2012-03-22 / Arts & Entertainment News

Local actors live the ‘Dream’ with Shakespeare in Paradise

BY SANDY REED
Florida Weekly Correspondent


Rachael Endrizzi as Puck and Randall Kenneth Jones as Bottom Rachael Endrizzi as Puck and Randall Kenneth Jones as Bottom Voted Best New Theater Company in Florida Weekly’s 2011 “Best” special edition, Shakespeare in Paradise presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on select dates March 22-31 at Barron Collier High School.

“With this show it is our intention, as I believe it was in the original, to make the audience laugh,” says John

McKerrow, director and founder of the company, which launches its second season with “Midsummer,” a show about the ups and downs of love and attraction that can more easily be explained by the interference of fairies than by reason.

Reciting from Act 3, Mr. McKerrow, who studied Shakespeare in college and in New York, adds, “Reason and love keep little company together nowadays.”

Retired drama and English teacher Pam Grabczynski is assistant director and took the lead in helping SIP find a permanent home at Barron Collier High using a great varietyv of draping i fabrics,” Mr. VVanagas says aabout his designs fofor the production. ti In addition, hhe portrays two chcharacters in the plplay: Oberon and


School. She taught there for 21 years and coordinated with the school’s current English teacher and drama coach, Chris Johnston, not only to have a quality stage to use but to have access to all area high school students who love theater. One of SIP’s main goals is to incorporate students from middle idas school through college-age as interns both on stage and behindnd the scenes. The BCHS partnership erhe helps fulfill this goal. The school’s drama department willill receive a percentage of thehe proceeds from “A Midsummerer Night’s Dream.” Though it is customary forr interns to pay for their internship - rl with professional theater companies, SIP pursues local sponsorship for its interns. Naples High School senior Tori Hendry, 17, is one of 11 interns with the company. “I am honored to be able to learn from and work with actors belonging to a true Shakespeare company,” says Ms. Hendry, who placed second in a recent Shakespeare monologue competition for which Mr. McKerrow was a judge. Her high-spirited personality and enthusiasm make her a natural for the role of Hermia in “Midsummer.” “I like Hermia because she’s fierce and feisty,” she says. Ms. Hendry will attend Florida State University in the fall. Actor and costume designer Mark Vanagas brings his talent and original costume designs to the show. “We’re School. She taught there for 21 years and coordinated with the school’s current English teacher and drama coach, Chris Johnston, not only to have a quality stage to use but to have access to all area high school students who love theater. One of SIP’s main goals is to incorporate students from middle idas school through college-age as interns both on stage and behindnd the scenes. The BCHS partnership erhe helps fulfill this goal. The school’s drama department willill receive a percentage of thehe proceeds from “A Midsummerer Night’s Dream.” Though it is customary forr interns to pay for their internship - rl with professional theater companies, SIP pursues local sponsorship for its interns. Naples High School senior Tori Hendry, 17, is one of 11 interns with the company. “I am honored to be able to learn from and work with actors belonging to a true Shakespeare company,” says Ms. Hendry, who placed second in a recent Shakespeare monologue competition for which Mr. McKerrow was a judge. Her high-spirited personality and enthusiasm make her a natural for the role of Hermia in “Midsummer.” “I like Hermia because she’s fierce and feisty,” she says. Ms. Hendry will attend Florida State University in the fall. Actor and costume designer Mark Vanagas brings his talent and original costume designs to the show. “We’re ThTheseus.


Mary Anne McKerrow as Tit Titania i Mary Anne McKerrow as Tit Titania i A special $50 papatron ticket package ag is available for opopening night at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The ticket includes preferred seating and an opportunity to meet the cast and director after the show.


Tori Hendry as Hermia, Mike Santos as Lysander, David Michael Manni as Demetrius and Leana Simpson as Helena 
COURTESY PHOTOS Tori Hendry as Hermia, Mike Santos as Lysander, David Michael Manni as Demetrius and Leana Simpson as Helena COURTESY PHOTOS What’s next for SIP? Company members will present an encore performance of “Macbeth, A Love Story” as part of The Marco Players’ Lunch Box series on April 14.

As a nonprofit charitable organization, Shakespeare in Paradise welcomes donations and corporate sponsorships. For more information, call Mr. McKerrow at 682-3637 or e-mail johnmckerrow@gmail.com. You can also find Shakespeare in Paradise at www.facebook.com/sipnaples. ¦

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Shakespeare in Paradise

>>When: 8 p.m. March 22-24 and 29-31
>>Where: Barron Collier High School
>>Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for students; $50 for
opening-night patron tickets
>>Info: (866) 967-8167 or



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