Get to know our “Luciana”, Chelsea Caracoza, in this year’s SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Comedy of Errors, opening August 3 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
I think anybody and everybody will love this show but especially those who are really into the Laurel and Hardy era as well as anyone who loves the Golden Age of Hollywood.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Well I tried CPR on it but it wasn’t responding, I had to get the paddles.
Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
Shakespeare is somewhat scarce in Southern California so once a friend told me The Comedy Of Errors was being cast, I knew I had to jump at the chance of being in it. I haven’t performed Shakespeare in three years so I was glad to see an open call for a genre I really enjoy.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
A lot of Shakespeare productions tend to use REALLY popular decades for their setting yet I have not seen one be performed with a 1930s setting let alone one with circus/vaudeville acts.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
That neither set of missing “twins” look alike and that none of the characters are making connection with that.
How is this character like you? Different?
I’m like Luciana in the sense that I like to keep the peace. I’m different than her because I’m actually IN a serious relationship.
What do you love about this character?
That she’s so headstrong yet still needs a cuddle once in awhile.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Consistently having to have top energy whenever onstage.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Tom Hiddleston. He’d look great in a dress.
If you could play any other Shakespeare character, who would it be?
“Lavinia” in Titus Andronicus. Having to do most of the show with the characters tongue cut out and hands missing would be a great challenge. Also trying to express emotion with those two things lacking is an acting exercise in itself.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
When did you first perform?
Technically age 6 in a school production of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare,’ but if we’re talking about when I ACTUALLY made my discovery of wanting to act as a profession, it was age 11 in ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ I was a talking deer and had one line. It was then that I had a moment.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Meryl Streep (aka The Queen)
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Church and a trip to the beach.
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Pick on David Cromer with Kaitlyn Smith.
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
I’d like to say it’s me but it’s not…Smith and Cromer take this one.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Trips to the beach, work on cosplay, spend time with friends and family.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
A magic wand?! I’m going to Hogwarts that’s what I’m doing!
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Say to myself, “Don’t “F” this up” and do a pterodactyl yell.
ACTOR’S BIO: Chelsea Caracoza – “Luciana”
This is Chelsea’s first time performing with SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS! She was last seen performing as “Nina” in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike at Cabrillo Playhouse in San Clemente as well as “Ellen” in Golden West Theatres production of The Little Dog Laughed in Huntington Beach. Aside from acting, Chelsea enjoys dance (she’s trained in ballet and jazz), modeling, and anything physical fitness worthy. She also is an avid cosplayer and frequents the Southern California Comic-Con scene. Follow her cosplay page on Instagram @sincerelyyourcc!
This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for Shakespeare’s zany comedy of adventure, mayhem, and mistaken identity! The Comedy of Errors tells the tale of two sets of twins split apart by a tragic shipwreck at a young age. Years later, unbeknownst to them, they have all ended up in the same town, unaware that they are being mistaken for each other.
With vaudeville performance, slapstick humor, immersive staging, and Shakespeare’s comedic writing, 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. All performances are held at the Laguna Hills Community Center & Sports Complex’s Gazebo and Town Green.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. 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. Call (949) 707-2680 for more information.
Performances @ 7 pm, August 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th. 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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