Meet the Cast: James Koonce

James Koonce (Lucentio) is happy to return to NRP after first appearing last summer in Moonlight and Magnolias. Other recent shows include Don’t Drink the Water, Dracula, Wait Until Dark, The Psychic, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Unexpected Guest and Over the River and Through the Woods. When not onstage, James works in advertising in Boston.

Meet the Cast: Jenny Shubi

Jenny Shubi (Katharine) spent the previous summer studying as an apprentice with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, performing as Arviragus in a production of Cymbeline. Past roles include Nora in Body and Sold, Mary Riley in Top Eye Open, Elizabeth Proctor in the Crucible, and Anna in Night Sky. Jenny is thrilled to be playing one of he favorite Shakespeare characters and working along side such a fabulous cast.

Meet the Cast: Joseph O’Connor

Joseph O’Connor (Petruchio)’s most recent appearance was with The Theater at Hollywood & Vine in Plymouth, also acted in Don’t Talk to the Actors with Plymouth Community Theatre, Death of a Salesman at Vokes Players, Durang/Durang with Bad Habit Productions, Simpatico at Devanaughn Theatre and Much Ado About Nothing with the Gazebo Players. Award winner for Best Stage Manager at the EMACT Theater Festival. Has produced a short film, “All I Want.

Meet the Cast: Mike Pevzner

Michael Pevzner (Baptista) –  Mike’s been directing and acting with South Shore theatre groups since the early 1970’s.   He was a teacher, director and theater manager at Massasoit Community College until his retirement in ’04.  For Merrie Mizaras and Nemasket River Productions, he’s directed eight (or is it nine?) shows, including “Lost in Yonkers,” “Proof,” “Same Time, Next Year” and others and acted in “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” and “Beyond Therapy.”  He’s delighted to be working with director Andrew Child, a creative young man who’s bound to make a big noise in the theatre world.  Thou hast a great future, Andrew.

Introducing: Taming Of The Shrew!

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After his very first role in “The Wizard of Oz,” Andrew Child and a small troupe of actors presented an abridged version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;” for Child, Director of Nemasket River Productions’ summer show, “Taming of the Shrew,” that performance was the beginning of his passion for theater and especially for the works of the venerable bard.

This unique experience of Shakespeare on the Peter Oliver grounds by NRP will open August 11th at 7 PM, $15 General Admission, continuing August 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20th and will offer the audience Shakespeare’s most ebullient comedy with its rowdy, raucous and raunchy tale of man versus woman. Director Child welcomes the chance to create a performance outside “allowing the beauty of the natural world to inform the production without an artificial set.”

Andrew Child grew up in East Bridgewater, attended Cardinal Spellman High School and then furthered his education at Brandeis University.  He is currently Assistant to the Producer at Bridgewater State University’s Family Performing Arts Center and is producing theater pieces with his own theatrical initiative, entitled Artists from Suburbia. He also teaches drama to children in Bridgewater.

“The challenge of performing Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’ outside” Director Child explains “is capturing the wonderful physicality and joy that the script supplies and allowing the artist’s conversations to flow freely in an uncensored and uninhibited revelry.”

Admiring the work of both Mary Zimmerman of Chicago’s famed Goodman Theater and Boston’s own award-winning director David R. Gammons, Child hopes to emulate their visually challenging approach to staging this comedic gem. He is also excited about incorporating his love of dance into this production. Being his first experience working with Nemasket River Productions, he,in his own words “has been pleased by the caliber of artists who are willing to jump into a new challenge and embrace a new theatrical piece in a completely new space. It is a delight to work with such a group of trusting people.”

The Artistic Director of NRP, Merrie Mizaras, has enjoyed working with the Town officials and especially the Middleboro Tourism Committee that has made it possible for NRP to take on the challenge of a “Shakespeare in the Park” performance and for offering NRP such a wonderful opportunity to present this joyous presentation for local theater-goers.  As the performance will be in the formal gardens of the Peter Oliver House, the audience is invited to bring their own chairs and blankets to the performances.

Taming of the Shrew (abridged) by William Shakespeare : opening on Friday, August 11th  on the grounds of the Peter Oliver House, 443 Plymouth Street, Middleboro and continuing August 12,13,18,19,20; all performances at 7pm . Tickets are $15 General Admission.

For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite, through our website.

Meet the Crew: Kasey Bishoff

Kasey Bishoff (Stage Manager) has been a singer/actor for over 25 years. She is thrilled to be stage managing for NRP with such an incredible cast. Recently, Kasey has been seen in The Christmas House with Plymouth Community Theatre, Why do fools fall in love and You’re a good Man Charlie Brown with Priscilla Beach Theatre. When not doing theatre Kasey is running her Bakery in Carver and moonlighting with her band, Whiskey Princess, on the weekends. She would like to thank her husband Eric for working 6 days a week so that she can have the opportunity to be involved in so many wonderful productions. You & I, always and forever.

Meet the Cast: Victoria Kirichok

Victoria Kirichok (Audrey) Victoria is a director, actor, and writer from Brockton. Leading Ladies is Victoria’s debut with NRP, as well as her first appearance in a full-length production since appearing as Cecily Pigeon in Milton Player’s production of The Odd Couple in 2012. Her other favorite roles include Mary in Run for Your Wife, The Mistress in Evita, Pamela in Whose Wife is it Anyway. Directing credits include: Inherit the Wind, Moon Over Buffalo, Damn Yankees, and The Secret Garden. She is deeply grateful for the loving and supportive men in her life–many thanks to Dan, Owen and James.

Meet the Cast: Stephen Doherty

Stephen Doherty (Rev. Duncan) is returning to NRP after making his debut as Ben Hecht in Moonlight & Magnolias last year. He has also performed with the Bay Players (most recently in Laughter on the 23rd Floor), North River Theater in Norwell (most recently in Don’t Dress for Dinner), Plymouth Community Theater (in Wait Until Dark), and many shows with Hollywood & Vine at the New World Tavern in Plymouth. He is happy to only have one real costume in this show.

Meet the Cast: Sheila McCormick

Sheila McCormick (Florence) started doing theater in high school. Previously, she worked with the Cranberry Players and the Craft Experimental Theater. A graduate of Mass College of Art, she’s also done freelance journalism for New England Horse Talk. Highlights include interviewing Hillary Dobbs, daughter of Lou Dobbs, prior to the start of her Grand Prix career; Francesca Kelly at her Chappaquiddick home where she kept rare Marwari horses; and photographer Tim Flach on his 2008 photo essay on the horse, Equus. Sheila’s other published works include a contemporary romantic suspense novel, Cousin Andrew, and poetry in Cambridge-based literary magazine Ploughshares.

Leading Ladies Review

Review: NRP’s Leading Ladies now at The Alley Theatre by Ray ZuWallach

It would be easy to think that “Leading Ladies,” billed as a cross between “Some Like It Hot” and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” is just another men-in-drag farce. However, Ken Ludwig’s clever handling of his story and characters allows the play to rise above the cliché of guys dressing up as women. We also get a generous helping of the playwright’s pet theme of depicting show-biz folks as vain, erratic, and fallible; theme’s also in “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo.”

Set in Pennsylvania in the early 1950s, the action starts with Leo Clark (Garrett Olson) and Jack Gable (Eric Henderson), a couple of down-at-heel Shakespearean actors, languishing on the Moose Lodge circuit, where their hammy overacting turns off an already hostile audience. When they learn that an elderly woman in the town of York has died, the perpetually broke duo decides to impersonate Max and Steve, the missing British nephews to whom she has bequeathed a fortune. Learning that the nephews are really nieces, Maxine and Stephanie, doesn’t deter them. They break out their finest female garb along with lipstick, rouge, and face powder.

Other surprises await the duo: The old lady, Florence (Sheila McCormick), is actually still alive. Her lively niece Meg (Lorna Norgueira) adores Shakespeare and pines for the life of an actor, causing Leo to fall for her. Jack likewise meets his dream girl, Meg’s best friend, Audrey (Victoria Kirichok). Meg is engaged, Audrey has a beau, and both think the two guys are women, adding to the plot’s complications.

Director Jess Wilson mounts a wholly engaging production that sparkles from first moment to last. Her high-octane octet of actors display great timing in both line delivery and in effecting the play’s  physical aspects. Olson and Henderson are a study in contrasts. Olson’s Leo is a polished ladies man, all high-toned speech and mannerisms, while his Maxine is a flutey-voiced ,boisterous odd duck.  Henderson’s Jack is a practical Brit who hates the idea of masquerading as a woman; his Stephanie is like a gentle breeze wafting about the stage.

The objects of their affections are likewise dissimilar.  As Meg, Nogueira is  bright and intelligent and engaging while Kirichok’s Audrey is endearingly ditsy. The remaining characters are essentially straight men for the starring quartet’s antics. Steve Doherty’s Duncan Wooley, the snippety, hidebound local minister engaged to Meg, who is immediately suspicious of Leo and Jack, is a classic foil.  Alberto Rizzotti parlays the character of the blunt, lusty, inept Doc Myers into some fun wacky bits.  As Doc’s son Butch, Jeffrey Ruel is funniest in depicting the young man’s abominably bad acting in the “Twelfth Night” performance (a play within a play.)  McCormick’s Florence lends stability and imperiousness to the proceedings.

The visual elements—Max Verg’s set, Elena Murphy’s costumes, Bill Purcell’s hair and wig designs, the Watermans’ lighting—are all of a piece. The scene changes are cleverly accompanied by enjoyable American pop tunes of the early ’50s. This is first-rate staging that makes the most of Ludwig’s genius for farce.

Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig continues at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro April 21,22,28,29 at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on April 23rd . Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.

Performances can be combined with “Dinner and a Show,” a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000.  Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite (through our website) and at the door.