“The sword fights are very realistic, with metal swords and great acting. They are very exciting!” Lanette Gutman, the Nurse in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Lanette Gutman plays the Nurse in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet returning to the Laguna Hills Community Center this Friday, August 11 for it’s final weekend.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The Stairs….And my first attempt at outdoor theater. It really is a different animal. And the Stairs, plus Shakespeare is new to me too, so getting the iambic pentameter just right has been a challenge for me. And the Stairs.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
Our time in history. Alta California, and the Spanish feel, flavors the story with a bit of fire in my opinion.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The sword fights are very realistic, with metal swords and great acting. They are very exciting!

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
All my PCOM church friends, MTV theatre friends and GOGALS…You know who you are! Come see!

How is this character like you?
The Nurse is a very strong character in the story. She is a mother figure and confidant to Juliet. She is also a go-between with Juliet, Romeo and with the Friar. She really does love Juliet and has her best interests at heart.

How is this character different from you?
I am different in that I think I would have implored more of Juliet’s mother into the conversation, and not excluded her so much.

What do you love about this character?
I love how bold she is. She is gentle and loving yet playful with Juliet, and then the next moment hold her own against the bully Mercutio and violent Capulet.

What do you hate about this character?
She was not able to see through the Friar’s attempt to drug Juliet to sleep. This haunts her.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
The language of Shakespeare has been tough. Being a 6th grade reading and language arts teacher… the grammar has been tricky.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I would have loved to see Robin Williams do it. Also Maggie Smith would be awesome.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
‘I pray you senor, what saucy merchant was this that was so full of her ropery?’

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I love playing pants parts. So Tybalt or Mercutio would’ve been nice in younger years.

When did you first perform?
I did musicals in High School and in College. But my degree is in vocal performance.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
To perform? Toss up between Nunsense and Annie! To watch, a toss up between Oklahoma!, and West Side Story ( alas…. those soprano roles)

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Lunch and a movie with my son David

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
When time??? Teach elementary school and spend time with family.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I’d love to do Mama Mia!

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
When possible, I like to sit quietly alone in the dark, in the wings…getting into character… say a little prayer…and go!

Lanette Gutman is very excited to play the Nurse in this beautiful production of Romeo & Juliet. This is her first time in not only Shakespeare, but in doing a play. Most of her time is with Musicals playing character roles, such as Marmee in Little Women, Miss Hannigan in Annie!, Mother Superior in Nunsense and Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly! Thank you Aurora Culver and On the Edge Productions for this wonderful opportunity. Enjoy the show!​

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“It’s an annual event we have incorporated into our family’s summer activities and we look forward to it every year!” – Holly Jones, opening night audience member.

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OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet returns this Friday, August 4 to the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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This experience is perfect for family and kids! Come a little early and enjoy the company of other families and friends while picnicking. There’s a nearby playground for kids to enjoy if they get restless. Best of all, kids 12 and under are FREE!!!!

Here’s what some of our audience members’ have to say about the venue and entertainment:

“Our family attended the Shakespeare in the Hills opening night for ROMEO & JULIET and we loved the experience! There’s nothing better than sitting outside, under the stars, enjoying time with family and friends in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, and watching Shakespeare being performed. We enjoy the casual seating (first-come, first served, picnic-style on the ground or in chairs, right in front of the stage area) watching the performance while noshing on food we bring. It’s an annual event we have incorporated into our family’s summer activities and we look forward to it every year!” -Holly Jones, mother of three active boys.

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“The atmosphere is friendly and the acting stellar for this production in the park of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We loved bringing a picnic dinner and some lawn chairs and enjoying some fine entertainment. Bring a blanket as it got chilly in Act 2 the night we saw it. Best entertainment deal of the summer!” – Keeran Reidling

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“This is the third year I have attended OTE’s Shakespeare in the Hills. It is always a great evening of entertainment. Outdoor theater is a wonderful, interactive experience that cannot be matched. It is the perfect mix of enjoying our usually perfect Southern California weather, spending time with friends and family, and live entertainment. I highly recommend it for all ages” – Teri Griffin

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“Wow, what a fun time my daughter and I had seeing On The Edge Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet! It was an enjoyable and unique experience to be able to bring our beach chairs and sit under the stars while watching this amazing show. We even brought our own picnic dinner to eat as we watched the performance, which gave us a new concept of ‘dinner and a show’. All in all, we were happy to be able to experience another great Shakespeare in the Hills’ production!” – Linda Pace

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“My character and I are alike in the fact that we are determined, strong, and passionate, yet disciplined and well mannered… Needless to say we share a similar charm.” Anthony Cervero, “Paris” in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Anthony Cervero plays “Paris” in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet returning this Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
One challenging element of bringing this script to life is the fact that many of the scenes of the text could be perceived as quite intimate, however the scenes need to be open and projected out in the open for all of the viewers to understand, requiring loud and bold projection where something tender might be.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This production takes the story of “star crossed lovers” and places it in the time right before the gold rush, when the Californian missions were being established and migrants were moving out west to California, creating racial tensions between the families established and the ones arriving.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Something that might surprise people about this show is the amount of Shakespearean text translated into Spanish for some characters. This helps establish the setting for the story and culture for some characters.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
My old pals Yousef Arafa and Jacob Shapiro need to come out to see perform this role.

How is this character like you? Different?
My character and I are alike in the fact that we are determined, strong, and passionate, yet disciplined and well mannered. We like to set life goals for ourselves. Needless to say we share a similar charm. We’re different in the fact that the force of which he uses to make assumptions and judgments of others is more heedless than mine would be.

What do you love about this character?
I admire my character’s confidence, his charm, his politeness, and the fact that he is a successful member in this society.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
The biggest challenge of taking on this role is discovering the balance he has between wanting to keep the peace as political figure, yet having the fiery impulse to aggressively arrest someone in a dual by the end of the show.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I would like to see Tom Hiddleston tackle this role.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
If anyone, I would say that someday I’d love to play the role of Romeo, however, I enjoy being a character that brings a certain conflict to the story.

When did you first perform?
I first started performing in little musical shows in church at the age of five and have been performing in various things ever since.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Besides this one, my favorite stage show has to go to Les Miserables.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
My perfect Sunday afternoon would look like a nice run/hike after church.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
When I’m not doing theatre, I’m taking college classes and playing cello/guitar.

If you could choose any show, what show would you do next?
If I had omnipotent power, I would choose to do the show Tarzan.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Before the curtain goes up, I say a prayer of blessing and thanks for the show and I envelop the world and mind of my character.

Anthony is very thankful for the wonderful opportunity to perform in On The Edge’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Regional: Peter and The Starcatcher (Peter/Boy), Fiddler on The Roof, The Addams Family (Lucas), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), and The Killer Angels: Soldiers of Gettysburg at the Maverick Theatre. Graduate of South Coast Repertory Theatre Conservatory. Sincere gratitude to God, loving family and friends, Ivan Rutherford, Joni Prado, Aaron Al-Iman, Erin McNally at S.C.R, Kathy Paladino, Brian Newell and Pacific Dance Studio. “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“Gregorio is by far the sassiest character I’ve played. Much like me, he calls out his friends on their bluffs and has a few ditzy moments (like inviting a Montague to a Capulet party… Oops!)” Patrick Castillo, Gregorio in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Patrick Castillo plays Gregorio in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet opening TONIGHT, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
I believe the most challenging part of bringing the script to life is essentially making Shakespeare’s language understandable to unfamiliar audience members. As beauteous as it may be, even I have difficulty understanding what I’m saying half the time.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This play is the same R&J we’ve read in school, with a  twist, we base it in 1840 California instead of Europe.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The fact that we incorporate Spanish into this show might catch others off guard.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
My Father, Lionel Castillo.

How is this character like you? Different?
Gregorio is by far the sassiest character I’ve played. Much like me, he calls out his friends on their bluffs and has a few ditzy moments (like inviting a Montague to a Capulet party… Oops!)

What do you love about this character?
He’s bold. Willing to fight when he has too,

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Shakespeare’s language for sure. And the fact that I am just coming off from doing Fiddler on the Roof at Musical Theatre Village made memorization just a tad bit difficult.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I’d like to see Josh Gad take on this role. He’d definitely do it justice.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Hmmm… Benvolio would be fun.

When did you first perform?
That depends… It was either at 2 years old singing “Como La Flor” by Selena for my grandma, or 2nd grade in my schools choir.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Watching Wicked at the Pantages Theatre has been the only show I’ve seen at a professional theatre. But I’d say Little Shop of Horrors at Musical Theatre Village was also one of my favorites.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Church in the morning, lunch with friends, mid-day crocheting session, watching some Netflix shows and going to bed early.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I’m either working from 8am-5pm, hanging out with friends, crocheting, or sleeping in.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Catch Me If You Can, or Jesus Christ Superstar.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
The last thing I do before I go on stage is review my lines one more time, pray and sip some tea. When the curtain goes up and I do well, I take a small sigh of relief and get some food, and if it doesn’t go well, I review whatever needs fixing then get food.

This is Patrick‘s first production with OTE and is thrilled to be working alongside an amazing cast! His previous theatre experience includes productions of Fiddler on the Roof as Perchik, Little Shop of Horrors as the Dentist , and A Christmas with Scrooge as Topper at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. He hopes that his bilinguality pays off in this production and his peers enjoy the show!

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“It’s a lot of fun to tell this entire story in one sonnet, and then everyone else gets to elaborate and bring it to life!” Grace Teddy, Prologue in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Grace Teddy plays the Prologue, Citizen of Ventura, and Watch in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet opening this Friday, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?

I feel like the challenge to bring any Shakespeare play to life is getting rid of the idea that all his work is stuffy and dull. His tragedies have a lot of humor in them, and just about all of his plays have some bawdy humor in them. So trying to dispel the myth that this is the same Romeo and Juliet that you were forced to read freshman year of high school is probably the hardest part about bringing this story to life. Building and tearing down the set every performance is probably going to be difficult too.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?

This production is bringing Romeo & Juliet to California during the mid-1800’s. That allows for the intermingling of Spanish with the original text, which is intriguing. This is normally a script that people know backwards and forwards, and then there’s this different place and parts are in a different language that gives us this new life to the story.

What do you love about this character?

I love that I get to start the show. It’s a lot of fun to tell this entire story in one sonnet, and then everyone else gets to elaborate and bring it to life!

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

The biggest challenge is that my characters have so few lines. If there are more lines it’s easier to glean who the character is and build from there, but when there isn’t a lot your character says, you have to build up from scratch everything about who that character is. It’s very freeing, but also somewhat daunting.

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

Most of my free time that is not taken up by theatre I spend reading.

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

I would love to be in Hairspray.

This is Grace‘s first production with On the Edge Theatre. Previous works include Louise in Private Lives and Marie “Fatty” Pert in Look Homeward Angel. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with this group to make such a great show.

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“If we are not able to forgive one another for grievances, great or small, we shipwreck ourselves on a deserted island, even though we may live in a teeming metropolis.” Phil Seifert, Lord Montague in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Phil Seifert plays Lord Montague in OTE Shakespeare in the Hills’ Romeo and Juliet, opening this Friday, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s Challenging About Bringing This Script To Life?
The challenge of telling a story dependent on dialogue and emotions in an outdoor venue to an audience more accustomed to hand-held electronics and CGI special effects.

How Is This Production Bringing Something New To This Story?
Setting the story in Alta California in the years just before the Gold Rush and statehood demonstrates the timelessness of the themes of the power of love and reconciliation amidst the devastation wrought by hate and division.

What’s Going To Surprise People About This Show?
Discovering that William Shakespeare (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) wrote some of his dialogue in Spanish (or is it Spanglish?)

Call Out Someone by Name: Who must come see this production?
Matt Thomas and the team with whom I have the privilege of working at Know The Truth. Not to see me, but to enjoy live theatre presented by a talented and accomplished cast.

How is this character like you? Different?
I also am now the patriarch of an English/Irish family – although none of my children or siblings are involved in any blood feuds (at least that I know of).

What do you love about this character?
His willingness to forgive and to reconcile with Capulet, even though it has cost him so dearly. If we are not able to forgive one another for grievances, great or small, we shipwreck ourselves on a deserted island, even though we may live in a teeming metropolis.

What do you hate about this character?
That it took such a cost in bloodshed to come to a reconciliation. False pride and bruised egos have been the major cause of most of the grief and bloodshed over the entire course of human history.

What is the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Adopting the mindset of someone who bears a deep grudge/animosity against another, to the point of losing his son. I savor the sweet taste of grace and forgiveness, while the bitter gall of an unforgiving spirit makes me retch.

Beside yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Derek Jacobi

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Probably Friar Laurence or The Prince– although it would take more acting chops and comedic presence for me to carry off Friar Laurence. I would have no difficulty being the officious and haughty Prince.

When did you first perform?
In high school; in the middle years of the last century. More recently, (i.e. this century) after getting reintroduced to the magic and power of live theatre in small venues through Musical Theatre Village in Irvine and On The Edge Productions here in Laguna Hills. Twelfth Night was my first on-stage role with OTE.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
It is hard to pick one out of the many available, but, if forced to choose, I would probably say Kiss Me Kate or Kismet. For drama it would probably be Mr. Roberts or A Man For All Seasons.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
After a week of constant activity between the radio ministry and the demands/opportunities of theatre, I like to just sink into the leather sofa in my family room (that sucks the life force out me), pay proper attention to the cat who shares my residence, and periodically checking to make sure that my eyelids do not leak light.

What do you do when you are not doing theatre?
I have the great privilege of volunteering for Pastor Philip De Courcy’s “Know The Truth” radio ministry and being involved with my church. Also, making sure that I meet the security, sustenance and sanitation needs of the cat who adopted me last year.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Shakespeare: The Taming Of The Shrew

What’s the last thing you do before you step on stage?
Thank God (the Audience of One) and commit the performance to His honor and glory; and then remind myself of the secrets to a successful performance detailed by Spencer Tracy: know my lines and don’t run into the furniture.

Phil Seifert  was born in the early years of the middle decade of the last century (you all can do the math). He is retired after a 46-year career in the national defense and national intelligence communities including active naval service and am now blessed with the opportunity to volunteer with Kindred Community Church and Philip De Courcy’s bible-teaching radio ministry. He was married for 44+ years (and has now been widowed for 8 years), with two adult children and 5 grandchildren – none of them living in California – so he has time to get involved with community theatre. Phil was adopted by a rescued cat a year-ago who has granted Phil the privilege of meeting his sustenance, security, and sanitation needs, while retaining the absolute right to decide when and where he will grant Phil an audience. Phil looks forward to each day as another opportunity to learn new things and to make a difference in another person’s life – even if it is simply an encouraging word, a smile, a recognition of that person’s presence and inherent value as a child of God.

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? “Sailing, Climbing, and collecting house plants that I will inevitably kill.” Alyssa Elder, “Lady Capulet” in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Alyssa Elder plays “Lady Capulet” in OTE SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ Romeo and Juliet opening this Friday, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Some of the male roles are cast as females and I think it gives an interesting and fresh take on the relational dynamics; especially between Romeo and his best friend, Mercutio.

How is this character like you? Different?
I’d like to think that I am as sure of myself as Lady C. and able to speak my mind boldly, but she seems more focused on herself than others. I would like to hope that I have more concern for those around me and am empathetic to their needs.

What do you love about this character?
Her strength, confidence, and strong will.

What do you hate about this character?
She at times seems overly self indulgent and self-centered.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Lady Capulet has been played by some dynamic and talented women, who have brought a lot of complexity, comedy, and drama into the part. It’s challenging tackling a role that has been played so well by many others before me.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Cate Blanchett.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Les Miserables.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Church, Rock Climbing, and hanging out with friends.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Sailing, Climbing, and collecting house plants that I will inevitably kill.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? Antony and Cleopatra.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Think that I should have used the bathroom one last time.

Alyssa Elder is excited to finally, at long last, act in the play that sparked her initial love for Shakespeare back in junior high. She studied acting full-time at The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts. She is excited to be back on stage after a recent break to focus on producing her own short film and record some voice over work. Some of her other roles include: Mrs. Martin in Ionesco’s, The Bald Soprano, and Dr. Perla Labat in the live podcast play, Escape! The End of Humanity Song.

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“I love that both of my characters are feisty and not afraid to speak their minds.” Marge Packman, Lady Montague & First Watchman in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Marge Packman plays Lady Montague and First Watchman in Romeo and Juliet opening this Friday, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The most challenging thing about this particular production is the language.
Shakespearean English is difficult enough to pronounce, even without the addition of
Spanish!

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
The re-setting of this play to Alta California really adds a unique dimension and
depth as it sets the eternal love story and tragedy against the backdrop of colonial
California, where the Capulet Spanish rancheros are the established old guard, and
the Montague American merchants are the newcomers.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Without giving too much away, I think people will be surprised and delighted with
the interaction between the actors and the audience.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Rather than calling out anyone in particular, I would like to encourage everyone who
has a friend or family member in the cast to come out to see at least one
performance. I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of knowing they have your
support.

How is this character like you? Different?
Like Lady Montague, I have a son who lives some distance away. Thankfully, these
days it’s much easier to keep in touch via phone and email!

As for the First Watchman, whom I also portray, I, too would be horrified at the
tragedy that we discover.

What do you love about this character?
I love that both of my characters are feisty and not afraid to speak their minds.

What do you hate about this character?
I really hate the way that Shakespeare disposes of Lady M offstage.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
(You have to imagine me saying this one with a Spanish accent.) “A great suspicion!
Stay the friar, too!”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I would love to have a crack at playing the nurse (although, I must say, Lanette is
doing a wonderful job). The nurse role calls for a wide range of acting including
both comedy and tragedy.

When did you first perform?
I started out doing a couple of very minor parts in my nephew’s student films, which
are still available on Vimeo. My first stage performance was in last year’s Macbeth.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
During the school year, in addition to working several part-time/substitute jobs, I
coach a middle-school cheer team up in Los Angeles, which entails a lot of driving.
I occasionally write articles for the internet, including for a cheerleading
website. I also love scrapbooking, card-making, cooking, and watching sports and
cooking shows on TV.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I think it would be a blast to do “Merry Wives of Windsor”.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
I usually try to follow along in my script when I’m backstage, so I usually put down
my script, then take a quick drink of water to help lubricate my vocal cords and a
deep breath before I get into position.

This is Marge Packman’s second year with OTE, after having portrayed several minor
characters in last year’s production of Macbeth. Marge was born in Chicago and
earned a BA in English from Northern Illinois University. For her day jobs, Marge
holds several substitute positions with local schools. In her spare time, she
coaches a middle-school cheer team and spends way too much money on scrapbooking
supplies. Marge would like to thank her husband, Gary, and children, Michelle and
David, for their support.

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“Juliet isn’t shy and she is not your ‘typical ingénue,'” Kelli Griffin, “Juliet” in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET

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Kelli Griffin plays “Juliet” in OTE’s Shakespeare in the Hills‘ production of Romeo and Juliet opening July 28, 2017 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
The most challenging element of bringing this script to life is delving deep into
the words and understanding them well enough yourself that the message translates
clearly to the audience.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
Our production brings a fresh perspective to this story in the way we tell it.
Setting the show in Alta California brings a new depth to the entirety of the show
and to the individual characters.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Ryan Fredericks. Be there or be trapezoid (because nobody really likes trapezoids).

How is this character like you? Different?
I think Juliet and I are similar because we are both strong, sassy, independent
people that are filled with passion and drive. We are different in that Juliet goes
to a very great extent for a guy and rushes into things, whereas I am a lot more
rational and levelheaded.

What do you love about this character?
I love the way that Juliet loves her life. She is fearless and is not afraid to go
for what she wants. Juliet isn’t shy and she is not your “typical ingénue”.

What do you hate about this character?
I hate the common perception and stigma of Juliet. People so often see her as weak,
unintelligent, and impractical, but ignore the strength she shows and her cleverness
and the reality that she brings.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
The biggest challenge for me is definitely taking the lines and bringing them to
life. Memorizing the lines is one thing, but interpreting them is a whole new game.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“If I do so, it will be of more price being spoke behind your back than to your
face!”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Mercutio, because she (he) is so sarcastic and witty.

When did you first perform?
I started actually performing at age nine, but I had done little performances and
choir shows at church from a very young age.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Hanging out with all of my friends at Disneyland!

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
The Diary of Anne Frank

Kelli Griffin is overjoyed to be playing the role of Juliet in OTE’s
production of Romeo and Juliet. Ever since she was a little girl, she has
been enamored with theatre and this little thing we call “show business”.
She would like to thank her director Aurora for her constant support,
encouragement, and for this wonderful opportunity. She would also like to
thank her parents and theatre family for all of their love. Lastly, she
would like to thank her lovely cast mates for all of the hard work, time
and energy they have poured into this show. Enjoy!

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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“It’s so easy to fall into the darker aspects of this play, but most of it is written as a comedy,” Max Sorg, Romeo in OTE’s ROMEO AND JULIET.

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Max Sorg plays Romeo in OTE’s SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS production of Romeo and Juliet opening July 28, 2017 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing the script to life?
The hardest thing is not letting the tragedy overtake the rest of the play. It’s so easy to fall into the darker aspects of this play, but most of it is written as a comedy. The tragedy of the play is allowing the characters victories to feel like victories rather than temporary respites before the final act of desperation.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
How easy it is to understand the language. OTE’s actors have a remarkable gift of letting the language flow like it’s regular everyday English. The intention behind each word is so clear. I really feel like people are not going to be put off by the Shakespearean dialect, and they’re just going to see a really great show.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Given that Romeo is such an iconic role, I need to find his voice in me. It’s hard because so many iconic actors have done this role, and it’s important to find my own take on the character without letting the other portrayals influence my work.

What do you love about this character?
Romeo is so in the moment. Every moment is so important to him, and he’ll get lost in moments of beauty and sadness. As an actor these types of characters are a dream, because you have to stay engaged with the script and be as connected as possible to each moment. It is also an incredibly humbling experience, because the character is so smart and so great with his words. He’s such a challenge to portray, but when I feel like I get him right, that’s the moment I did my job correctly.

If you could play any other character in the show, who would it be?
Mercutio. That character gets the best sword fight, the best speech, and the actor gets to sit back and read a book in the second act.

When did you first perform?
I acted out Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to my parents when I was three or four years old. I had memorized the entire book, so I decided to put on a show for my parents.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
The first thing I do before going onstage is take a deep breath, and let the last thought I have as me go through my head which is usually,”Let’s take this one step at a time”. From then on, I know it’s going to be a good show, because I’m mentally ready.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
I’m a Shakespeare sucker, so it’d have to be Hamlet.

Max Sorg (Romeo) is excited to be making his debut in the Southern California theatre scene. Max is originally from the Bay Area and has both an Associate’s Degree from Foothill Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Irvine in Dramatic Arts. Max’s other roles include Agelo the Watchmaker from Comedy of Errors, the Countee Paris in Romeo & Juliet, and Claudius in Hamlet. In his spare time Max is also a musician and can be found playing guitar or singing with his band. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him, and hopes that you will enjoy this production of Romeo & Juliet!

SHOW INFORMATION:

This summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills production transports the well-loved story of Romeo and Juliet to 1845 and the conflicted world of Alta California. With sword fights, immersive staging, and a blend of comedy and tragedy, this production for all ages is not to be missed!

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 (www.otetheatre.com). All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.

Performances @ 7pm, July 28th & 29th; August 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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