ABERDEEN, S.D. – For two nights only, on Dec. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m., NSU Theater brings to the Krikac Auditorium William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in an event called “Shakespeare Shakespeare.”
These smart, bite-sized adaptations will be part of the first NSU Theater-On-Tour initiative to tour area high schools and communities in 2014. These adaptations are by Sara Bruner of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. This is the first time they have been performed outside of Idaho.
'Not Your Typical Shakespeare'
Staged to appeal to all ages, these productions are not your typical Shakespeare. “Romeo and Juliet” features a cast of eight men and women playing multiple roles in a very urban, modern setting. “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream” evokes a very naturalistic, hippie vibe with an all-female cast responsible for playing no fewer than 13 roles. Both shows have a strong base in movement tied to the beautiful, familiar language and are staged to complement each other for one great evening of theater. Both productions run 50 minutes and capture the brilliance of the Bard.
NSU Theater’s “Romeo and Juliet” features Eli Corbett (Deadwood) as Romeo, Nadia Qaraqra (Palestine) as Juliet, Seth M. Honerman (Sioux Falls) as Friar Laurence, Steven Zimoski (Mobridge) as Mercutio, Dakota Feller (Blunt) as Balthasar, Heather Kelsey (South St. Paul, Minn.) as the Nurse, Shlomit Oren (Jerusalem, Israel) as Tybalt and Joshua Hinkemeyer (Sisseton) as Benvolio. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” features Natalie Allcock (Britton) as Puck, Yvonne Freese (Lanesboro, Minn.) as Titania, Emily Davis (Aberdeen) as Oberon, Haley Hubbard (De Smet) as Bottom, Shlomit Oren as Helena and Kaitlin Buchholz (Tripp) as Lysander.
The production is directed by NSU alum and current instructor of theater Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha. Lyndsey Messmer (Rapid City) is serving as stage manager, Tyler Goodgion (Rapid City) as assistant stage manager and Jillian Jensen (Lennox) as dramaturg and assistant director. NSU Technical Director Tina Hanagan is designing the sound and lights, with additional sound design by Max Chamberlain. Joshua Frachiseur is serving as technical director. Scenic design and painting will be handled by Crystal Harper and costumes are designed by Brandon Sieck and Katie Wegleitner.
Tickets for “Shakespeare Shakespeare” are on sale in the NSU Wolf Shoppe bookstore 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. All tickets are $10. No discounts or passes are available since 100 percent of proceeds go to NSU Theater scholarships. No exchanges or refunds are available.
For more information, call 605-626-2655. 2013-14 season sponsors for NSU Theater are the Aberdeen American News, Dacotah Bank and the Ramada Inn.