We’re halfway through our first week of The Taming of the Shrew, and we’re having an absolute blast – If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? The cast is full of energy, even though they have performed the show 7 times in just 6 days, and actor Mhairi Simpson took the time to talk to us about the Teen Shakespeare Program. Like many of the teens in our The Taming of the Shrew cast, Mhairi is returning to TSP for her fourth year. The Teen Shakespeare Program is a special time of year for our teen actors, and Mhairi shared with us some of her thoughts on how the program has affected her.
The Teen Shakespeare Program at Carousel Theatre is a great opportunity for young people to learn and grow as actors. After participating in this program for four summers now, these group of actors aren’t just co-workers anymore. We feel like a family. It all started in the summer of 2007 when I played Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. It was my first experience working with a professional dance choreographer and fight director. There are so many amazing memories from the years past and I’m certain there are many more to come. One of my favourite memories is the constant singing of musical soundtracks, old school bands, and the occasional Justin Beiber song coming from the girls change room before our shows. From the famous vocal warm ups, to taking over Granville Island in our costumes, to the thrill of being on stage, TSP is an amazing experience and I wouldn’t change anything about my experience