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Lisa Noce plays “Robin” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor, opening this Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Meshing Shakespeare with a more modern sit-com, Friends, is brilliant and fun but it does mess with your head a bit when you are saying “I’ll be sworn” in a New York accent.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I think it will be fun for the audience to see a lighter side with recognizable characters, but still hear Shakespeare’s words.

How is this character like you? Different?
I am playing Robin Slender with a “Janice-esque” leaning. I would like to think I am like Robin/Janice in that I go about my day with confidence and don’t really care what other people think of me. Her fashion sense is about my polar opposite.

What do you love and/or hate about this character?
What is not to love, She is just unapologetically herself.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
I would like Robin/Janice to be likeable and not so obnoxious the audience cringes when she enters. It’s a fine line.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
Ay, forsooth

When did you first perform?
The first time I remember performing was in the Stars of Tomorrow competition when I was about 10. My sister’s and I performed Abba’s “If You Change Your Mind” and I can still remember some of the choreography. Seared in my brain might be a good description.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I hang out with my family, walk my dog, read. I love to travel but don’t do it enough.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Breathe out

Actor’s Bio: Lisa Noce, “Robin”
Lisa Noce has been performing locally for the past 10 years. Some of her recent favorite roles have included: “Grandma” in Addams Family, “Mrs. Mushnik” in Little Shop of Horrors and “Aunt Eller” in Oklahoma. Performing Shakespeare has long been on her bucket list so she is extremely appreciative of Aurora for providing this opportunity. In her daily life she works as an engineer so performing (hopefully) helps keep both sides of her brain happy.

“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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