Westwood Shakespeare Company season focuses on comedy

ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) Comedy is the key word for this season and the Westwood Shakespeare Company’s productions.

The company, now in its 16th season, will kick off with improv and follow it up with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The WSC opens Nov. 1, 15, and 22 with improv, totally unscripted sketch comedy, where anything can happen. Twelfth Night opens Dec. 6-8, with a special Christmas encore productions Dec. 20-22. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

Twelfth Night is a classic comedy of words with the full range of mistaken identity and plays on words that set the tone for such comedies in all the years to follow.

“Even if you’ve never seen Twelfth Night, the show will seem familiar because of its influence on everything that has followed,” said Artistic Director B.G. Bradley.

Company Director Jamie VanEnkevort said the company is thriving and features a large contingent of talented newcomers along with some true veteran talent ages 14-18.

“We have a couple of great young directors giving us a lot of positive energy,” VanEnkevort said of senior student directors Matt Simons and Sierra Pietro.

She also gave special mention to newcomer and senior Karlie Kargela, who, according to VanEnkevort is bring “great interpretation” to Viola, the lead role in Twelfth Night.

She also gave special mention to senior Tech Director Tess Perow for her leadership.

Pietro added, that Twelfth Night scenes are well in the works and are “very funny”, but added there are serious moments in the show as well. She said further of the particularly large group, “We have a great crew all around.”

Bradley added that it has been fun to watch the program “again refreshed and enlivened” by the newcomers.

Tickets for all shows are available at 6 p.m. on show nights. Season tickets for single seats and family are also available at the box office and will soon be available at the Westwood High School office during school hours.

The second semester will feature another Shakespeare comedy classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and more improv. A tentative slate of second semester shows is available for viewing on Facebook at Westwood Shakespeare Company.

For more information, contact Bradley at bradleybg@nice.k12.mi.us.

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