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Aquila Theatre Company brings Shakespeare to life at Norton Center


February 7, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Aquila Theatre Company The Aquila Shakespeare Company will perform two plays at the
Norton Center for the Arts: “Cyrano de Bergerac” (above) at
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, and “The Taming of the Shrew”
at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. There will also be several other
events related to the productions.

Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players … one man in his time plays many parts …” This holds especially true for members of the Aquila Theatre Company, who will soon perform two classic works at the Norton Center for the Arts.

The Aquila Theatre Company will present “Cyrano de Bergerac” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 in Newlin Hall. There will also be a student matinee performance earlier that day for local schools which will be sign-language interpreted.

Prior to the performance that evening, members of the Centre community are invited to participate in the RED Letter Project, which asks the question, “What does love mean to you?” All are welcome to submit their responses—in a word, phrase, quotation or lyric—in red ink to one of the several Red Letter Boxes located around Centre’s campus and the community by Feb. 12. At 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, a performance based on selected responses will take place in the Norton Center lobby. The RED Letter Project is sponsored and supported by the creative writing program at Centre, as well as the Norton Center for the Arts.

In its second performance, the Aquila Theatre Company presents “The Taming of the Shrew” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 in Newlin Hall. This performance will also be sign-language interpreted and counts as a convocation credit for students.

Prior to the performance, Centre professors will discuss adaptations of Shakespearean works in “Taming the Bard” at 7:15 p.m. in the Norton Center lobby. Stacey Peebles, assistant professor of English, and Philip White, associate professor of English, will specifically look at “Taming of the Shrew,” one of the most widely-adapted of Shakespeare’s plays, in its many reproductions and interpretations. All are welcome to attend the discussion. To read a blog post by White on “The Triumph of Shakespeare’s Shrew,” click here.

The Aquila Theatre Company will give a master class on the beauties and difficulties of performing Shakespeare from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Weisiger Theatre. The master class will look at methods of classical acting explored in the theatre company, as well as how textual analysis reveals directions meant for actors in Shakesperean plays.

The Aquila Theatre Company at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.

For ticketing information and a complete schedule of events at the Norton Center this spring, visit NortonCenterfortheArts.com. For a complete list of convocations at Centre this spring, click here.



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