Bring a donation for the Wildlife Center for Virginia to any one of our shows this spring!
Visit this link: http://openairshakespearenrv.com/things-bears-need/
To see what the baby bears need this spring, and we promise we won’t put Antigonus in the box!
We rely on the kindness of strangers, and rehearse where we can. But recently we have seen a really big hole in one of the rehearsal spaces we are lent. So we figured an ingenious (well, so we think so ourselves) plan to help solve this mystery.
Now, we don’t know how this hole got there, we don’t want to call anyone out – but we do want people to get creative!
If you have the best FICTITIOUS story of how this hole came to be, post it in the comments, and we’ll pick a winner and give you a free “Winter’s Tale” shirt for your hole in the wall explanation:
So get cracking! We want to see you be as crafty and clever as Autolycus in coming up with how this hole came into being.
In act one, Mamillus plays with some toys in the throne room. Even his father reminds him to not listen to what the grown ups are talking about and he should “Go play, go play.” So why shouldn’t Mamillus be playing with a teddy bear and an action figure? Is it just a coincidence that later Antigonus happens to be eaten by a bear?
Here are some pictures of introducing our actors to their props for that scene:
Here is the bear and Antigonus dolls.
Here is Holland Crooke (Mamillus/Perdita) helping remove the Valentine’s Day sweater from the bear so it is less anachronistic!
And here is Pete Shelton (Antigonus/Time/Florizel) looking at his Antigonus in doll form and being unimpressed with the likeness.
You ever wonder who would win in a Shakespearean Battle of epic proportions? We did!
We are very lucky at OAS that many people come back time and time again to play in our shows. We love that we have such talented and loyal actors!
So at the start of “Winter’s Tale” rehearsals, we posed a question to our cast of who would be the biggest brawlers from our last six shows, and then, who would win. This picture is what we came up with!
So… Gertrude is the mother brawler of them all, and while we think she may have been ambitious on her own, but she was definitely aided by Claudius as referee.
Here is our chalkboard rendering as the cast talked about who would fight and who would win:
Director C. Glen Williams works with Aisha Mitchell (Hermione) and Rocky Nunzio (The Bear) through the movement of Antigonus’ dream sequence.
Julia is the winner of our Winter’s Tale Poster Contest and her winning design not only garnered her $50, but also as the exclusive image as promotion for our posters and program designs.
Autolycus (Rocky Nunzio) convinces the clown (Kayla Smith) and the shepherd (Robert Smith) to go to Sicilia and plead their case before the king – he’s got an in.