CAPE ANN SHAKESPEARE TROUPE
Love’s Labour’s Lost
By William Shakespeare
May 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 8PM; May 12 & 19 @ 3 PM
Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport
Tickets: $15, general; $10 student; $5, youth 18 and under.
Available at the door, or reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will end its 2012 -13 season with a production of William Shakespeare’s comedy of manners, mores and modes, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”.
I snuck in to their dress rehearsal (well, not really – I was invited) and snapped some photos to share with you:
Back to the press release:
The action takes place in Navarre, where young King Ferdidand 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 with her ladies see through the men’s clumsy attempts at wooing, the stage is set for some romantic hijinks. 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.
Director Ray Jenness, whose deft hand fashioned CAST’s productions of “The Tempest”,”The Taming of the Shrew”, “Measure for Measure”, “I Hate Hamlet”, and “Visiting Lear”, has created “a vaudeville, with the characters taking their turns, all trying to outdo the others. Acknowledged as Shakespeare’s first comedy, it excels at exploiting the foibles and follies of the human condition”.
The cast includes David Alvarado, as Longaville; Beth Bevins, Jacquenetta; John Butterworth, Don Armando; Chuck Francis, Anthony Dull; Ashlee Holm, Princess of France; Elizabeth Jelinek. Moth; Luke Miller, Sir Nathaniel; Carly Moulton, Maria; Ian O’Connor, Costard; Dominic Parry, Berowne; Jim Robinson, Holofernes; Matt Schwabauer, King of Navarre; Jessie Sorrells, Rosalinde; Joseph Stiliano, Boyet; David Sullivan, Dumain; Bianca Tocco, Katherine.
– Fr. Matthew Green