Verily I say unto thee, ‘curiouser and curiouser’. The time has come, good gentle friends, to talk of Shakespeare things! This summer, Shakespeare Northwest cordially invites you to attend a FREE performance of our Parks Show – “Shakespeare’s Wonderland." This is an original work in which Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole finds the strange world of Wonderland inhabited by characters even stranger than its usual suspects. Imagine a Caterpillar Polonius…Hamlet, the Mad Hatter…Lady MacBeth as the March Hare…plus a myriad of other cross-cast characters! Add to that two bickering authors and the stage is set for some delightful hijinks to be enjoyed ‘all on a summer’s afternoon.' So, pray, good gentles, journey forth with us to “Shakespeare’s Wonderland”… or the ‘Queen’ will have your head.
"Shakespeare's Wonderland" is written by Carolyn Travis and directed by James Brown. It will be presented by Shakespeare Northwest in several parks throughout June and July from Bellingham to Seattle as well as part of our annual Iron Man festivities. Here's the schedule (subject to change - always check our website and Facebook page for updates):
List of Show Dates & Performance Times
Sat., June 11 Mayor’s Wellness, Vaux Retreat Ctr., Mount Vernon @ 6:30pm
Sun, June 12 Fairhaven Green, Bellingham @ 1pm & ACT Annex, Anacortes @ 6pm
Sat, June 18 Lincoln Theatre/Mount Vernon City Library’s Summer Reading Kick-
Sat, June 25 Gilkey Square, La Conner @ 2pm
Sun, June 26 Maiben Park, Burlington @ 1p, & Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon @ 4pm
Sun, July 10 Seattle Outdoor Theatre Festival, Volunteer Park Museum Lawn @
Sat, July 30 Iron Man, Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre @ 4p
We are pleased to announce our 2016 Skagit River Shakespeare Festival season:
Cymbeline, directed by Danny Herter
"This rarely seen but hilarious romance is a whirlwind adventure of love and deception from Britain to Rome and back again."
The Merchant of Vegas, directed by Michael Wallace
"Take a Gamble on Love: What happens in Venice stays in Venice."
"Shakespeare's Wonderland: An Elizabethan View Through the Looking Glass" a FREE Touring Show. Enjoy this original mash-up of two of your favorite authors: William Shakespeare & Lewis Carroll.
Thank you to all who auditioned. We are delighted to announce the 2016 Skagit River Shakespeare Festival Cast!
Posthumus - James Brown
Imogen - Caroline Rensel
Cymbeline - Trey Hatch
Queen/Jupiter - Glynna Goff
Cloten - Jesse Collins
Pisania - Tess Nakaishi
Cornelia/Jailer - Beth Salmon Greatorex
Belaria - Carolyn Travis Hatch
Guideria - Jesse Spangler
Arviraga - Gilly Kellher
Iachimo - Glen Nelson Bristow
First Lady/Soothsayer - Elizabeth Lundquist
Helen - Seanna Faley
Caius Lucius/Filario - Sam Schlobaum
Apparition of the Matron/Tribune - Sylvia Clegg (selected dates)
MERCHANT OF VEGAS
Antonia - Carolyn Travis Hatch
Bassiano - John Metcalf
Lorenzo - Danny Herter
Shylock - Glen Nelson Bristow
Tubal / Duke - Trey Hatch
Launcelot Gobbo - James Brown
Portia – Lydia Randall
Nerrisa - Jessie Spengler
Jessica - Tess Nakaishi
Gratiano – Sam Schlobohm
Gaoler/Bathazar – Dale Asplund
Salerio – Ryan Lineman
Morroco/Aragon – Leon Charbonneau
Alice – Claire Andrews
Narrator – Eal Lundquist
Bill – Trey Hatch
Louie – John Metcalf
Mistress Quickly – Carloyn Travis
Apothecary/Starveling/Touchstone – Devon Breuer
Ophelia/Viola – Lydia Randall
Lady MacBeth/Snug/Dogberry – Jaime Mastromonica
Hamlet/Feste – Bjorn Whitney
Polonius/Flute/Levatch – Danny Herter
Quince/Puck – Caroline Rensel
King Richard III/Bottom – James Brown
Margaret – Glynna Goff/US - Zoe Pettigrew
“Outdoors and under the stars, the way it was meant to be.”
Shakespeare Northwest, the premier Shakespeare company in the Skagit Valley since 2000, annually brings a variety of Shakespeare’s works to life with a professional level cast. We perform under the stars at our outdoor venue, The Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre. In addition, The Summer Touring Show travels to a variety of outdoor venues.
Our capstone event is “Ironman” where we bring the season’s talent together for a full day of Shakespeare – with two full productions plus additional entertainment.
The caliber of acting within Shakespeare Northwest draws audience members from British Columbia to Oregon and from the San Juan Islands to Eastern Washington. The acting talent, drawn primarily from the Skagit Valley, also comes from Bellingham, Seattle and many points in-between. The majority of our actors are seasoned veterans, but each season we gather in new players and in the past few years have included several talented youth in our shows.