Twenty Times of Better Fortune

July 15th, 2010

As we embark on our 20th summer of the Teen Shakespeare Program at Carousel Theatre, we are taking a look back at two decades of good memories.  This summer The Taming of the Shrew will inspire 16 teenagers to follow their dreams (cheesy but true), but the program has changed the lives of hundreds of teenagers over the years – many of whom have gone on to become successful and passionate theatre artists or just all around wonderful people.  Recognize these folks?

As You Like It 1996

That’s right!  You’re looking at a photo of Rebecca Auerbach and recent Jessie Richardson Award winner Alessandro Juliani as Rosalind and Orlando in the Teen Shakespeare Program production of As You Like It in 1996!  This is just one of many wonderful ‘vintage’ photos we’ve uncovered from TSP history – so stay tuned for more!  In the mean time I’d like to introduce you to our 20th Anniversary project, which we’re calling Twenty Times of Better Fortune.

In the first part of this project, we are collecting stories and photographs that help tell the story of how the Teen Shakespeare Program has impacted our community.  We would love to see your old pictures and anecdotes from your time with us – these will be collected and shared in a display onsite at Performance Works’ outdoor stage during The Taming of the Shrew. The second part of our project is a fundraiser to help secure the future of our beloved program in light of recent funding cuts – we are hoping to have 200 people donate $20 in celebration of our 20th year. The stories and photos gathered for the display will be used for this project, and letting families know about the Teen Shakespeare program.

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1995

TSP has meant a lot to all of us at Carousel, and we know there are many folks out there who feel the same way.  As the pictures, stories, and donations start coming in we’ll provide regular updates on the blog and facebook page – so send them on in and help us celebrate 20 years of inspiring Shakespearean theatre for young people.

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