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SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS is excited to have Marcia Anderson returning to the stage this summer! Marcia plays “The Host” in The Merry Wives of Windsor opening this July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.


Marcia shared some of her thoughts on the show.

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?

Shakespeare is always challenging at first because in the initial readings you’re just trying to figure out what the words mean. But the wonderful thing about Shakespeare is that with each new reading, more and more of the plot and character are revealed and it always results in a spectacular and entertaining story.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?

This production is adding another element to the storytelling by basing it on the 90s sitcom, “Friends”, and it will be fun for the audience to see which characters they recognize in the show.

What do you love and/or hate about this character?

One thing I love about this character is that her place is in the middle of the action so she knows a lot about what is going on with everyone. She plays it cool so that she can befriend the patrons and this way she can poke and prod and create a lot of entertaining mischief. And I get to interact with a lot of the other characters which is really fun.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?

The most challenging part of taking on the role of “Host” in this production is that since the action is taking place in New York, and I am the owner/manager of the coffee shop, I really want to sound like a native New Yorker. So I’ve been playing around reciting my Shakespearian lines with a New York accent hopefully without sounding like a mobster. It’s going to take a lot of practice!

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?

When I’m not performing, you can usually find me at home with my husband and my cat. I retired from teaching in September and the top of my to-do list is to transform my black thumb into a green thumb. Have I been successful? Well, nothing has died in the last ten months, so I’m counting that as a success!

ACTOR’S BIO: Marcia Anderson, “The Host”

Marcia Anderson is returning for her third production of SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS having previously performed in Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has been involved in community theatre as an adult since 2004 beginning with My Fair Lady at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. She continued with roles in Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly!, and Annie. Marcia has also worked with Aurora Culver and OTE in two of her favorite shows, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Moon Over Buffalo. Now that she is retired from her full-time job she is looking forward to being involved in more acting experiences.

“O powerful Love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other a man a beast.

This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious comedies, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event.

Performances @ 7 pm, July 19 & 20th, 26th & 27th, and August 2nd & 3rd. 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.  Call 949-707-2680 for more information.

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