MaineStage Shakespeare returns to Kennebunk
This July, residents of Maine’s south coast can look forward to another season of free outdoor Shakespeare.
Fresh off their inaugural season, the actors of MaineStage Shakespeare will return to Lafayette Park in Kennebunk with a trio of Shakespearean favorites: “As You Like It,” “Love’s Labours Lost” and the famed tragedy “Othello.”
Last summer, the new theater company enjoyed an enthusiastic welcome, attracting a crew of loyal fans. Now, the actors and directors of MaineStage Shakespeare, most of them in their 20s, hope to expand on that success while continuing to perform quality theater free of charge. In the words of the Artistic Director, Chiara Klein, “Theater is a right, not a privilege,” and this spirit of community service forms the foundation of MaineStage’s mission.
In addition to four weekly performances, MaineStage Shakespeare will once again offer ShakesSTARS, a theater education program that inspires and challenges local youth. Campers have the opportunity to write a short play to be performed as a “curtain raiser,” or to take on supporting roles in the company’s matinee performance of “Love’s Labours Lost.” Classes include acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, storytelling, stage combat and more.
Fans can look forward to the return of actors Chiara Klein, Meg Smith, Rachael Yoder, Jay Ben Markson, David Mavricos and Aidan Eastwood-Paticchio from last year’s company, who will be joined by new company members Kelly Pekar, Fernando Lamberty, Alex Shaw, Joseph Bromfield, and Jordan Laroya.
The 2012 summer season runs from July 6 to Aug. 11. Performances will be held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. (starting July 21). MaineStage will perform their three shows in alternating repertory outdoors in Lafayette Park. In case of rain, an alert will be posted on the MaineStage website and performances will be held indoors in the Kennebunk Town Hall Auditorium at 1 Summer St.