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‘Shakespeare in Love’ coming to Woodberry Forest stage

Younger native thespians will present their adoration for England’s most well-known Elizabethan playwright, poet and actor in a love-laced efficiency coming to the stage for February.

The Woodberry Forest College drama division, simply in time for Valentine’s Day, is presenting “Shakespeare in Love” on Feb. 16-18 within the Bowman Grey Auditorium in Walker Fantastic Arts Heart on campus. Admission is free.

The play will begin at 8 pm for the three-night run and relies on the 1998 Oscar successful film about Shakespeare as a star-crossed lover in search of amorous inspiration.

“It’s a lovely and bawdy love story about Shakespeare and his muse, Viola de Lesseps, who needs to be an actor on the stage,” stated Barbara L. Wimble, Drama and Speech Coordinator on the boys’ boarding faculty alongside US 15 in Madison County.

In contrast to within the Elizabethan period, the Woodberry play will characteristic feminine actors.

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“We’ve got a number of Culpeper women in ‘Shakespeare in Love’—Abby, Jenna, and Mari Jenkins,” stated Wimble. “Abby and Jenna have been in our reveals for a number of years and the youthful sister, Mari, is performing in her de ella first de ella with us.”

Lillyana Freitas, of Culpeper, has returned to play Queen Elizabeth I.

Ava Conway, an Japanese View Excessive College junior, will carry out in her first present at Woodberry, as Kate and as a girl of the courtroom. The Culpeper actress has carried out in additional than a dozen roles at EVHS together with Katherine in “Newsies” and younger Rudolph in “Rudolph the Purple Nosed Reindeer.”

Orange County native Hugh Wiley, a senior at Woodberry, will play the lead male function, as Shakespeare, in his first-ever play.

Katya Thalwitz, a junior from Barboursville, will painting Viola, the playwright’s love curiosity, within the stage depiction of the movie starring Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Woodberry Forest adults full the forged, together with Wimble because the nurse in “Shakespeare in Love.”

First-time director Laura Aylor, of Locust Grove, has been in quite a few reveals on the faculty and just lately returned to the stage after faculty.

Assistant director Brent Cirves, Drama and Speech Division chair, is a grasp fencer and the fencing choreographer. He may even play Mr. Webster, one in all Shakespeare’s actors.

“Shakespeare in Love” is simply in time for Valentine’s Day! A splendidly romantic and humorous take a look at what Shakespeare’s muse might need been for “Romeo & Juliet,” Wimble stated.

In her director’s notes within the playbill, Aylor acknowledged what she beloved most concerning the play was how they wrote the title character. “It reminds us that he was human, not only for the elite or within the classroom,” she acknowledged. “I hope this manufacturing of “Shakespeare in Love” units your soul ablaze. This play does a phenomenal job of humanizing these giants of historical past.”

Aylor continued, “They have been individuals who lived, sang, and danced. They fought bravely and beloved fiercely. This story, whereas a piece of fiction, indulges the fantasy of William Shakespeare as one-half of the star-crossed lovers fateful to fulfill. I’m of the assumption this play is a love letter to the theater and to William Shakespeare by way of and thru.”

As a warm-up, the superior performing and directing class will current “The Full Works of William Shakespeare” within the Black Field Theater Feb. 2-4 at Woodberry. Admission is free. Viewers members can count on a zany, comedic abstract of his performs from him on the present.

Cirves is directing “Full Works” with Aylor as assistant director.

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