Published DateSANDWICH — Kicking off its 15th season of partnering area youth with professionals in classical theater productions, Advice To The Players will bring to life Shakespeare's immortal Julius Caesar in Sandwich, North Conway and three area high schools.
The cast includes veteran ATTP actors, young and old, as well outstanding new talent from the ranks of Shakespeare and Company, Tina Packer's renowned company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Directed by company founder Caroline Nesbitt, Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's best and is the ultimate political drama.
Newcomer Conor Seamus Moroney, who plays Mark Antony, says of this timeless theme: "This guy (Antony) is akin to Bill Clinton in his uncanny ability to sway a crowd through sheer oratory. The 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen' speech is a masterpiece of political persuasion, both passionate and sly. By claiming himself 'no orator, as Brutus is' and sarcastically calling the traitors 'honorable men,' Antony deftly turns the crowd from consenting citizens to a mob out for blood."
The cast boasts Hans Stafford as Caesar, Andrew Codispodi (who gave us a memorable Hamlet) as Brutus, Angela Smith (seen as Portia in last winter's Merchant of Venice) as Cassius, Barnstormer regular Bob Bates doubling as Casca and Messala, Chris Ferrill as Cicero and Lauren Hansen as Calphurnia. From the youth company, ATTP is happy to welcome new members Molly and Willa Canfield, Madeline Moneypenny and Marianna Pallidino. Returning young actors are Will Johnston, Rowan Heard and Lea Thelemarck. The cast is rounded out by the "graduate" thespians who began as teens and have been the backbone of ATTP's regular troupe: Emma Bickford, Brianne Robitaille, and Lee Stockman.
Lastly, Portia, Brutus' wife is played by Arielle Kaplan, who studied at Brandeis University before training with Shakespeare and Company and is delighted to be in New Hampshire working with ATTP.
Assisting Ms. Nesbitt will be long-time Stage Manager Jesse Earl; costumes are by De Robitaille and Carolyn Boldt with lighting by C. Clara Patterson.
The Sandwich performances will take place in the newly renovated Town Hall as part of this year's 250th Anniversary Celebration of Sandwich. Coming up in April, Advice To The Players and The Corner House Inn are hosting a celebration of The Bard's Birthday, an evening of Elizabethan food and entertainment on Wednesday, April 24th. ATTP will continue its 250th events this summer with Much Ado About Nothing and a revival of the hilarious Shakespeare Melodrama, The Life & Death of that Dastardly Villain, Richard III (aka "The Bunch-Back'd Toad"). In July, the Company runs theater camps for children ages 8-18.
There are five weekend performances of Julius Caesar; two at YourTheatre at M&D Productions, North Conway, on March 16 & 17 and three in Center Sandwich March 22 - 24. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday Matinees are at 2 p.m.
In addition to the weekend performances, Julius Caesar will be touring to three area high schools: Kennett in North Conway (Tuesday, March 19); Kingswood in Wolfeboro (Wednesday March 20) and Inter-lakes in Meredith (Thursday, March 21). Adult and homeschool groups are welcome at these 9 a.m. performances. Tickets are: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $7 under 18.
Group rates are available. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 986-6253. Julius Caesar is supported by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Spider Web Gardens and the Bank of New Hampshire. For information visit www.AdviceToThePlayers.org.
Andrew Codispoti (Brutus) and Angela Smith (Cassius) in rehearsal for 'Julius Caesar' at Advice To The Players. Performances are March 16 – 24 in North Conway, Center Sandwich and area high schools. For tickets and information call 986-6253 or visit www.AdviceToThePlayers.org. (Courtesy photo)