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TASM Shakespeare Production presents William Shakespeare's "As You Like It"


The curtain will rise on a production of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12 at 7pm. Christina Johnston is the director, and Jessica Reeg is the assistant director. Design by Patrick Grimes. Choreography by Nicole Chagnon.  The performances will take place in the Hill House Arts and Athletics Center on the St. Michael’s Country Day School campus at 180 Rhode Island Ave., Newport. For more in- formation, call 401-849-5970 x 411.

 



The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe


Congratulations to the Cast and Crew!

The students of the St. Michael’s Theatre Ensemble had three amazing performances of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, this weekend at St. Michael’s.  Congratulations to the student cast and crew for their hard work, dedication, and stellar performance with this collaborative program!

Thanks especially to our production team: Christy Johnston, Jessica Reeg, and Ellyn Eaves-Hileman. Directors brought their unique talents to bear and produced a show that was thoughtfully acted, and pleasingly choreographed. The set and costume designs were outstanding, and allowed viewers to experience what it might feel like to be in Narnia!

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is based on C.S. Lewis’ first book of The Chronicles of Narnia, in an adaptation by Adrian Mitchell. While staying in a remote country manor to escape the London Blitz, the four Pevenzie children discover a magic wardrobe that allows them to pass into Narnia, a world inhabited by talking animals and ruled by the White Witch.  Since coming into power, the Witch has held Narnia in an eternal winter, never permitting Christmas or spring, and turning her enemies to stone with a wave of her wand. All of Narnia has been waiting for the return of Aslan, the Lion and Lord of Narnia, to overcome the Witch and reawaken the land. The children join together with Aslan, as they fight to outwit the Witch and restore peace to Narnia, learning the power of love and loyalty along the way.

 



TASM presents A Midsummer Night's Dream


Midsummer-Poster-678x1024-2Theatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present the final performance of the summer, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past two weeks studying and bringing to life William Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. In this production’s interpretation, the fairies of Shakespeare’s magical land are sparks in the dark of the digital world that underlies reality, playing with the perceptions of the hapless humans wandering through their everyday lives. Christina Johnston is directing the show, assisted by Jessica Reeg, choreography is by Nicole Chagnon, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

 



TASM presents Happily Together After


Happily-Together-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present an original musical entitled “Happily Together After” on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 9 – 15, who have spent the past three weeks writing and rehearsing a show of their own creation, supported behind the scenes by tech campers who have built the set and will run technical aspects of the show. The group worked with writing coach Andrew Katzman to conceive a fairy tale world filled with familiar characters who find themselves in unfamiliar situations, where no one is confined to their traditionally set path, and everyone has to overcome new obstacles to get to their happily-ever-after. Campers are largely responsible for writing the original songs in the show, and also helping to design and build the versatile and clever storybook set. Chelsea Boergesson is directing the show, Kristine Langello is musical director, choreography is by Jessica Reeg, and technical direction is by Patrick Grimes.

The performance is in Hill House Arts and Athletic Center at St. Michael’s School, and is free and open to the public, with donations welcome at the door. For more information, please contact Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411 or email at cjohnston@smcds.org.

Additional performances this summer will include Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.



Theatre at St. Michael's presents Othello


Othello-postTheatre at St. Michael’s is proud to present William Shakespeare’s timely and thought-provoking tragedy, “Othello” on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th at 7:00. This performance will feature actors ages 14 – 18, who have been intensively studying the play in a two-week program under the direction of Christina Johnston. Assistant direction is by Chelsea Boergesson, fight choreography is by Jason Robert LeClair, and design is by Patrick Grimes.

Actors include Nadia Leinhos as the noble but fraught Othello, Lynne Sipprelle as a tragically lovely Desdemona, and Scott Powell as the evilly manipulative Iago. The cast is rounded out by Kate Fairgrieve, John Thornton, Eliza Staples, Samantha DiMedia, Olivia Gravier, Lana Gaige, Cecelia Brower, Lily Trodson, William Harkins, Kamran Bina, Roan Iribarren, Alyx Cartin-Erickson, Allyson Grant, and Bridget Vanderveer. Emma Daigneault and Kaitlyn Burgess are working with the camp staff to design and build the show.

The performance is free and open to the public, but deals with themes that may unsuitable for young children. Parental discretion advised. Donations are welcome at the door. For more information, please contact TASM camp director Christina Johnston at (401) 849-5970 x411.

Additional TASM performances this summer will include an original musical to be performed on July 29th and 30th, as well as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on August 12th and 13th.

 



TASM presents William Shakespeare's "The Tempest"



Tempest-postTheatre at St. Michael’s presents William Shakespeare’s

“The Tempest” 

…a magical show filled with adventure, love, enchantment, revenge, and general silliness.
We’d love to have you in the audience!
Directed by Christina Johnston, Assistant Direction by Chelesa Boergesson
Choreography by Danielle Genest, Design by Patrick Grimes
Friday August 14th & Saturday August 15th at 7:00 pm
In Hill House, St. Michael’s School, 180 Rhode Island Ave., Newport, RI
Donations appreciated! For more info, call (401) 849-5970 x411



TASM presents an original musical, "Bringin' The Beat"


Theatre at St. Michael’s presents an original musical conceived and written by the
TASM Musical Session:

“Bringin’ The Beat”

…a lively and energetic show about astronauts who crash land on the planet Osmosca and bring music to the culture, much to the dismay of the alien king! Audiences will want to get up and dance as alien teenagers learn Musical-postabout the infectious joy of country, pop and rock and roll. We’d love to have you in the audience…
Directed by Chelsea Boergesson
Musical Direction by Kristine Langello
Script coordination by Andrew Katzman
Choreography by Danielle Genest
Design by Patrick Grimes
Friday July 31st & Saturday August 1st at 7:00 pm
In Hill House, St. Michael’s School, 180 Rhode Island Ave., Newport, RI
Donations appreciated! For more info, call (401) 849-5970 x411

 



TASM presents Romeo and Juliet


Come join usRJpost for a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, presented by the TASM Teen Shakespeare Intensive Camp, Friday and Saturday, July 17th and 18th at 7:00. Questions, call 401-849-5970 x411.  We hope to see you there!



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