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Shakespeare in the Hills 2016

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.

Headshot Kaitlyn Smith

KAITLYN SMITH plays Maria in Twelfth Night and Ross in Macbeth

Why do you enjoy performing Shakespeare?
I love the language! I enjoy how different it is to our normal vocabulary, and I see performing his plays as an opportunity to make the language accessible for everyone watching. Anyone and everyone can understand Shakespeare, and my goal is to help people become less afraid of the diverse language.

Describe the characters you play in 3 sentences or less.
Maria is Olivia’s sassy and fun loving servant! She always knows what to say and how to have a good time, whether it’s pranking her rival Malvolio or having a party with her man Toby & his friends.

Ross is a Thane (noble) and a female warrior within the armies of the play. She often brings news of events happening offstage, sometimes changing the course of a character’s life in a very impactful way. She has a very strong and loyal personality, following Macduff to the army opposing Macbeth despite the danger.

What similarities do you share with your characters?
Like Maria, I love to have fun!! I try to bring the party wherever I go!

I am deeply loyal to my friends and family as Ross is.

How are you different from your characters?
Maria is a little more vengeful than I am. She takes her prank with Malvolio further than I would go, and even though she doesn’t feel pity for him, as an objective reader I certainly do!

Ross is a bit more careful around others than I am, and she doesn’t have as many people she can trust in her life as I do. Being a woman in a man’s world has made her more wary of people, and while she enjoys her position she is always watching for hidden threats.

Why do you feel Shakespeare’s plays are still relevant today?
Though the language may sound different, the themes presented in Shakespeare’s plays still have those basic thoughts and ideas that all people resonate with. It’s applicable to any person and any time period. Presenting both classic and innovative Shakespeare performances exemplifies how dynamic and meaningful the basic ideas are.

What professional actor do you admire and why?
I admire the versatility and talent of Robin Williams very much. He was an amazingly talented voice actor, which is a field I have always been interested in. He was also able to perform in both incredibly hilarious and very dramatic roles effortlessly.

If acting is not your day job, what is?
I work for the Attractions Department of Disney California Adventure!

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.
I would enjoy reading around the house with some snacks and my cat purring on my lap.

Call out someone who MUST see your show!
My family & friends! You know who you are! …You’d better…

Performance Biography for Kaitlyn Smith:
Kaitlyn is pleased to be making her debut with this season of OTE’s Shakespeare in the Hills! She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine (Theater & Education). This is her third time performing in Twelfth Night and her first time in Macbeth. Some favorite roles include Ursula & Hugh Oatcake (Much Ado About Nothing), Delightful (Dearly Departed), Lady Brackell (the Importance of Being Earnest), and Honey the Beggar (Threepenny Opera). She is literally a clown! Thanks to my family & friends for their support, and thanks to the wonderful directors for this opportunity! Much love, and enjoy the shows!

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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