Mike Stack

i. The name of my upcoming show is:  The Winter’s Tale, A Teen Shakespeare Play, Carousel Theatre for Young People

ii. In describing the show in 3 sentences or less, I’d say:  A Shakespearean Fairy Tale of tragic and comic proportions.  A story that moves from darkness to lightness, full of music and the wonder of Shakespeare’s language, performed in a beautiful outdoor setting on Granville Island by a group of 16 teenagers.

iii. When you come to the show, you’ll see:  A cast of young actors throwing themselves with abandon at a Shakespeare play, complete with music, puppetry, and a bear!

iv. My inspiration for this show comes from:  A love and admiration of both Shakespeare and working with young people in the theatre.

v. One challenge in developing this show was:  Abridging Shakespeare’s vast work down to a 75-minute performance time.

vi. My past work  includes:  Many years working with youth at Carousel Theatre for Young People, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Mortal Coil Performance Society, Templeton Secondary School, and throughout the Lower Mainland homelearning community

Mike Stack and the Company of Teen Shakespeare 2018

vii. Opening nights feel like: An exciting moment when you truly hand over the work to the young actors, and watch them begin to grow and play with all they’ve discovered.

viii. After this show, I’m looking forward to:  My next Shakespearean adventures with teens and children!

Winter’s Tale @ Carousel

L-R: Isabel Rose and Piper Trounce with Puppeteers Weston Haffey, Saige Mackenzie and Fiona Rocchi. Costumes by Hannah Case. Puppet by Monica Emme. Photo by Natalie Lichtenwal

Header: Mira Kemppainen



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