This summer, we’re excited to work with Ashley Arroliga who plays a Burlesque Dancer, The Courtesan, Merchant, and an Officer in this year’s production,The Comedy of Errors opening August 3 at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
Anyone who loves farce, antics, and unidentical twins!
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Working in an outdoor, constantly changing space!
Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
I began acting in Shakespeare plays when I was 9 years old. When I was 13, I read his entire works in one summer. I am a long time lover of theater and The Bard!
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
Our Vaudevillian spin brings this from play to playful!
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I can’t tell you. It’s a surprise. Puppets.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
How is this character like you? Different?
She’s an entrepreneur, and looks good doing it. I don’t rely as much on my feminine wiles to put food on the table.
What do you love about this character?
She’s playful, feisty, and doesn’t take “no” for an answer.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Taking on other roles in the same scene.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Your sister’s sister.” “That’s my sister.”
If you could play any other Shakespeare character, who would it be?
Hermia is one of my most favorites to play!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
An heiress. Haha! What I am! A Yoga Therapist.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
When did you first perform?
When I was 6 in a production of A Christmas Carol.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Pirates of Penzance
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Napping on the grass or in a pool.
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I teach yoga!
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Take a deep breath and smile.
ACTOR’S BIO: Ashley Elizabeth Arroliga – “Burlesque Dancer,” “Courtesan,” “Merchant,” “Officer”
Ashley Elizabeth Arroliga is a Yoga Teacher in Irvine, CA. She has a deep love for all things Shakespeare and read his entire works (plays, poems, and sonnets) at the age of 13. Ashley has previously appeared as various roles in Shakespearean plays around Orange County such as “Lady Macbeth” in The Scottish Play, “Viola” in Twelfth Night, “Desdemona” in Othello, “Hermia” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and “Beatrice” in Much Ado About Nothing. Ashley is also passionate about Improv, and performed with Comedy Sportz Los Angeles for 5 years. When offstage, Ashley sings at Prodigal Church in Irvine, CA, loves going to Disneyland, and cuddling her dog and two cats.
This summer, join SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS for Shakespeare’s zany comedy of adventure, mayhem, and mistaken identity! The Comedy of Errors tells the tale of two sets of twins split apart by a tragic shipwreck at a young age. Years later, unbeknownst to them, they have all ended up in the same town, unaware that they are being mistaken for each other.
With vaudeville performance, slapstick humor, immersive staging, and Shakespeare’s comedic writing, this production for all ages is not to be missed!
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. You may also purchase your ticket early online (class registration). No refunds or transfers for this event. Call (949) 707-2680 for more information.
Performances @ 7 pm, August 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th. 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. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at this family event. Call 949-707-2680 for more information.
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