Twelfth Night Synopsis

Resourceful, witty Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria. In the storm she lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, and believes him drowned. Needing employment, she disguises herself as a young manservant and with the help of the sea captain who rescued her, enters the service of Duke Orsino as a boy named […]

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Memories of Summer Shakes

In 1995 Summer Shakespeare produced its first show, Love’s Labor’s Lost. Tickets were $1, and I was four months old. (Can we just take a minute to marvel at the fact that my parents started a theatre company with a newborn? And yes, when you start kids on Shakespeare that early, British spellings become second […]

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Shakespeare’s Longest Word

Honorificabilitudinitatibus comes from a Medieval Latin word that roughly translated means “the state of being able to achieve honors.” Shakespeare uses the word only once in all of his works—in Love’s Labor’s Lost. (It’s not the sort of word or meaning that comes up often in casual conversation!) Honorificabilitudinitatibus is also the longest word in […]

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Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost Synopsis

King Ferdinand of Navarre and his three friends, Berowne, Longaville and Dumaine, all swear to three years of diligent study. They further swear to abstain from all ordinary distractions like excess food and sleep during that time. In particular they pledge to avoid the company of females, keeping only a fantastical Spaniard named Don Armado […]

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Theatre Magic

With its royals and lovers and fairies (oh my!), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been a favorite comedy for thespians and theatregoers alike. The obvious contrasts among the Athenian royalty, woodland sprites, and common laborers and the fusion of song, dance, and lyrical language—“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,/Where oxlips […]

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Abbess. The duke, my husband and my children both, And you the calendars of their nativity, Go to a gossip’s feast, and go with me; After so long grief, such festivity! Duke. With all my heart, I’ll gossip at this feast. In Act V, Scene 1, of Comedy of Errors, Abbess Amelia summons the entire […]

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Eyes Have It

Problem: What to with two sets of identical twins running about the city of Ephesus in a production in which the actors involved looking nothing alike? Solution: Outfit them with distinctive eyewear, of course! For this year’s Summer Shakespeare production, Comedy of Errors: The Amazing One-Joke Play, director Jeffrey Stegall decided that glasses would be […]

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Insults & Sword Play—What’s not to love?

Last week (June 10-14) was filled with many exciting moments as the Greenville Shakespeare Company held our third year of Acting Up with Shakespeare Camp in partnership with Piano Central Studios. The week catered to eager young performers between the ages of 8 and 12 and was staffed by current GSC cast and crew. GSC […]

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A Way with Words

One of my favorite things about working through another of Shakespeare’s comedies each summer is looking for words and phrases that the Bard introduced into our English lexicon: coinages. In this summer’s play, As You Like It, Shakespeare introduces us to several expressions that have worked their way into common parlance. Here they are, with […]

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Titanic Moment

The “Sweet Kingwilliamstown: Memories of Titanic” show at Travelers Rest High School this morning went wonderfully! Ms. Graf was passionate about her story—a consummate professional. The high school students (and a number of younger homeschoolers and parents) responded well and stayed for an impromptu after-program q & a. Her story has it all: romance, laughter, […]

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