Monday, March 12, 2012

A VICTORIAN “TAKE” ON SHAKESPEAREAN COMEDY IN HOLMDEL

TAMING OF THE SHREW
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Frascatore
By Rebecca Zaccagnino

WHEN: Friday, March 23, through April 7; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays, March 25 and April 1 at 2 PM; Thursday, April 5 at 7 PM
WHERE: Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Rd., Holmdel, in front of the Holmdel High School.
TICKETS: $22 general public ($17 for seniors and $12 for students). Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 212.868.4444 or on the website at www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.

Set in England at the turn of the last century, when the friction between Victorian restraint and emerging Edwardian freedoms underscores Shakespeare's "battle of the sexes," Shrew is the tale of sharp-tongued Katherine who, her father has decreed, must be married before her younger sister Bianca, who has scheming suitors aplenty.

Fresh from directing the must-see production of Sweeney Todd at the Count Basie last Fall, Tom Frascatore brings to the HTC a dynamic, fast-paced reimagining of Shakespeare's most biting romance, sure to shed fresh light on courtship, relationships, gender roles and, of course, the crackling battle of wits between Kate and Petruchio.

The Holmdel Theatre Company was founded with the unique mission of offering dedicated high school theater students a chance to work alongside adult actors and directors. In accordance with this mission, Taming of the Shrew features three current Holmdel students: Gina Delio, Claire Gates and John Wood as well as two Holmdel graduates: Sami DeSocio and Matthew Sockol. The production also features Michael Chartier, Cody Dalton, Tom Cox, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Alison Gleason, Justin Grossman, Kevin Karol, Myles Linzey, David Murray, Candy Predham, Dan Rosen, Mary Russell, Rick Selterman, Lauren Valasa and Heather Wright.

HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY
The Holmdel Theatre Company is an independent, privately funded theatre company dedicated to presenting classical plays as well as rarely presented dramas and comedies. The Company seeks to integrate professional actors, technicians, designers and directors with non-professionals and young people in a synergistic artistic and educational exchange. This initiative is used in an effort to raise the level of performance and to help all performers grow artistically from the exposure to professionals in the field.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE HTC
There are many opportunities for students to become a part of the Holmdel Theater Company. We offer several workshops and classes helping students explore their specific interests. The HTC casts roles for most of the main stage productions from students at the middle school and high school level. They will also be looking for assistant stage managers, running crew, lighting board operators and many other technical positions for students interested in apprenticeships. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities available at the Holmdel Theatre Company, please visit the website at
www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.