Monday, January 6, 2020

The Road to Romeo and Juliet starts tonight!

This Spring, Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company will be staging a landmark production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Auditions will be in March, and the show will run for two weekends in May (14 - 23). Auditions are open to anyone ages 14 - 20.

But the time to start getting ready is RIGHT NOW! Tonight is the first of six classes for teenagers offering rigorous training for Shakespeare performers, including voice, text analysis, movement, stage combat and acting. The Compleate Shakespearean will be taught by ARTFARM Artistic Director and noted Shakespeare performer, director and teacher Marcella Trowbridge (shown above in ARTFARM's 2017 production of Hamlet. Photo by Bill De Kine.) plus guest artists. This will be serious performance training designed to prepare you to audition for and perform in Romeo and Juliet.

The first class is tonight. Classes will run Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, January 6 - February 10 at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Tuition for the 6 week course is just $100, and anyone who completes the course will receive a $75 credit towards there tuition for Romeo and Juliet. Financial Aid and work-study are available for families who cannot afford the tuition.

Also starting this week at Oddfellows is a seven week class in Writing Plays, taught by nationally-produced playwright  (and former Oddfellows Artistic Director) Kristen Palmer. The class meets Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, and will culminate in a New Plays Festival on Saturday, February 22.

To register for either class, or for more info, go to, email, or call (860) 347-6143.
Photo below by Bill De Kine of Teen Rep Company's fall production of Chekhov's The Seagull.

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