Nine teenage girls and a 7-year-old tackle 44 characters in Activate Community Through Theatre’s first “A Taste of Shakespeare” production.
The troupe is presenting two 45-minute abridged versions of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and “A misummer Night’s Dream.” Audiences are treated to a beverage and snack along with the tragedy and comedy, sword fights and hip-hop dancing.
Claudia Haskett, 16, of Mooresville plays Macbeth, Oberon and Hippolyta. “The biggest challenge in playing a male role is getting the movement and body posture right – how a male walks, runs, stands is very different from the way I move.”
Claudia’s sister, Katelyn, age 14, plays Macduff. The girls worked with stage-fight instructor, Troy Ison, on the sword fight at the end of the play.
“Practicing the sword fight at the end when I get killed is also very challenging,” Claudia said. “I’ve gotten a few bruises, but it’s worth it.
“I feel so empowered knowing I can fight with a sword, though in the beginning I was afraid of hurting my sister.
“Everything about this production has been the good kind of hard.”
Holly Hart, 15, of Mooresville plays seven characters in the two plays.
“I start off as a witch, then a king, king’s son, Helena, a fairy, a hard-hatted man and an actor in a play. Every character I play is so interesting and a great challenge. I feel that if I can play all these characters, I can do anything,” Holly said.
Emerson Bishop, 7, of Charlotte plays three characters, two that murdered.
Emerson laughed. “No, this isn’t as scary as the Harry Potter books.”
Want to go?
Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 10 and 11 and 3 p.m. June 12 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road in Cornelius. Ticket prices, including N.C. sales tax, are $8 for children and seniors and $10 for adults. To make a reservation call 704-707-6757 or go to www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com.
For information, call Wrenn Goodrum at 704-707-6757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com.