By Sue Suchyta
Allen Park’s Outvisible Theatre Company presents Shakespeare in the Park(ing lot): “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at 7 p.m. July 6 and 8 and 2 p.m. July 9 at the Outvisible Theatre Company, 18614 Ecorse Road in Allen Park, and 7:30 p.m. July 7 at Campus Martius Park, 800 Cadillac Square in Detroit.
In the event of rain, the Allen Park performances will move indoors, but the Campus Martius performance will be canceled. Attendees are urged to take along chairs, blankets and cushions.
The madcap romp, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, breaks the fourth wall as three actors parody the plays of Shakespeare in comically shortened or merged form.
Directed by Adriane Galea of Allen Park, the production features Gerald Hymer and Jeremy St. Martin of Wyandotte and Billy Robinson of Auburn Hills.
Galea said a knowledge of Shakespeare isn’t needed to enjoy London’s longest running comedy.
“The show was not originally planned into my pre-season, but the opportunity came up to present something in conjunction with Campus Martius Park,” she said. “It’s a show that everyone will find entertaining.”
She said it should be noted that Shakespeare can be a little bit lewd when you hear the updated, contemporary language.
“The show was primarily formed out of improv, so it’s hysterical,” Galea said. “As an educator, I hope at least a couple people can walk away finding Shakespeare to be more accessible.”
She said while the show appeals to her inner theater, history and teaching “geek,” the true appeal of the show is its hilarity.
“I am a huge Shakespeare nerd — his plays are the perfect combination of my love for that period of history with my love for theater,” she said. “So for someone like me who could walk into any Shakespearean performance with a full understanding of what is happening and why, this show is exciting because it gives everyone the chance to enjoy his plays, which really are brilliant.”
St. Martin said the show brings The Bard’s works to all audiences.
‘Whether you’re a true Shakespearean scholar, or have had no exposure to his works whatsoever, this show will appeal to you,” St. Martin said.
Hymer said he loves the show because it has found a way to summarize every Shakespearean play for people unfamiliar with the works.
“The hilarious nonsense that comes from these summations help make Shakespeare more bearable for people who were not huge fans of the Bard back when they were in school,” Hymer said.
All performances are free. Go to OutvisibleTheatre.com for more information.
DAG AUDITIONS FOR YOUTH MUSICAL ‘SLEEPY HOLLOW’
Ready for time travel? The Downriver Actors Guild, 2656 Biddle Ave. in Wyandotte, holds auditions for ages 8 to 18 at 1:30 p.m. June 26 and 6:30 p.m. June 27 at the playhouse.
When three modern children visit the Crane house on Halloween, they magically travel back in time to the tale of Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, Katie Van Tassel and the Headless Horseman.
The show contains spooky and hilarious moments in a tale spanning time.
Kenny Konaszewski directs, with Amanda Aue as musical director and Matt Mayes as choreographer.
The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 17, 23 and 24, and 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25.
Those auditioning should provide a song of their choice, with an instrumental CD or smart phone track, or sheet music. No one will be allowed to sing a capella.
Dress comfortably and bring appropriate shoes for a short dance audition. No one will be allowed to dance barefoot.
Cold readings from the script will be done for select roles only. Provide a list of conflict dates to the audition. The read through is June 29.
Those cast will pay a $65 participation fee and a parent or student DAG membership.
For more information, call 734-407-7020 or go to downriveractorsguild.net.
‘SOUTH PACIFIC’ AUDITIONS AT SPOTLIGHT PLAYERS
Spotlight Players will hold auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning “South Pacific” at 7 p.m. July 11 and 12 at Canton Village Theatre, 50400 Cherry Hill in Canton Township. The show runs Sept. 16 to 18 and 23 to 25.
John Sartor of Canton Township will direct the show, with choreography by Peter Sonnberg of Novi and musical direction by Jeff Hollon of Trenton.
Those auditioning should prepare a song in the style of the show, with songs from the show encouraged. An accompanist will be provided. Those auditioning for the ensemble will be taught a short movement combination, and should bring appropriate footwear. There will also be cold readings from the script.
For more information go to spotlightplayersmi.org