The Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company will present two of Shakespeare’s classics: Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew in a series of performances from March 4– 7, in the auditorium at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont. This is the 36th consecutive season of the Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company (SCRC), the oldest continuous high school Shakespeare troupe in the United States.
The cast and crew of over 80 Mamaroneck High School students are under the direction of Dee O’Brien, who has led the company since its inception. Ms. O’Brien taught English at the Hommocks for 36 years. She received the Sunny Award for outstanding community service and the Westchester Arts Council Award for her contributions to theater arts.
|Taming of the Shrew:
Fri March 5 @ 8:00 pm
Sat March 6 @ 2:00 pm
Sun March 7 @ 7:00 pm
Purchase in advance via district website or at the door starting one hour before each performance, depending on availability.
At: All performances, Hommocks Auditorium
The well-known drama of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, explores themes of political intrigue, ambition, guilt and loyalty among English royalty. The SCRC production is set in modern times with accompanying music from contemporary artists.
Shakespeare’s comedic romp The Taming of the Shrew involves the experiences of two sisters as they are wooed by various suitors. The SCRC production is set in the 1950s and includes the often-omitted “Christopher Sly” scenes, which create a play within a play. The Taming of The Shrew has been adapted in current form to the movie Ten Things I Hate About You and the classic play Kiss Me Kate.
“The cast and crew have been hard at work since the fall to create these two exciting and ambitious performances,” said producer Jenny Geer. “The students are aware that these are much anticipated events for the community and look forward to bringing Shakespeare to a broad audience.”
This year two promotional videos were produced for the company by Michael Lewen, a 2008 graduate of the company and MHS, and an award-winning film director currently enrolled in the film program at the University of Southern California. The two videos are dramatically different in style, reflecting the contrasts between the two shows. The videos may be seen on YouTube under the titles Taming and Macbeth.
The Mamaroneck High School seniors in the productions are: Eliot Cohen, Megan Correia, Maria Dambriunas, Shanni Davidowitz, Wednesday Derrico, Jack Devine, Ben Feuerstein, John Goodman, Zoe Gould, Maria Gray, Sam Margolis, Jodi Miller, Alex Neier, Rebecca Paganini, Jamie Rabinowitz, Laura Ramirez, William Seife, Louis Sobel, Tony Vozza, Derek Ward, Emily Weitzman and Adam Wrobel.
The company will present six shows to the public with each production presenting two different casts. For more information, contact Jenny Geer at 833-3263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company: The Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company is a production of SRSC Productions, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation established in 2007 by a group of parents on the occasion of Dee O’Brien’s retirement from teaching in the Mamaroneck school district. SRSC Production, Inc. was founded to ensure that Mamaroneck students would continue to benefit from participation in The Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company. This is the company’s third season under SRSC management.