By Mary Lou Linvill
Special to the Express
Winters Shakespeare Workshop presents their first ever virtual show, A Comedy with Errors, on Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. at WFoL.org. The community is invited to view the live streaming event.
A Comedy With Errors, was assembled and directed by Andrew Fridae, using scenes from a number of Shakespeare’s works. Fridae calls the piece a “Shakespeare Mix.” Actors perform short scenes linked with music, titles, and with short crowd sourced videos to complete the show. Musicians Keith Cary and Eric Jepson worked on the musical breaks and choreographer Natalie Scarisbrick created a dance actors learned by video.
It was a new world for teen actors who were used to performing as an ensemble on a stage. This year, actors met for rehearsals five days each week via Zoom, learning how to make connection with fellow actors miles away. Meanwhile, a number of families accepted the challenge of creating short home videos to be included in this year’s show.
Every year, with the support of Winters Friends of the Library, Winters Shakespeare Workshop offers a 5-week intensive performing camp for teens culminating free outdoor public performances of a play by Shakespeare with live music and dance on the Winters Park Playground Stage.
This year, due to the coronavirus, and restrictions on public gatherings, they went online. WSW actors are excited to be able to perform A Comedy with Errors live on the WFoL website starting at 8 p.m. on July 18. And again, virtually on Saturday, July 25 when a video version of the show will be available on the WFoL YouTube channel.
Winters Shakespeare Workshop is a summer youth program of Winters Friends of the Library. For more information, and to learn about next summer’s show visit https://wfol.org/.