Hamlet takes a Bow
Alas, all good things must come to end and something great certainly ended on Saturday, August 10th, 2013. After 14 performances, the cast of TSP’s Hamlet took its final bow for the summer on Performance Works Outdoor Stage. Led by instructors Carole Higgins, Melissa Oei and Mike Stack, TSP Hamlet was an amazing journey of exploration and learning as the teens tackled one of the most complex plays in Shakespeare’s canon.
TSP bids a heartfelt adieu to its graduating members: Seamus Fera who played Ger Trood and Leila Raye who played the conniving Claudius. Both of these talented teens will be moving on to bigger and better things this fall as Seamus heads to UBC and Leila to The University of Alberta. Best of luck in your future endeavors! We will miss you!
A special congratulations to Seamus Fera who is the recipient of Carousel Theatre for Young People’s first ever TSP Scholarship given to a graduating student of the program who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the ensemble for 3 or more seasons. This was Seamus’ fifth and final year in the program after having played a variety of characters from one of the Weird Sisters in Macbeth, Sugarsop in The Taming of the Shrew, Messala in Julius Caesar, and Prospero in The Tempest. Congratulations, Seamus!
Next year, the Teen Shakespeare Program will bring the light-hearted tale of Berowne, Dumaine, Rosaline, Katherine and Don Armado to life! Love’s Labor’s Lost is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies and is sure to be a fun summer treat! If you are between the ages of 13-18 and are interested in auditioning, stay tuned for more information come March 2014.
Finally, a big thank you to everybody who supported the Teen Shakespeare Program whether through donating, buying a raffle ticket (congratulations to the lucky winners!) or simply filling a seat in the audience. Of course, none of this would have been possible without our dedicated volunteers who were among the first to arrive and the last to leave each night, so a round of applause for them! This was TSP’s 23rd summer of celebrating Shakespeare and your support has ensured that it will not be its last. We look forward to celebrating the arts and the amazing talent of young people in our community with you in the future and hope that you join us again next summer and for many summers to come!
Once again, congratulations to the cast and crew of the Teen Shakespeare Program’s Hamlet for six weeks of working hard and exploring Shakespeare! Thank you for your dedication, enthusiasm and inspiration. Enjoy the rest of your summer and above all, always remember: “To thine own self be true!”