Photo Flash: First Stage's Young Company Presents THE WINTER'S TALE

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First Stage's Young Company, the Theater Academy's award-winning training program for advanced high school actors, will present William Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE as their first Performance Project for the 2019/20 season. The play explores multiple facets of the human condition - from false assumptions and lost children to truths revealed, redemption found and the appearance of marvelous wonders. As one of Shakespeare's late plays, it tells the story of wandering and separation leading eventually to tearful and joyous reunion. Sponsored by United Performing Arts Fund.

Young Company Performance Projects are actor-driven presentations using elemental production values. By stripping down to a nearly bare stage, the connection of actor to audience is enhanced, and the words of the play come alive in exciting ways. These fully rehearsed studio projects allow First Stage's award-winning students to showcase their graduate level skills with full-length material, from Shakespeare to American classics to pieces commissioned specially for them.

THE WINTER'S TALE runs December 6 - 15, 2019 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, located at 325 W. Walnut Street in downtown Milwaukee. Tickets are $14. Tickets are available are available online at www.firststage.org or through the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961. Performance runtime is approximately two hours and twenty minutes, which includes two intermissions. Suggested for families and young people ages 13+.

Director Marcella Kearns shared these observations about THE WINTER'S TALE, "This play requires of all of us - artists and audience - to have a collision with our own biases and discomforts. We will confront how humans behave when authority manufactures its own narrative from nothing and deems it truth. We will witness how family may cut the deepest, how chosen family may help to heal and how forgiveness must come not only from another, but from self. We will be required to awaken our faith - to believe in miracle and the dissolution of seemingly impossible barriers before us and between us. We look forward to sharing this story of patience, forbearance and belief with our First Stage audiences."

Matt Daniels, Director of the Young Company also added, "THE WINTER'S TALE is my personal favorite of all of Shakespeare's plays. It is half tragedy, half comedy, full of music and magic, jealousy and redemption. It is one of Shakespeare's last plays, and so the language is rich, textured and complex, making it a great training tool. And it has Shakespeare's greatest stage direction, if not the greatest stage direction of all time: Exit, pursued by a bear."

Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

Photo Flash: First Stage's Young Company Presents THE WINTER'S TALE
Costello Mylott, Kate Ketelhohn, Trevor Schmitt-Ernst, Gwynyth Martin, Kyra Mathias, Kathleen Lepianka, Gabriela Bastardo and Emily Harris

Photo Flash: First Stage's Young Company Presents THE WINTER'S TALE
Costello Mylott, Kate Ketelhohn, Gwynyth Martin, Molly McVey and Molly Boyle

Photo Flash: First Stage's Young Company Presents THE WINTER'S TALE
Emily Harris and Molly McVey

Photo Flash: First Stage's Young Company Presents THE WINTER'S TALE
Gwynyth Martin, Morgan McKinnis and Molly Boyle

Photo Flash: First Stage's Young Company Presents THE WINTER'S TALE
Selma Rivera, Trevor Schmitt-Ernst and Mathilde Prosen-Oldani

Photo Flash: First Stage's Young Company Presents THE WINTER'S TALE
Kyra Mathias and Kathleen Lepianka




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