The Boardmore Theatre will be premiering an all-new comedy called Shakespearean Idol for three public preview shows. This original play confronts clichés surrounding Shakespeare and reality television while keeping audiences thoroughly entertained. The shows will start at 7 p.m. on April 18, 19 and 20.
“Culturally, we have this notion that Shakespeare is dull, old-fashioned and has nothing to do with us. However, when you start to dig into the characters and stories, you discover a lot you'll recognize,” says Scott Sharplin, one of the writers and co-director of Shakespearean Idol. “The stories we tell ourselves now, even in shows like American Idol or Big Brother, are essentially the same stories.”
The play will go on a special tour to schools across Cape Breton Island, tentatively scheduled for this fall. Todd Hiscock, the director of the Boardmore Playhouse, says, “Our mainstage Shakespeare productions are too elaborate to tour throughout the island, so many communities miss out on the chance to see Shakespeare’s characters come to life. This production is aimed specifically at schools, and will be designed with touring in mind. In fact, we will invite students from each school up on stage to participate, giving them unique opportunities to immerse themselves in the theatrical experience.” After the school tour, the play will return to the Boardmore Theatre for more performances as part of the 2013/2014 season.
Sharplin compares the Shakespearean Idol play to a science experiment, with the various characters mixing together with strange combinations being formed. He says, “Every step of the way, the results have been surprising, revealing, and hilarious. We hope audiences will have as much fun watching the show as we've had creating it.”
Tickets will be available at the door for each performance and are $10 each. For more information about Shakespearean Idol, please call the Boardmore Playhouse at 902-563-1351.