Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Shakespeare Lives at the Flynn

This spring, The Acting Company embarked on a national tour to share their productions of Moby Dick Rehearsed and William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The group visited the Flynn MainStage in May, where they put on a superb, memorable performance of The Tempest. Throughout the tour, actress Kelley Curran kept a journal of each performance, and said this of the group's visit to the Flynn:

"Burlington, Vermont and the Flynn Theater: one of my absolute favorite stops on tour last year! I was thrilled to be back in town performing in this beautiful, old house! As it is Vermont’s largest city and home to UVM, the town has a thriving, active arts community. That was made particularly clear when the 1,400 seat Flynn Theater was filled for our performance of The Tempest! It was our largest audience to date for either show. The presenter at the Flynn glowed when he said that Shakespeare himself would be thrilled that on a Friday night in Burlington, VT, over 1,000 people were attending one of his plays nearly 400 years after it was written."

"It was a special performance for me, too, as three of those audience members were family—my mom, dad, and little brother (who was seeing the show for the first time). There were also several local artists and residents in the audience who had participated in an “Acting Clues” workshop with Timothy, Michael, and Robb earlier in the day. They all made for an incredible audience and an exciting performance of The Tempest. Our crew also had a great experience as the local crew of the Flynn was incredibly efficient, capable, and fun."

"It was here, too, that we had our first full day off, without traveling, since Fairfax, Virginia. We were able to spend the day hiking, walking the waterfront of Lake Champlain, and sampling the coffee and fare of the delicious restaurants in town. Now we drive on through the Berkshires to the beautiful mountain town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts for another Tempest."

The Acting Company will return to the Flynn MainStage on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 7:30 pm to perform another Shakespeare masterpiece, Henry V.