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Our lovely “Mrs. Snug” fashioned after the delightful Mrs. Patmore on Downton Abbey played by Kerry Hedley.

What sort of person is going to love this show?
Anyone who enjoys being outdoors on a summer’s evening, with a picnic, good company and worthy entertainment. This will be fun and accessible Shakespeare!!

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
For me, it will be creating a character with a minimum number of lines to speak.

Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
I have always wanted to do Shakespeare, having seen it on stage and screen, and because working with director, Aurora Culver is always a pleasure!

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I love that we are setting the show in the mid-twenties, with a nod to the characters portrayed in Downton Abbey. What fun!!

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
How funny and clever Shakespeare was! So often we identify him with his great tragedies – which Midsummer clearly is not!

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
I hope my kids and granddaughter come – it is Kim’s favorite Shakespeare play, and the park is right there for little Holly if she become restless in the hands of the Bard!

How is this character like you?
“Mrs. Snug” is not a big, brash woman. She feels confident about the work she is trained to do. She isn’t too sure about “acting” in a play, but when she finds out she gets to live out her fantasy and be the lion, she starts to get excited about the proposition.

In my mind, she is an excellent cook and knows how to run a big kitchen and put on a fancy menu for the upper class family she works for. Me – not so much!

What do you love about this character?
Her Irish-Scottish heritage, and charming brogue!

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Trying not to let her become the “Widow Paroo” from The Music Man!!

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“When lion rough in wildest rage doth roar.” (followed by the roar of a slightly unsure Irish lion)

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
It might be fun to play “Mrs. Quince” . . . . if I had a year to learn the lines!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A fine artist (watercolor paintings and pencil renderings are my two favorite media)

When did you first perform?
My earliest memories of being on stage were for the annual ballet recital at age four or five, for the Parks and Rec program I was in. I loved wearing the pretty costumes my mother would sew for my sister and I and getting to wear lipstick for that one day of the year. I particularly remember one year, when I was maybe six years old, when one other girl and I got to sing a song and lead the dance, while the rest of the class just danced. Probably my first time on a microphone. It was pretty thrilling!!

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
To be in: that would be Little Women. “Marmee” is a very special role – she is strong and tender, winsome and wise, but also accessible and imperfect. I also am a huge fan of Light in the Piazza – and would love to play the role of “Margaret Johnson” for the very same reasons.
To watch: Jekyll and Hyde, in its original incarnation, with Linda Eder in the role of “Lucy”, which her then husband, Frank Wildhorn, wrote for her. I saw it twice in one week, before it went to Broadway – and nothing has topped it since.

Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
First of all, to my dear friend Dawn Doherty. I am so looking forward (albeit a little daunted by the prospect) of being her assistant director for Oliver! next month. And I also love working with her daughter, Aurora Culver. They are both extremely talented, supportive and visionary directors.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
After a great Sunday morning of fellowship and teaching at my church – a nap is always a blessing on a Sunday afternoon. And it would be a great bonus to get to go to a movie with friends on that rare occasion when I have the time to do so!

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Running to the lady’s room!

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Since I work as a music director at another theatre, do all the graphic design work for them, and serve as artistic director for six months a year when the director/owner is out of the country – I “do theatre” most all the time. The rest of my time is spent in leadership activities for women’s Bible study and writing for my church.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Smile and encourage my fellow actors – theatre is a team sport!!


Bring a blanket or your lawn chair to the Laguna Hills Community Center for this summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills, which is featuring two productions for your enjoyment.

 Director Aurora J. Culver brings one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”,  to the Laguna Hills Community Center resulting in a marvelous mix-up of desire, whimsy, heartache, and farce, all touched by Shakespeare’s inimitable vision of life, love and the tantalizing reality of our most fantastical dreams. Performances are held at 6:30PM on July 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, and August 7th

For an irreverent, fast-paced 90 minute romp through all of the Bard’s 37 plays, Shakespeare in the Hills presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, featuring three madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.  Performances of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged begin at 6:30PM on August 1st, 2nd & 8th.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration athttps://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).

On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

The shows will start at 6:30 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the Laguna Hills Community Center, located at 25555 Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills, CA.  Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free

For more information write aurorajculver@gmail.com or call 949-707-2680.