Goodbye to TSP

August 19th, 2010

Well friends, the time has come to say goodbye to the Teen Shakespeare Program for another year.  The 20th year of our beloved program went out with a bang as over 400 people flocked to the Performance Works Outdoor Stage to see the final performance of The Taming of the Shrew.  Much to our surprise we had a special guest star – a baby skunk!  Luckily no one was skunked and after scampering across the stage, the little guy hid until the show was over.  At curtain call, actors Anais West, Veronique West, Jackson La Fleur, Mhairi Simpson and Lara Aippersbach took their final bow on the TSP stage as they move on to complete their final year of high school and move on from the program after participating for the last 4 summers.  We’re sad to say goodbye to them, but like so many Carousel Theatre friends, we know we will be seeing them around.

The end of The Taming of the Shrew also marks the end of my time at Carousel Theatre, and I’d like to thank everyone for an amazing few weeks.  The Teen Shakespeare Program is an inspiring and energizing presence in our community – one that sees talented teenagers make life-long friendships, uncover hidden confidence and discover bright talents; One that also entertains and inspires thousands of audience members who enjoy a show that is made accessible to all.  I believe what Carousel Theatre does is of vital importance to our community, and I’d like to thank all of the businesses who donated their goods and services to our Silent Auction and Village, the audience members who donated to the Twenty Times of Better Fortune Campaign, and the amazing team of volunteers who helped make sure everyone’s Teen Shakespeare experience was perfect.  The Teen Shakespeare Program is something special, and I am so grateful I got to be part of it – I know that I, like so many others, will be back every summer to see some Shakespeare magic played out on the old wooden stage.

Til next year,


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