing higher education in the performing arts.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Now is the winter of my disinterment
Made glorious news by common digger’s hand.
In a new world they have unearth’d my bones:
Where barded steeds once galloped off to war,
Now metal horses thunder o’er the roads,
And men have stationed them above my grave.
Five hundred summers I slept in the earth
Once grim-faced war robbed me of life betimes.
What good I did was with me deep interr’d;
My honor wounded by a playwright’s pen.
Though I’ll be buried as befits a king,
The scholars still debate my history.
And yet what secrets I would fain unlock,
To all the world’s ears, if my bones could talk.
By Clare Higgins