This April marks the 450th Birthday of William Shakespeare and the Sandwich Shakespeare company, Advice To The Players, wants you to join them for an Elizabethan feast accompanied by an evening of lively entertainment. "Shakespeare lovers around the world celebrate his birthday", says ATTP Executive Director Rebecca Boyden "and when approached last year, Don Brown of the Corner House Inn jumped at the idea." The Bard's Birthday, which is a fundraiser for the Shakespeare troupe, will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich.
The Elizabethan feast is being prepared by the Corner House, from ideas suggested by British storyteller Marion Posner. When reached at her home in Tamworth, Marion had this to say about the menu she has devised: "Ah, but Shakespeare's supper will be exceeding excellent, with Mistress Quickly's very fine soup, and the doughty Sir John Falstaff's delectable chicken subtled with spices brought from afar by our brave Elizabethan sailors. The dastardly delicious dessert, ladies and gentlemen, is of surpassing indulgence."
To accompany the feast there will be music, dramatic readings and a presentation by the ATTP Youth Players. "Youth programing is central to our mission" comments Andrew Codispoti, who directed Richard III and also serves on ATTP's Board. "These students have all been in our professional productions and we are thrilled to have them as part of our celebration." Josh Nungesser, who was a founding member of Sandwich's student Shakespeare company, Queen Mab Productions, has taken charge of directing scenes for this benefit. Besides Nungesser and Rowan Heard of Sandwich, the students include Marianna Paladino of Tuftonboro and Sandy Trask of Tamworth. They will perform a scene from the company's recent production of Richard III and the gravedigger's scene from Hamlet.
ATTP Board member Frank Paine has organized a line-up of music that will please your ear as much as the meal does your palate. The Mountain Lake Chorale will perform settings of Shakespearean songs by Emma Lou Diemer, as well as P.D.Q. Bach's madrigal parody, 'My Bonny Lass She Smelleth'. The Chorale, which is generously donating its time for this event, is a vocal chamber ensemble based in Carroll County, and is led and accompanied by Leslie McDonnell, who is also the Artistic Director of the Pemigewasset Choral Society and a singer with the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Additional music will be provided by Sandwich residents Carolyn and Chris Boldt, members of the ATTP company who are longtime community singers. Carolyn and Chris will also perform a scene from ATTP's upcoming summer show, The Merry Wives of Windsor.