I auditioned for a specific role and landed it! I was planning on taking a break this summer, but then I got an email from an actor friend about Much Ado About Nothing. Performed outdoors this summer. In Spokane. PERFECT! I've seen it before and read it before, and I decidied I want to be at least 35 to do Beatrice (yup, more than 10 years away). I haven't done Shakespeare since Lavinia in Titus Andronicus in 2007 (?), I believe. So I auditioned for a smaller part...sweet, innocent Hero! And stuck to my guns despite the fact that this is clearly a college-aged cast.
Something that struck me in auditions was the director, Kevin Connell. He knows his stuff, and he knows this play; he was teaching me all sorts of things even as we read. I took 4 Shakespeare courses at WSU, and studied Much Ado About Nothing at least three separate times in them, as well as seeing the play / movie versions more than once. And that's exactly the thing that amazes about Shakespeare...it's text that won't ever be mined to its depths!
The script is (beautifully) pared down to 90 minutes, will be performed outdoors at the enclosed area on the West side of the Gonzaga Prep High School, and will be FREE! Bring your coolers & picnic lunches!
I am so excited, I can't even see straight! I'll post show details really soon. Promise!