July 1, 2016

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Stage Left Theatre Company makes Shakespearean return

Shakespeare is coming back to Medina Public Square. After a two-year hiatus, Stage Left Theatre Company is returning with “The Taming of the Shrew” — William Shakespeare’s comic take on the war of the sexes.

The company will conduct open auditions this month.

Children perform in Stage Left Theater Company’s 2008 production of “Twelfth Night & a Bit of Romeo and Juliet.” The community theater company is bringing back Shakespeare in the Square in September after a two-year hiatus with “The Taming of the Shrew.” (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Jennifer Dove, the company’s executive director, said the production will feature a “rockabilly” theme.

“We wanted to come back with something that we knew would draw some attention,” Dove said. “It’s probably one of my favorite comedies.

“It’s easy to relate to; it’s an easy story to tell.”

The plot deals with Petrucchio’s courtship of headstrong Katharina, who is described on Stage Left’s website as “A fighter, not a lover. A woman, not a girl. The quickest mind of anyone in the play.”

The auditions will be 7 to 9 p.m. June 25 and 26 at St. Matthew’s Church, 400 N. Broadway St. Callbacks will be 7 p.m. July 1 and rehearsals will begin in the middle of July.

Dove said the company started in 2004, but was shut down for two years after her twin sister, Susanne Betz, died of cancer at 39 and Dove brought her 2-year-old niece into her family.

She said she missed the performances.

“Once you get into doing it, you start to really miss it after a while,” she said.

To schedule an audition, contact Dove at jdove@zoominternet.net or (330) 635-8690 and indicate a day preference.

Actors should come prepared with a monologue, preferably Shakespeare, and not longer than three minutes. Actors may be asked to read the script cold as well. They are encouraged to bring a headshot and resume if they have them, but it is not required.

Production dates for the show are Sept. 13, 14 and 15.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.