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Kaitlyn Smith plays “Mistress Quickly” in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS’ The Merry Wives of Windsor opening this Friday, July 19 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.


What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think people will be surprised by all of the Easter eggs we’ve included for fans of the show Friends, or even fans of the 90’s era in general. It’s definitely not a traditional take on Shakespeare, but that’s one of the best parts about it!

What do you love and/or hate about this character?
I love Mistress Quickly’s ability to take things as they are. She doesn’t worry about what may or may not happen and she doesn’t really care what other people think of her like I do; she trusts that things will work out and goes about her business the best way she sees fit. I admire her ability to be adaptable and to let things go. I am working on bringing those traits into my real life at the moment!

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Divide me like a bribed buck, each a haunch. My horns I bequeath your husbands.”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Mistress Ford or Page would definitely be fun, but also Falstaff if the company is feeling adventurous!

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Mostly spending time with my family and friends!

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Noises Off! I believe I’ve said this every year, someone please do this show and cast me!

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Take a breath to help support my energy for the upcoming scene.

Actor’s Bio: Kaitlyn Smith, “Mistress Quickly”
Kaitlyn Smith is excited to return to her fourth season of OTE’s SHAKEPEARE IN THE HILLS. She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with Honors in Acting. Previous favorite appearances include On the Edge Theater Production’s Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio) and Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), University of California’s the Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell) and Threepenny Opera (Honey the Beggar), Shakespeare by the Sea’s Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula/Hugh Oatcake), and Orange County High School of the Art’s Dearly Departed (Delightful). She is literally a clown in her spare time. Thanks again to the amazing Aurora Culver for this opportunity, and thanks to her family and friends for their constant love and support.

“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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