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veronica and anthony

Anthony Baratta (left); Veronica Holley (right)

ANTHONY BARATTA performs in both Macbeth and Twelfth Night

Describe your character(s):
Banquo is a man who’s always on the lookout for his friends and above all else
his son Fleance. He enjoys Macbeth’s company, and considers him a dear friend.
However I get the feeling Banquo is also very wary around Macbeth, and doesn’t trust
him as far as he could throw him.

My other Character, Valentine, is more than happy to be in the service of General
Orsino. He is 100% loyal and always at the ready with a detailed report for the
general on the goings on around Virginia.

What similarities do you share with your character(s)?
like Banquo and Valentine, I’m very protective and loyal to all my friends, and
also make friends very easily. Though I don’t have a son, I consider all my friends
almost like family because they all have an important place in my heart.

How are you different from your character(s)?
Unlike Banquo I don’t hold a lot of suspicions about my friends. I never get
the feeling that any of them would hurt me intentionally. Unlike Valentine I’ve
always got an answer for something and Valentine always does as he’s told without
question.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Well look at the facts. Over 400 years later people are still trying to put
their own “spin” on his stories. People are always pulling elements from his plays
and putting it into their own works. SHAKESPERARE IN LOVE is a great example, as its
pretty much Romeo and Juliet without the death at the end, THE LION KING is another
as that’s pretty much Hamlet.

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
These were my bedtime stories as a kid. My father would read me these plays,
and then breakdown scene by scene what was going on in the story. I’ve always had
an affinity to Shakespeare and really love reciting such famous lines, and
portraying his incredible characters.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I admire quite a few. If I had to pick them it’d probably be Michael Fassbender,
Tom Hardy, and Tom Hanks. You can see in all their performances, they’re putting
everything they have into them and always come through with something magical on the
screen or stage.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
One day it will be my full time job. Until then I spend my days, and sometimes
overnights checking people in, preparing bills and invoices and interacting with the
public at the Reisdence inn in Costa Mesa as a Front Desk Associate and Night
auditor.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
Onstage, at the Ballpark, or at Disneyland. Give me a combination of any of
those and I’ve got the perfect Sunday afternoon. Honestly waking up with air in my
lungs, and a song in my heart makes the perfect any day for me.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
If I had to pick my Looseleaf Theatre Co. Family Specifically Gianni Barrales,
Barnaby James, Vahan Oknayan, Jeremy Schlitt and wife, Sowmya Sivam, Marcos and
Sarah Cabrera all need to see this.

Performance Bio for Anthony Baratta:
Anthony is having a blast returning to OTE this Summer. He was seen in their
productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream last summer as Bottom. He’s been very
active in the southern CA, theatre community and 2016’s been especially good to him
where his credits already include A Few good Men, Romeo and Juliet, and the Sound Of
Music. Anthony would like to thank the awesome casts of both shows for their
tireless work and dedication. He would also like to send a super thank you to
directors Dawn Doherty and Josefine Damgaard for these awesome opportunities!!!

VERONICA HOLLEY debuts with OTE this year in Macbeth

Describe your character:
I play Lennox, a naive and flip-floppy Scottish Lord.

What similarities do you share with your character?
I can be naive of what bad things people can do, and I to try to see the good in them all the time.

How are you different from your character?
Lennox completely trusts authority. I… well, I don’t always trust authority.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Shakespeare delves deeply into the human experience. In comedies, people’s foils are exposed and turned upside down. In tragedies, people’s foils are a fault of their own. Shakespeare is timeless because his themes are pervasive throughout history.

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I love performing Shakespeare because his work is a challenge. Anything from the emotional depth to the way to read the verse, Shakespeare’s works are so challenging and fun!

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I admire Jennifer Lawrence because she can take any role and make it believable, truthful, and her own. I also admire Leonardo DiCaprio because he is so dedicated to telling a good story!

If acting is not your day job, what is?
Currently I’m a stage manager for the American Coast Theater Company in Costa Mesa. I am a full time student as well, studying theatre performance and production at Vanguard University.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
My perfect Sunday afternoon? Going to the beach with my family!

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
I’m going to call out all my friends who say they will come to my shows but never do, to come to this show! (You know who you are).

Performance Bio for Veronica Holley:
Veronica Holley is very happy to be making her Shakespeare in the Hills debut! Recent Shakespearean credits include Mopsa/Dion in The Winter’s Tale (Vanguard Lyceum Theater). Veronica is also a stage manager for the American Coast Theater Company in Costa Mesa. She would like to thank Josefine, the cast and crew for this awesome experience! Veronica thanks her family and friends for being so supportive. Visit Veronica’s website at http://veronicaelenaholley.tumblr.com/
Follow Veronica on Instagram!: @veronicaelenaholley

Shakespeare in the Hills 2016

TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Dawn Doherty and MACBETH directed by Josefine Damgaard

Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT will play July 29, 30, 31, and August 7. In rep will be Shakespeare’s MACBETH performing August 5, 6, 12, and 13.

The shows will start at 7 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the community center. Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic dinner. Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free.

The show will be held at the Laguna Hills Community Center on the lawn by the gazebo, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration at https://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).

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