Dress 90s to celebrate the opening of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR this Friday and Saturday night!

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opens this Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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We invite you to celebrate by dressing 90s style in honor of our mashup between Shakespeare and 90s sit-coms!

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Remember to bring a low-lying beach chair and/or blanket. Grab a friend or two and some picnic dinner.

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We can hardly wait! “We’ll be here for you!”

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your low-lying beach chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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” It’s definitely not a traditional take on Shakespeare, but that’s one of the best parts about it!” Kaitlyn Smith, “Mistress Quickly”

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Kaitlyn Smith plays “Mistress Quickly” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening this Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think people will be surprised by all of the Easter eggs we’ve included for fans of the show Friends, or even fans of the 90’s era in general. It’s definitely not a traditional take on Shakespeare, but that’s one of the best parts about it!

What do you love and/or hate about this character?
I love Mistress Quickly’s ability to take things as they are. She doesn’t worry about what may or may not happen and she doesn’t really care what other people think of her like I do; she trusts that things will work out and goes about her business the best way she sees fit. I admire her ability to be adaptable and to let things go. I am working on bringing those traits into my real life at the moment!

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Divide me like a bribed buck, each a haunch. My horns I bequeath your husbands.”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Mistress Ford or Page would definitely be fun, but also Falstaff if the company is feeling adventurous!

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Mostly spending time with my family and friends!

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Noises Off! I believe I’ve said this every year, someone please do this show and cast me!

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Take a breath to help support my energy for the upcoming scene.

Actor’s Bio: Kaitlyn Smith, “Mistress Quickly”
Kaitlyn Smith is excited to return to her fourth season of OTE’s SHAKEPEARE IN THE HILLS. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with Honors in Acting. Previous favorite appearances include On the Edge Theater Production’s Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio) and Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), University of California’s the Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell) and Threepenny Opera (Honey the Beggar), Shakespeare by the Sea’s Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula/Hugh Oatcake), and Orange County High School of the Art’s Dearly Departed (Delightful). She is literally a clown in her spare time. Thanks again to the amazing Aurora Culver for this opportunity, and thanks to her family and friends for their constant love and support.

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“‘Let the sky rain potatoes!’ Sounds like heaven, to me.” Josh Hardgrave, “George Page”

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Josh Hardgrave plays “George Page” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening this Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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How is this character like you? Different?
I always tend to connect with the Ted Mosbys and Rosses of the sitcom world. Not sure what that says about me, but it makes it easier to find my character here. Slightly uptight, opinionated, but also down for whatever you guys want to do. Also we apparently both like our food and drink.

What do you love and/or hate about this character?
He’s very easy going and is cool with anything as long as there’s the promise of amusement by the end of it. He could probably be a bit less of a snob about money, though, but, y’know… class struggles, man.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Getting into the rhythm of learning lines and making them my own, but filtered through an iconic character. Finding the little ways where I can bring a bit of 90’s humor into old phrasing is at once incredibly funny and difficult.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Bruce Campbell. But that’s my answer to everything.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Let the sky rain potatoes!” Sounds like heaven, to me.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
“Falstaff” just seems like a ton (literally AND figuratively) to play around with. Also, I’m a huge fan of “Pistol’s” barbs and one-liners.

When did you first perform?
I started doing drama and musicals through middle school and high school, then moved on to pursue other interests. This will be the first production that won’t be an attempt to bring up my GPA!

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
I’m a musical guy. so it’s really tough to spurn a good run of Phantom, but the most entertaining show I’ve also become quite obsessed with Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. The music is just so clever and the way it is staged in and around the audience really draws you in.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Slightly overcast, a well-made martini (gin. stirred, cocktail onions and a tomolive), and an episode of  “the Great British Baking Show.”

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Definitely a musical. I suppose I’ll just have to keep bugging Rori to direct Secret Garden.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Forget my lines, probably.

Actor’s Bio: Josh Hardgrave, “George Page”
Josh has been an Orange County local his entire life, and has enjoyed supporting Rori and OTE from the audience for years. Merry Wives of Windsor will be his first chance to be on the other side of the curtain, and he couldn’t be more excited! He is no stranger to the stage, however, and you can find him most Sundays playing bass at Grace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach. Or, if the stars align, you may catch him crooning Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash at a local bar with his cover band “Close Enuff”. He is eternally grateful to his friends, new and old, in the cast for their support, to Rori for encouraging him to finally open up, and as always to God for opportunities to explore. “I hope you all enjoy the show as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you!”

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“Meshing Shakespeare with a more modern sit-com, Friends, is brilliant and fun but it does mess with your head a bit when you are saying ‘I’ll be sworn’ in a New York accent.” Lisa Noce, “Robin”

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Lisa Noce plays “Robin” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor, opening this Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Meshing Shakespeare with a more modern sit-com, Friends, is brilliant and fun but it does mess with your head a bit when you are saying “I’ll be sworn” in a New York accent.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I think it will be fun for the audience to see a lighter side with recognizable characters, but still hear Shakespeare’s words.

How is this character like you? Different?
I am playing Robin Slender with a “Janice-esque” leaning. I would like to think I am like Robin/Janice in that I go about my day with confidence and don’t really care what other people think of me. Her fashion sense is about my polar opposite.

What do you love and/or hate about this character?
What is not to love, She is just unapologetically herself.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
I would like Robin/Janice to be likeable and not so obnoxious the audience cringes when she enters. It’s a fine line.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
Ay, forsooth

When did you first perform?
The first time I remember performing was in the Stars of Tomorrow competition when I was about 10. My sister’s and I performed Abba’s “If You Change Your Mind” and I can still remember some of the choreography. Seared in my brain might be a good description.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I hang out with my family, walk my dog, read. I love to travel but don’t do it enough.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Breathe out

Actor’s Bio: Lisa Noce, “Robin”
Lisa Noce has been performing locally for the past 10 years. Some of her recent favorite roles have included: “Grandma” in Addams Family, “Mrs. Mushnik” in Little Shop of Horrors and “Aunt Eller” in Oklahoma. Performing Shakespeare has long been on her bucket list so she is extremely appreciative of Aurora for providing this opportunity. In her daily life she works as an engineer so performing (hopefully) helps keep both sides of her brain happy.

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

Visit us at our website
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“I love that ‘Sarah’ is despicably duplicitous. I mean, I would hate her in real life, but she is definitely someone who would talk bad about you behind your back after smiling and complimenting you to your face. I love being able to play characters like that!” Grace Teddy, “Sarah Evans”

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Grace Teddy plays “Sarah Evans” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Because we are updating the story to be like a 90’s sitcom, there is a different kind of freedom that can be played with in this production. There are hyperbolic exaggerations that we can make with responses and the freedom of choices make it difficult just which one to choose and play with!

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I have never seen ANY Shakespeare show performed like a 90’s sitcom, but that surprises me, as this show in particular lends itself to such a setting!

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think the fact that we’re going to bring out a couch and put it away after every performance will be pretty surprising.

How is this character like you?
We’re changing “Sir Hugh Evans”, the Welsh Parson to “Sarah Evans”, a Southern Baptist living in an area that is vastly different to where she comes from. I can relate to that. “Sarah” just happens to be in NYC, and I’m here in Southern California.

Different?
Other than being a Southern fish out of water, “Sarah” and I are VERY different. I feel like she’s more of a busybody than myself. That is not to say that I’m not nosy, I just don’t try to influence everything the way “Sarah” does. I also think she wants to feel like she is superior by being the spiritual guide, while I prefer to be a member of the community while providing emotional and spiritual support for people.

What do you love and/or hate about this character?
I love that “Sarah” is despicably duplicitous. I mean, I would hate her in real life, but she is definitely someone who would talk bad about you behind your back after smiling and complimenting you to your face. I love being able to play characters like that!

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Because we are changing so much of “Sarah’s” character, there are so many choices that can be made! That freedom is both liberating and frustrating. Also the dancing. I’m not good at battle dancing.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
As originally written? I’d love to see Tom Hiddleston play “Sir Hugh”. He’s a trained Shakespearian actor, who would be so cute as a Welsh parson. As how we are doing it? Reese Witherspoon would be such a funny “Sarah”!

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
Not my line, but it makes me laugh, “Boarding call you it? I’ll be sure to keep him above deck.”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I think “Sarah” is perfect for me, but it would be fun to play one of the wives who are playing all the pranks on “Falstaff.”

When did you first perform?
I first performed for a school production about the pilgrims to North America when I was 6.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
This is such an unfair question! I’ll say my favorite drama is Hamlet. My favorite comedy is Noises Off by Michael Frayn. My current favorite musical comedy is The Music Man by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey, but that is always in flux!

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
A good Sunday is where I enjoy a rose mocha while knitting next to my significant other.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
The moments that I am not working for a theatre company and performing in shows, I enjoy knitting and baking.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I think I would really like to be a part of a production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. No one is doing it right now, but it’s such a fantastic show!

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
I remember my intention in the scene and take a breath.

Actor’s Bio: Grace Teddy, “Sarah Evans”
Grace is ecstatic to be a part of a production with OTE again! She previously performed with OTE in Romeo & Juliet and has since performed with BS Theatre in Much Ado About Nothing earlier this year. Obviously, playing in Shakespeare is something that Grace rather enjoys and playing “Sarah Evans” is a character that has her own unique and exciting challenges. Thank you to Aurora, Dawn, Steven, and Momma for all your support and patience!

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

Visit us at our website
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“‘Shallow’ is a very no nonsense kind of guy, and doesn’t have a lot of time for idle hands, just like me, I’m a pretty on the go guy.” Anthony Baratta, plays “Shallow”

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Anthony Baratta plays “Shallow” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
I would say, as in most Shakespeare productions, the language is always a challenge. It’s like learning a new language and takes a lot of time & practice. However, it always affords a great opportunity to create some really memorable characters.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
It’s being set in the 90’s as a sitcom. That’s a really cool idea by our fabulous director

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Just the quickness and sharpness of each character and how there’s really a lot going on but it’s still somehow easy to follow.

How is this character like you?
“Shallow” is a very no nonsense kind of guy, and doesn’t have a lot of time for idle hands, just like me, I’m a pretty on the go guy.

What do you love and/or hate about this character?
I just love how he goes about his business and deals with everyone directly instead of going on 100 different roundabout routes.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Finding a way to capture his no-nonsense attitude without making him obnoxious.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
For some reason I feel like Hugh Grant would be hilarious taking on “Shallow.”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
“Falstaff”.

When did you first perform?
Been performing since I was 8… really started taking it up at age 16

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Work front Desk for Marriott and make 1 minute sports videos

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Les Miserables

Actor’s Bio: Anthony Baratta, “Shallow”
I’m absolutely ecstatic to be back with OTE after a 2 year hiatus. Most recently I
took on “Officer Barrel” in Urinetown at STAGEs theatre in Fullerton. I’ve been very
active in the SoCal community theatre scene where my credits include, Guys & Dolls
as “Nicely Nicely”, Beauty and The Beast as “Cogsworth”, and “Salerio” in The Merchant of
Venice. At OTE I’ve been featured in MacBeth as “Banquo”, Much Ado About Nothing as
“Dogberry”, and Midsummer as “Bottom”. Super Special thanks to Director Aurora Culver
for casting me in such a great role, and to the OTE community for having me back!!!

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

Visit us at our website
Like us on facebook
Follow us on twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
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“It is very interesting to see how problems, situations and characters from the 1600’s still relate to the 1990’s.” Makenna Olsen, “Jill Rugby”

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Makenna Olsen plays “Jill Rugby” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think the most surprising factor that people will see in this show is all of the 90’s TV show references. It is very interesting to see how problems, situations and characters from the 1600’s still relate to the 1990’s.

When did you first perform?
My first stage production was when I was 4 years old in Alice in Wonderland and I’ve been a theatre geek since,

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
When I am not doing theatre, I enjoy singing with my ukulele and going to Disneyland with my friends.

Actor’s Bio: Makenna Olsen, “Jill Rugby”

Makenna Olsen is so thrilled to be part of her first Shakespeare show, Merry Wives of Windsor. Some of her favorite roles she has played include “Grandma” in Addams Family, “Edith” in Pirates of Penzance, and “Zaneeta” in Music Man. She would like to give a special thanks to Aurora and Katie for putting on such an amazing show and giving her the wonderful opportunity to play a part in this Shakespeare play.

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

Visit us at our website
Like us on facebook
Follow us on twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
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“I like the merging of starkly different worlds together. 90s sitcom meeting Shakespearean literature is definitely a unique combination to me.” Kenneth Phuong, “Nym”

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Kenneth Phuong plays “Nym” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I like the merging of starkly different worlds together. 90s sitcom meeting Shakespearean literature is definitely a unique combination to me.

How is this character like you? Different?
Nym, the eccentric assassin? I guess I can be rather odd at times too, but I’ve never actually assassinated anyone before!

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Troy Baker. That multi-talented man can do it all.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
SLICE!

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I think playing Slender could be pretty fun. Just a self-absorbed pretty boy who can be rather ditzy.

When did you first perform?
Besides a brief stint in 8th grade, I have not performed again until just last year. This will be my 4th show!

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Clava Non Hominum.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Gaming. I’ve actually competed in local tournaments and won actual prize money. I’d love to continue doing that.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Rent.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
A quick joke with my fellow castmates about breaking legs by demand of the Almighty Leg God, then slowly inhale and exhale.

Actor’s Bio: Kenneth Phuong,  “Nym”

Kenneth is slowly but surely making his mark as an aspiring actor! Many thanks to Laguna Niguel Community Theatre, El Camino Real Playhouse, and On The Edge Theater Productions for these opportunities to perform for you all. Many additional thanks to friends and family for their support all this way! You may have seen Kenneth doing a song and dance as “Society Max” in Guys & Dolls, face-palming as “Sydney” in Clava non Hominum, moving forward as “Tim Burr” in Dastardly Deeds at Harmony House, and donning many faces as the Hotel Clerk, Barman, Psychiatrist, and Priest in The Graduate.

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“We are bringing tons of fun and humor to the story!” Kelli Griffin, “Anne Page”

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Kelli Griffin plays “Anne Page” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?

The most challenging part about bringing this script to life is trying to use the words in the script and the meaning behind the lines to contextualize the show. Setting Shakespeare in the 1990s definitely isn’t easy, so we all are working very hard to bring our best 90s interpretations to what Shakespeare wrote so long ago.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?

This production is definitely bringing a fresh view of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Our show mimics beloved 90s sitcoms like Friends, so I think audiences will be able to relate the story to a setting they’re already familiar with. We are bringing tons of fun and humor to the story!

What’s going to surprise people about this show?

I think people are going to be surprised by how funny the show is and how well it fits into the setting of Friends. Even I didn’t realize the shocking amount of parallels between the two until we started digging deeper into our characters and the script during rehearsals.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?

Sofia Migliaccio. Girl, you’re my best friend, so if you aren’t there, I’m not sure what I’m going to do.

How is this character like you? Different?

“Anne Page” and I are similar in that we are a little snarky and a whole lot of fun, and that we have big, open hearts. Anne is a bit quieter than I would be in her situation and she definitely has a lot more boys interested in her than I do, that’s for sure.

What do you love and/or hate about this character?

I love that Anne isn’t afraid to continue her relationship with Fenton even though her parents keep on telling her no, although I wish she could break through to them before they got married. Anne isn’t super shy when handling her suitors and knows exactly what she wants in life, which I really admire.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?

The biggest challenge in playing Anne Page is finding ways to bring myself to the character as well as playing Anne like a character in a 90s sitcom. It may not be easy, but it is definitely fun to find new ways to say lines and figuring out what I like best.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?

“Alas, I had rather be set quick i’ the earth And bowl’d to death with turnips!”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?

Probably Mistress Ford or Mistress Quickly. I love all of the comedic roles for women in the show!

When did you first perform?

My first show was in 2011, when I was in the chorus of Annie Get Your Gun at age 9.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?

My perfect Sunday would be sunny, not too hot, and my friends and I would be at a miraculously-not-crowded Disneyland.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?

When I’m not doing theatre, I work at Chick-fil-A, hang out with friends at Disneyland, read books, and do a whole lot of schoolwork.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?

The next show I would do would probably be West Side Story or the Diary of Anne Frank.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?

I fix my costume and my hair and make sure that it is just right while I say my first few lines in my head to get into character.

ACTOR’S BIO: Kellie Griffin, “Anne Page”

Kelli Griffin is very excited to be returning to SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS to play “Anne Page” in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Kelli recently graduated from El Toro High School and will be attending Wagner College in the fall to pursue her degree in Theatre Performance. Some of her favorite roles include “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet (OTE), “Annie Oakley” in Annie Get Your Gun, “Ariel” in Footloose, “Ado Annie” in Oklahoma!, “Chava” in Fiddler on the Roof (Musical Theatre Village), and “Bridget” in Bring It On (Broadway On Tour). She would like to give a quick shoutout to her family (including those not actually related to her) for always encouraging her passion for theatre, to Rori for her incredible direction and faith in Kelli from a young age, and to her fellow cast for building such a fun show and environment. Enjoy!

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“She is a absolutely ready and raring to go to into some outrageous fun- along with her best friend- as they put into action a little plan they have devised…” Rhonda Goldstein “Mistress Margaret Page”

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS‘ is delighted to work with Rhonda Goldstein for the first time in The Merry Wives of Windsor opening Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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HOW IS THIS PRODUCTION BRINGING SOMETHING NEW TO THIS STORY?

As our incredibly creative director had the marvelous insight to perceive, this play lends itself to the genre of a 90’s sitcom. She, therefore, made excellent artistic choices to incorporate this idea into the life of our production, and is strongly encouraging our ensemble to work on building and enhancing this concept with her through a truly creative journey.

I find that the relationships between the characters are developing a depth of connection which will be especially relatable for modern audiences on many levels, most markedly in terms of friendships, in passionate pursuance of objects of love or desire, in the complicated relationships between husbands and wives; and how the many unique personalities within those relationships are nurtured and/or (shall we say) handled. The wildly funny mayhem is being so brilliantly brought to life through the remarkable endeavors of this dynamic director, ensemble, and production team! I am thrilled to be a part of it and excited for audiences to be a part of it too!

WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY, WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LINE OF DIALOGUE?

I adore most every word I am fortunate enough to utter as this wonderfully shrewd and playful character. One line that I especially love is:

“I warrant thee! If I do not act it, hiss me!”

She is a absolutely ready and raring to go to into some outrageous fun- along with her best friend- as they put into action a little plan they have devised…

BESIDES THIS ONE, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STAGE SHOW?

Besides this one, my favorite stage show (performance) was the unbelievable challenge of playing the dual roles of the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg and the deeply religious Mormon mother, Hannah Pitt in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America-arguably the most important and spectacularly prolific play of the 20th century. In addition, there were three minor- but no less urgent- characters that went along with playing these roles- an ancient rabbi, the world’s oldest living Bolshevik, and a Park Avenue doctor. To have had the opportunity to have given voice to Kushner’s tormented characters and their imperative trials through the modern day terror/plague facing our society was like no other!

ACTOR’S BIO: Rhonda Goldstein “Mistress Margaret Page”

After moving to Orange County almost two years ago due to my husband’s job, I am so thankful and delighted to have met such superb people through the theatre community here. I have been fortunate to have worked with Camino Real Playhouse, Newport Theatre Arts Center, Cabrillo Playhouse, and Modjeska Playhouse. I am thrilled to be a part of OTE’s production of The Merry Wives of Windsor and to work with all of the extremely welcoming and and extraordinarily talented people involved! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

SHOW INFORMATION:
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…

Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show “Friends” and many more!

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, bring your meal and make it a picnic event for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ outdoor performance presented by On The Edge Theatre Productions.

All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. Tickets $10
Age 12 and under free. All participants of age 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are sold (cash only) on the day of the show. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration  ). No refunds or transfers for this event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

Visit us at our website
Like us on facebook
Follow us on twitter @OnTheEdgeThtr
Follow us on instagram
Read our blog at OTE blog