The Springs Theatre Company’s hilarious new production of “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)” opens this weekend. Don’t miss out on your chance to see this ridiculously funny presentation, directed by STC president Michael DeWinter, which takes the stage Fridays and Saturdays July 17, 18, 24 and 25. “The Compleat Works...” is a raucous comedy which presents all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in a little over an hour with three actors portraying all of the characters. Family friendly and tons of fun, this silly show will amuse and delight even those unfamiliar with Shakespeare’s works.
Starring in this madcap romp are three talented individuals. Many locals will recognize Candy Flaming from her numerous appearances on stage where she never ceases to impress with her talent and great comedic timing. Candy portrays a less than on-the-ball Romeo, a Danish snappy dresser named Laertes, a geriatric Polonius, a distracted Caesar and many more characters too numerous to mention! Jason Earley returns to the stage after many years with his quick wit and lightning fast reflexes which come in handy as the Scottish MacDuff, the suave Claudius, the less than tyrannical Tybalt as well as Juliet, Cleopatra, Queen Gertrude and more! Also, joining us from Durango, is STC newcomer Freddy McDaniel who performs with great energy and rapier-like humor as the brougeish MacBeth, the not-so-great Dane Hamlet, and creative culinaire Titus Andronicus to name just a few. The synergy of these three actors alone is worth the price of admission.
“The Compleat Works...” is presented in the Pavilion Tent at Harman Park. Audiences will feast on Elizabethan fare of broasted barbecue chicken (a vegetarian option is available by request), fresh corn on the cob, herbed roasted potatoes, warm rolls and butter and hot apple English pasties. Lemonade, coffee and water are complimentary and a well-stocked soda bar, complete with Zuber Fizz sodas, is available for those in need of a little carbonation.
Doors will open for each performance at 6:30 p.m. with preshow entertainment until 7, when the buffet is served. Also prior to the show, the remarkable Gomez Store, a fully stocked turn of the century mercantile will be open for tours. Admission for dinner and the show is $28 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under and includes the supper and the show.
August brings the third and final show of this year’s Summer Starlight Series. Playing Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 7, 8, 14, and 15, is the original work “Left in the Breeze” by Rick Artis. This melodramatic spoof of the classic, “Gone With the Wind,” is sure to make the South rise again! Join in the fun as Snarlett O’Hernia wheedles and weds her way through the War Between the States. Advance tickets for both remaining shows of the Summer Starlight Series are on sale now at The Plaid Pony (731-5262) or online at www.SpringsTheatreCompany.org.
For more information on the Summer Starlight Series, the rest of the 2009 season, or for volunteer, advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael DeWinter at 731-5262, Rick Artis at 731-8914 or you can visit the Web site.