Yuletide Shakespeare

Director: Kaitlynn McRae

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players…and one man in his time has many parts.”

Coming off a great success in last season’s production of Julius Caesar, the students from Marco Island Academy will perform a showcase of works from some of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays.

Preceding the showcase, students aged 14-17 will participate in an eight-week intensive acting class designed to hone their already impeccable talent, as they prepare to embark on the journey of Macbeth (coming in May 2015). Exploring modern plays as well as Shakespeare, the students will study the principles of Stanislavsky, Meisner, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s John Barton with particular emphasis on inflection, choric, and characterization. At the conclusion of the course, audiences will have the opportunity to watch these young actors adopt our favourite characters, from the grieving Prince Hamlet to the love-struck Count Orsino; from the innocent Juliet to the wizened Prospero. Joined by carol singers and holiday festivities, this will be an event the entire family is sure to enjoy!

The class and showcase will be led by Kaitlynn McRae, the Director of Operations at the Marco Island Shakespeare Festival.

Director’s Bio

Greg Madera is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Limestone College, and began his theater career with the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville,Tennessee. Greg has worn several hats in the theater including Actor, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Carpenter and Director. Sylvia and Shooting Starare Greg’s summer directing projects. During The Marco Players’ most recent season, he was in The Interview as “James T. Shannon,” and directed Becky’s New Car. All theater is collaborative and Greg thanks everyone who helped bring this show to life, especially the audience. Without you, it’s a rehearsal.

About The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival

The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival is a community effort to better understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s timeless texts, which so wonderfully reveal the human condition. The Festival offers interdisciplinary collaboration with the English and History curricula of the Marco Island Academy High School. After reading the play in the classroom, students have the opportunity to participate in the full production through a variety of roles, both on and off the stage. The Marco Island Shakespeare Festival also offers community readings throughout Marco Island and Naples. Read More