Kaitlyn Smith plays Mercutio in OTE’s Romeo and Juliet opening July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I love that we have Spanish translations of the text throughout the play. With the setting and historical context we have, I think it enhances the text and enables the actors using it to play and have fun in a new way.
Call someone out by name who must come see this production?
What do you love about this character?
Mercutio has a lot of freedom to play with other characters and the language. She is not restricted to one family and she is able to get away with almost anything due to her relation to the Prince. She is very verbose and gives her opinions whether people want to hear or not, which is extremely fun to play within interactions with the other characters.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Mercutio is one of the most iconic characters in Shakespeare. It’s been challenging to take on a role that many people have their own ideas about and not leaning too hard on other performances I’ve seen. I’ve been working on making it my own while remaining true to the director’s vision.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue? “Thou hast most kindly hit it!”
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I’ve always wanted to play Tybalt! He has some intensely fun insults for other character and some awesome fight scenes.
When did you first perform? In 4th grade we did a musical called “A is for Aesop”. I joined choir halfway through the year just so I could be in the show and I ended up with a pretty fun part. I remember hamming it up at 10 years old.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre? Working mostly, traveling when I can, and generally clowning around!
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? “Noises Off”! I’ve always wanted to be in that show!
Kaitlyn Smith is excited to return to this season of OTE’s Shakespeare in the Hills! She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with Honors in Acting. Previous favorite appearances include On the Edge Theater Production’s Twelfth Night (Maria), University of California’s the Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell) and Threepenny Opera (Honey the Beggar), Shakespeare by the Sea’s Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula/Hugh Oatcake), and Orange County High School of the Art’s Dearly Departed (Delightful). She is literally a clown in her spare time. Thanks to the amazing Aurora Culver for this opportunity, and thanks to her family and friends for their constant love and support.
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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