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Makenna Olsen plays “Jill Rugby” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.


What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think the most surprising factor that people will see in this show is all of the 90’s TV show references. It is very interesting to see how problems, situations and characters from the 1600’s still relate to the 1990’s.

When did you first perform?
My first stage production was when I was 4 years old in Alice in Wonderland and I’ve been a theatre geek since,

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
When I am not doing theatre, I enjoy singing with my ukulele and going to Disneyland with my friends.

Actor’s Bio: Makenna Olsen, “Jill Rugby”

Makenna Olsen is so thrilled to be part of her first Shakespeare show, Merry Wives of Windsor. Some of her favorite roles she has played include “Grandma” in Addams Family, “Edith” in Pirates of Penzance, and “Zaneeta” in Music Man. She would like to give a special thanks to Aurora and Katie for putting on such an amazing show and giving her the wonderful opportunity to play a part in this Shakespeare play.

“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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