SANDWICH —Advice To The Players welcomes back Mark Woollett as director of Sandwich Summer Shakespeare; ATTP's summer program of youth camps and professional performances. A veteran teacher, performer and director with the company since 2006, Woollett's last stint in Sandwich was as director of the popular production of A Midsummer Night's Dream two years ago.
"It is always a pleasure to be back in Sandwich with Advice To The Players," says Mark. "We have had some incredible summers out here doing Shakespeare with students and adults and I'm sure this year will be no exception."
First up is a student presentation of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage. This one-hour performance is the culmination of two weeks of Shakespeare Camp directed by Candace Clift and Richard and Miranda Posner. The performance is at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 26.
Next, Advice To The Players gets the humor ball rolling this season with Midsummer Mirth: A Shakespeare Comedy Cabaret; four evenings of food, drink and laughter at the Sandwich Town Hall. Midsummer Mirth is full of music and hilarity, culminating in a second act which has to be seen to be believed: The Life and Death of that Dastardly Villain, Richard III, a.k.a The Bunch Back'd Toad. 'Toad' is Woollett's hilarious melodrama adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III, complete with audience cue signs ("Boo! Hiss!" and "Hurray!"), top hats, twirled mustaches, and innocents tied to the railroad tracks. The Comedy Cabaret is on Friday and Saturday evenings, July 26-27 and August 2-3, at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.
The company's mainstage production opens on August 9 and plays throughout Sandwich Old Home Week. Also directed by Woollett, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most mature comedies and combines sparkling wit with earnest clowns and an epic battle of the sexes. Much Ado just might be the world's first romantic comedy with juvenile hijinks, broken hearts, and the playful and profound love affair of Beatrice and Benedick - Shakespeare's couple-of-a-certain-age, who are "too wise to woo peaceably".
Much Ado About Nothing will be presented at 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 9, 10 & 11 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 15, 16, 17 & 18 at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage. There will be an evening performance on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm at the Sandwich Town Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for ages 12 and under.
Andrew Codispoti as The Barker in Advice To The Players' The Life and Death of that Dastardly Villain, Richard III, a.k.a The Bunch Back'd Toad. 'Toad' can be seen at Midsummer Mirth: A Shakespeare Comedy Cabaret taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings, July 26-27 and August 2-3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandwich Town Hall. (Photo by Monika O'Clair)