Our lovely Master of Ceremonies is played by Rachel Trant in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Comedy of Errors returning to the Laguna Hills Community Center this Friday, August 10, at 7 p.m.
What are the roles you are playing in The Comedy of Errors?
I am the Master of Ceremonies, Solinus the Duke of Ephesus, and Luce.
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Mostly the language of Shakespeare and trying not to emphasize the rhymes.
Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
Because I love Shakespeare yet have not performed in one. Also Comedy of Errors is one of the few Shakespeare plays I hadn’t read before.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
We are putting a Vaudeville spin on this Shakespeare play.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Jennifer Hedgecock, my Shakespeare teacher, because Comedy of Errors was one of the plays we didn’t read in class.
What do you love about this character?
I love the Master of Ceremonies the best because of the outgoing character and how I’ve been given such freedom with creating it.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Nay, forward, old man”
If you could play any other Shakespeare character, who would it be?
If I could play any other Shakespeare character it would be “Prince Hal” or “Beatrice.”
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I’m getting my degree in English to become a high school teacher.
When did you first perform?
I started performing on the stage about four years ago.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Much Ado About Nothing
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Practicing lines or joking with my cast mates.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Going to school or writing.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Much Ado About Nothing
ACTOR’S BIO: Rachel Trant – “Master of Ceremonies”/”Duke”/”Luce”
Last performance was in the ensemble of Legally Blonde. Rachel has also been in productions of The Importance of Being Ernest, A Child’s Christmas in Whales, and various premieres of productions at the Camino Real Playhouse.
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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