We are thrilled to have Kaitlyn Smith return as “Dromio of Syracuse” and Technical Director for SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS‘ production of The Comedy of Errors opening August 3 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
Someone who enjoys ridiculous humor, laughing, and having a fun time!
Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
I’ve always enjoyed performing. I truly love Shakespeare, especially making his plays and writing more accessible to people. So many people know of Shakespeare but get disinterested by the language. I always hope that people will come to these performances and walk away with a new enjoyment of his work.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The theme. Placing the play in a Vaudevillian setting has opened the doors for the cast to show off how talented they are, as well as lending a new interpretation to the meaning of the original text.
What do you love about this character?
I love how physically involved this character is! The amazing direction of Aurora Culver allows us to be as ridiculous as we can be within the context of the setting and text. One of my focuses is in physical and nonverbal theatre and every day I try to come up with something bigger and more outlandish to do onstage. And Aurora lets me because this character is a huge clown!
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
It has been really fun collaborating with my “twin” Dromio of Ephesus and discovering what similarities we can bring to both characters without making them exactly the same. The twins grew up in very different places, but they share inherent qualities that will hopefully be apparent onstage.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Not mad, but mated- how I do not know.”
If you could play any other Shakespeare character, who would it be?
Give me some high heels and call me Helena! (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A kid at heart.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
I love Noises Off and the Importance of Being Earnest.
Who do you look up to as an actor?
I really admire Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. They were masters of theatrical nonverbal communication and their performances onscreen are truly phenomenal.
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Clowning around with my awesome castmates!
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I still want to do Noises Off!!
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Take a breath and sink into the feeling of the show.
ACTOR’S BIO: Kaitlyn Smith – “Dromio of Syracuse”/Technical Director
Kaitlyn Smith is excited to return to her third 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 Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio) and 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, 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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