‘Per­i­cles, Prince of Tyre’ comes to life this sum­mer

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Your Weekend -

WEST HART­FORD — When you think of leg­endary trav­el­ers, names like Odysseus, Bilbo Bag­gins and even In­di­ana Jones come to mind. But “Per­i­cles, Prince of Tyre" is Shake­speare’s ad­ven­ture tale. Through­out his epic jour­ney, Per­i­cles matches wits with a mur­der­ous king, is pur­sued by an as­sas­sin, bat­tles a ship­wreck­ing storm, and fights knights for the hand of a beau­ti­ful princess.

The pro­duc­tion will be di­rected by David McCamish, the di­rec­tor of the Fes­ti­val’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” pro­duc­tion in 2014, as well as an ac­tor, di­rec­tor and the­ater fac­ulty mem­ber at the Loomis Chaf­fee School in Wind­sor and the Hartt School of Drama in West Hart­ford. The artis­tic team for “Per­i­cles, Prince of Tyre” also in­cludes long­time col­lab­o­ra­tors David Re­gan (set and pup­petry de­sign), Vi­vianna Lamb (cos­tumes), Robyn Joyce (light­ing de­sign) and Chris­tine Si­moes (chore­og­ra­phy).

To heighten the “sto­ry­telling” as­pect of this ad­ven­ture tale, the en­tire cast of “Per­i­cles, Prince of Tyre” will share many ensem­ble roles, even switch­ing be­tween char­ac­ters on stage. The cast fea­tures An­drey Vdovenko as Per­i­cles and Do­minique Rose as his wife (Thaisa). Many re­turn­ing Cap­i­tal Clas­sics fa­vorites will be part of the Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing Aure­lia Clu­nie (Dionyza and God­dess Diana), Michael Nowicki (King An­ti­ochus and King Si­monides), Ge­of­frey Shee­han (Gower), Kiera Shee­han (ensem­ble), Laura Shee­han (Hel­i­canus and Bawd), De­bra Walsh (Ce­r­i­mon, Pan­der and Ly­chorida) and Corey Welden (ensem­ble). The cast also in­cludes Austin Doughty (Lysi­machus), Katie El­man (Ma­rina), Jerry Hamil­ton (ensem­ble), Josh Karam (Thaliard and Cleon), Alex Kydd (Bolt and Leo­nine), and Ha­ley Tyson (An­ti­ochus’ daugh­ter; Phile­mon).

As Con­necti­cut's old­est con­tin­u­ously run­ning out­door Shake­speare fes­ti­val, Cap­i­tal Clas­sics has a rep­u­ta­tion for mak­ing Shake­speare ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able. Over three week­ends, the Greater Hart­ford Shake­speare Fes­ti­val at­tracts more than 2,100 fans, who at­tend each sum­mer with fam­ily, friends, lawn chairs and pic­nic bas­kets on the grounds of the Univer­sity of Saint Joseph to en­joy out­door Shake­speare un­der the stars.

The Greater Hart­ford Shake­speare Fes­ti­val is held on out­doors (in­doors in case of rain) at the Univer­sity of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asy­lum Av­enue in West Hart­ford, CT. Tick­ets are $18 for adults and $12 for stu­dents and se­niors, and are avail­able on­line at Tick­ets.USJ.edu, at the door or by call­ing the box of­fice at 860-231-5555.

Learn more about Cap­i­tal Clas­sics and the Greater Hart­ford Shake­speare Fes­ti­val at Hart­fordShake­speare.org.

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Cap­i­tal Clas­sics The­atre Com­pany is stag­ing “Per­i­cles, Prince of Tyre” July 12 to 29 for the Greater Hart­ford Shake­speare Fes­ti­val on the out­door grounds of the Univer­sity of St. Joseph in West Hart­ford.

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