For its 10th season, Young Shakespeare, Austin Shakespeare’s teen company, will bring their unique flavor to Hamlet at Richard Garriott de Cayeux’s outdoor Curtain Theater (7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive). Featuring teen actors and a female Hamlet performing Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, the production will run Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm, June 14 – 24, 2018.
“We are setting Hamlet in the mid-20th century, with the regalness of The Crown and the coolness of Mad Men, ignited by the passion that Shakespeare demands. Our young actors have the same rigorous rehearsal schedule as our adult company, but they are energetic and rise to the challenge of Shakespeare’s language in stunning ways,” says Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella. To transport the audience to the era, the show will also include a teen band playing songs from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Participating students, ranging in age from 12-19 years, come from throughout the Central Texas area, including Round Rock, Pflugerville, Austin, Westlake and Waco, among other places. The young company is trained by professional coaches and designers, with direction by Ciccolella and Teacher/Actor/Director Nancy Eyermann.
“Adult and teen audiences have been enthusiastic about our Young Shakespeare shows at the Curtain in the past, but younger audiences are even more inspired and excited,” explains Co-Director Eyermann.