Shannon Dodson plays “Sampson/Sophia” in Shakespeare in the Hills, Romeo and Juliet. Opening July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?     The language makes all Shakespeare inherently challenging, for actors as well as for the audience. I think the challenge with Romeo & Juliet in particular is that it is such a well-known piece. Everyone comes to it with some sort of idea already in their mind, either from reading it in school or just absorbing it from the zeitgeist. So when you put it on you have to have that in mind, and be able to bring something to it that’ll make it fresh and entertaining.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?  How bad my Spanish is. JK literally no one will be surprised by that.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?  Hey Harry Styles, you’ve got some free time before your tour starts, right?

What do you love about this character? I love that Sampson/Sophia is all gusto and bravado and swagger but hightails it to the hills when someone actually takes her up on it. Fake it til you make it and someone calls you out on it amirite???

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?  Andrew Rannells

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?  Mercutio! But Kaitlyn’s got that one handled right now.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?  The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adley Guirgis

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?  I mean, in my perfect life I would spend most of my waking hours doing theater, buuuuut right now I have to work a day job. When I’m not at rehearsals, though, I love going to museums and art galleries, I love trying new restaurants with friends, I love going to see other people do theater, and I love watching the Angels.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?  Take a deep breath and ignore my sudden and spontaneous need to pee.

Shannon Dodson can think of no better way to spend a summer than doing Shakespeare in the Park and no better people to do it with than her pals at On The Edge. She was previously seen in OTE’s Twelfth Night as Olivia and Macbethas the Third Witch. Other favorite credits include A Piece of My Heart (Whitney), Tom Jones (Honour), The Diviners (Jennie Mae), and Little Women (Jo).


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 forShakespeare 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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