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Press Release from the Shakespeare Production

Shakespeare poster(February 2003 )

- Seventy teenagers.

-Two great Shakespeare plays.

-Six LIVE performances.

Anything can happen...and often does! Who needs TV reality shows? "The Semi Royal Shakespeare Company" is back in Westchester next month performing two of Shakepeare's best loved comedies, Much Ado About
Nothing and A Midsummer's Night Dream .

Founded in 1974 by the award winning director Dee O'Brien, "The Semi Royal Shakespeare Company" is one of the oldest continuous high school Shakespeare troupes in the country. With a cast and crew consisting of Mamaroneck High School students, the Company is well known for its innovative Shakespeare productions with elaborate sets spanning centuries and music that ranges from Bach to the Beatles.

This year's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream is being performed in contemporary dress, and Much Ado About Nothing has been updated to the 1940s "Big Band Era."

"The flexibility of the troupe both as performers and as people enables me to jump time periods," notes Ms. O'Brien, " Many of the 18 graduating seniors in the troupe have been performing with me since they were in 8th grade. They have mentored and inspired many young people both in their passion for Shakespeare, and in their commitment to the company."

Ms. O'Brien is a winner of the Education/Community Award from the Westchester Arts Council for bringing Shakespeare to life at Hommocks Middle School, where she has taught English since 1971.

Prices are $ 10 for evening performances and $ 8 for matinees. All public performances are at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the box office prior to the performance. This year's schedule is:

  • Thursday, March 6: 7:30 pm- A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Friday, March 7: 8:00 pm- Much Ado About Nothing
  • Saturday, March 8th 2 pm and 8pm - A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Sunday, March 9: 1 pm and 7 pm- Much Ado About Nothing


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