WE ARE ABOUT TO ENTER A SHAKESPEAREAN FAIRYTALE!!!
For the thirteenth consecutive year, YSP (Young Shakespeare Players — http://www.ysp.org) is about to begin our full-length Spring Shakespeare production in a time slot especially suited to home-schooled actors!* This Monday morning, January 10, we will introduce The Winter’s Tale. This magnificent fairytale-like romance is unquestionably one of Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces — one of the greatest works of literature and theater ever written, with perhaps the most charmingly inspiring final scene in all of Shakespeare!
Late in his career, Shakespeare created his great Romances. They weren’t tragedies — but they weren’t like his light comedies, either. Instead, he took problems that would have led only to tragedy in his slightly earlier works, then examined what might happen if these problems could be belatedly corrected. And he infused these plays with wonder, sometimes with magic, and with some of the most splendid poetry in the world. The Winter’s Tale is a glorious Romance (written around the time of Cymbeline and The Tempest), filled with very strong characters and many elements of a fairy tale — a jealous king, a lost princess, and a statue that “comes back to life”! And Shakespeare filled it with incomparable language.
Right in the middle of the play, as the story begins to turn from a tragedy to a lyrical comedy, the Old Shepherd who found the baby Princess says to his son: “Thou met’st with things dying, I with things newborn.” That theme — life coming out of death as Spring comes out of Winter — is a basic keynote of The Winter’s Tale. And this wonderful work will take us right through the rest of Winter and into our own Spring!
The Introduction to The Winter’s Tale is Monday (THIS Monday!!!), January 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Readings for specific roles are Wednesday, January 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. Regular rehearsals start on Monday, January 17, and take place each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Performances end on Sunday, May 8.
Join us for this glorious work!
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