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Alyssa Elder plays “Lady Capulet” in OTE SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ Romeo and Juliet opening this Friday, July 28 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Some of the male roles are cast as females and I think it gives an interesting and fresh take on the relational dynamics; especially between Romeo and his best friend, Mercutio.

How is this character like you? Different?
I’d like to think that I am as sure of myself as Lady C. and able to speak my mind boldly, but she seems more focused on herself than others. I would like to hope that I have more concern for those around me and am empathetic to their needs.

What do you love about this character?
Her strength, confidence, and strong will.

What do you hate about this character?
She at times seems overly self indulgent and self-centered.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Lady Capulet has been played by some dynamic and talented women, who have brought a lot of complexity, comedy, and drama into the part. It’s challenging tackling a role that has been played so well by many others before me.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Cate Blanchett.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Les Miserables.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Church, Rock Climbing, and hanging out with friends.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Sailing, Climbing, and collecting house plants that I will inevitably kill.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next? Antony and Cleopatra.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Think that I should have used the bathroom one last time.

Alyssa Elder is excited to finally, at long last, act in the play that sparked her initial love for Shakespeare back in junior high. She studied acting full-time at The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts. She is excited to be back on stage after a recent break to focus on producing her own short film and record some voice over work. Some of her other roles include: Mrs. Martin in Ionesco’s, The Bald Soprano, and Dr. Perla Labat in the live podcast play, Escape! The End of Humanity Song.

SHOW INFORMATION:

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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