Buzz Buzz Buzz
We’re just one day away from opening night, and we woke up to find The Taming of the Shrew all over the newspapers! The buzz is building for the Teen Shakespeare Show, and we couldn’t be prouder – here’s what some of the local media had to say…
“Working with Carole, we’ve really been able to get into the possible motivations of the characters and then develop our own interpretation of them,” says Veronique. “I know some actors will go out and watch other versions of a play or the movie in preparation, but it isn’t always the best way.”
No, perhaps the best way is to just spend your vacation with your nose to the verse and working on every aspect of a production that has, in the past, presented viewers with future thespians in the local theatre scene. Plus, the whole idea of the Taming of the Shrew replete with contemporary songs and dance routines sounds like something that will echo over the hillside stage at Granville Island just right on a summer night.
With a big nod to Baz Luhrmann’s sexy 2001 movie Moulin Rouge, Higgins shifts Shakespeare’s tale from Italy circa 1600 to Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, when dancers, poets, artists and musicians filled cafes and spilled into the streets in a fin-de-siecle frenzy of love and lust.
“Being an outdoor show,” says Higgins, “there’s only so much you can do set-wise. But we’ve got really colourful curtains and costumes, and our sound design blends the
music of that time with modern stuff, to make it hip for a teen and family audience.”
To read all of Peter Bernie’s story in the Vancouver Sun, click here!