Upper School Scots take to the stage again and this time a modern twist on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. All are welcome to join Scot's thespians in Roberts Theater as they make the farcical story of Falstaff come to life.
The Merry Wives of Windsor in Roberts Theater
Friday, November 9
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 10
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 11
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Thoughts of Shakespeare often bring to mind scenes from villages long ago. But Saint Andrew’s players have put an exciting twist to The Merry Wives of Windsor that they know audiences will rave about. The play is set in a modern ‘Bocaesque’ town where characters text and call and uber rather than send letters and ride in a carriage.
“In Shakespeare's classic version, a saloon is a central focal point for characters to gather, but in our version of the story, characters meet in a hipster coffee shop,” said Nicole Perry, Director of US Drama and Musical.
In another dramatic and daring modern move, Scots players ask that audience members DO NOT silence their cell phones during the show. Instead, they call upon the community to bring cell phones to the theater and use them during the performance!
Instead of getting old-fashioned letters from the folly-filled Falstaff, played by Brendan Assaf ‘19, characters Mistress Ford and Page will get text messages. “When you see Mistresses Ford or Page get a text on their phones on stage, you can get it too,” she said.
Also available to audiences on personal devices is what’s called a ‘dramaturgy,’ which offers insightful pathways into the world of the play. Audience members can peruse information before the show for insights into the theme, plot, characters, and language of the play, as well as some of the edits made for the SA adaptation. “Stay tuned for some bonus features too,” said Ms. Perry.
Director, Nicole Perry offers a bit of advice on how to tackle the Shakespearian tongue. “Though you might not understand every word of the Shakespearian language, focus on the story. The modern context and landscape will help audience members of any age understand the plot.”
And you may soon find with the help of the Saint Andrew’s Performing Arts players, that you are a new fan of Shakespeare. Get your LOLs ready for the Upper School Shakespeare’s comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor.