Sunday, April 28 – What a celebration! Past actors, production members, crew, and audience members gathered at the Laguna Hills Community Center to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday AND On the Edge Theatre Production’s 10th anniversary! The Afternoon Tea was a gift to the many volunteers who have brought so much to the numerous productions with OTE.
Guests were served delicate finger sandwiches, scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream, strawberries, and of course various teas all on an eclectic array of china. Shakespeare monologues, sonnets, and scenes were performed by Jill Cary Martin, Aurora Culver, Kaitlyn Smith, Jarrod Davis, Grace Teddy, Elizabeth Pimental, and Steven Teats. A slide show ran continuously of photos from over the years of theatrical productions.
Aurora Culver spoke of the beginnings and history of OTE, “OTE originally started as a project for me to direct more shows, a sort of living resume. It began in 2009 with our production of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged’ performed at La Paz Intermediate. When we did ‘Moon Over Buffalo,’ Daryl Walezak was in the audience. He contacted me inviting OTE to be based at the Laguna Hills Community Center. This will be our 7th year of Shakespeare in the Hills.”
Aurora went on to speak of the future, “Our new mission statement: to be a community driven company, bringing theatrical works to life and creating new opportunities and experiences for the community.
“We hope to encourage people to step forward into positions that will help support and grow OTE.”
The afternoon culminated in conversation between new and old friends.
Currently holding auditions for this summer’s production.
Shakespeare in the Hills
“The Merry Wives of Windsor”
“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.”
Sir John Falstaff and his entourage are wearing out their welcome in Windsor. The city isn’t big enough for his antics and appetites, especially as he sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s lovely daughter, Anne, is under romantic siege from several local admirers. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as the men try to get what they want, but it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings in this story…
Originally set in Shakespeare’s native land and time, this comedy shares traditions with today’s well-loved sitcoms. With its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humor, we’ve brought it into the era of 90’s television, bringing elements from the show Friends and many more!
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. No refunds or transfers for this event. Call (949) 707-2680 for more information.
7/19 from 7:00-9:00 PM
7/20 from 7:00-9:00 PM
7/26 from 7:00-9:00 PM
7/27 from 7:00-9:00 PM
8/2 from 7:00-9:00 PM
8/3 from 7:00-9:00 PM
Fee: $10 per person, Children Ages 12 & under free with paying adult
Ages: All Ages
Instructor: On The Edge Theatre Production
Laguna Hills Community Center
25555 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA