I could stay for only an hour so we sat in the back but as I tore myself away to leave I said to my husband, "look at everyone." He said "I am. They are silent, and still. The crowd is hanging on every word." I believe they were...I know I was!
To mesmerize an audience in an outdoor setting full of potential distractions is a rare and beautiful feat. When I am part of a group watching a show with everyone in this mode, I feel "at one" with the others, and with the performers as well.
|Shakespeare in the Park, Las Vegas Style!|
Photo of Lake Las Vegas performance 2011 courtesy of Las Vegas Shakespeare Company
Last night was a representation of one of the longest held and most enjoyable traditions in theater.... the free "performance in the park."
|Outdoor theater, 1596|
Drawing courtesy of Utrecht University Library
"He is our Hamlet," Dan Decker said to me as he placed Michael Uribe's head shot on his desk in front of me back in August when I visited the theater. "Michael gets the essence of Hamlet. He can take the audience with him on this journey."...I can now attest to how right Dan was!
One of the obvious components that makes a production like this so successful is the commitment of the actors. If you ever want to meet a group of passionate, philosophical and physically "present" performers, go see a Shakespeare production. One cannot "phone it in" when performing Shakespeare. As an actor it overtakes you. At first because it's such a different and challenging form of expression, but once learned it is addictive because nothing helps an actor grow like embodying the works of Shakespeare.
Director, Script Adaptation, Set and Sound Design,
Lighting and Costume Design
Clare Jaget..........Queen Gertrude
Bill O'Neil...........The Ghost
Brian Kell, Sound Design and Engineer
Dale Karllsen, Costumes
Douglas Davy, Set Construction
Morgan Hill, Ophelia....2012 Las Vegas Shakespeare Company
"I love Shakespeare. I grew up on his works. Literally. Both of my parents were Shakespearean actors.
Even my bedtime stories were from a book of Shakespeare children stories."
Morgan has an engraved ring that says "Thine own Self be True"...Fittingly, it was a gift to herself!
Catch the final performance of Hamlet Oct. 27th!
Las Vegas Shakespeare Company
"Shaking up Shakespeare".....Hollywood Underdog
Las Vegas Shakespeare Company feature on Channel 13 includes rehearsal footage
Shakespeare in the Park is available worldwide.
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