Themes of war, national identity, leadership, and above all, the power of language to persuade, to change, to evoke are present in Shakespeare’s play about a young king of England who leads his armies to France to reclaim what he feels is his. Masses of characters played by a small group of actors will “on your imaginary forces work” as history unfolds before your eyes.
Cast: Mouse Courtois, Stebert Davenport, Nicholaj Deep, Sanders Hamson, Cydney Marie, Joseph McDonald, Dory Mead, Jeffrey Miller, and Dennis Verner.
Design team: Liz Getty (costume design), Isaac Ellis (lighting design), and Alexa Ducsay (stage manager).
Performances were Fridays – Sundays, May 1 – 16 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio Space (322 W. Ann Street).
THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
When the rivalry between the Surface brothers for the hand of the fair Maria couldn’t get more intense, in comes their Uncle Oliver to add a new complication: he will visit each of them in disguise to test their true worth. Who will come out on top? The upright (but secretly self-serving) Joseph? Or the devil-may-care (but nobly generous) Charles? And how will the mob of gossips and scandal-makers who hang on every moment influence the decision?
Sparkling wit and hilarious complications ensue as The Brass Tacks Ensemble presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s satirical masterpiece about the lengths we go to maintain our reputations, our integrity, and sometimes our sanity, when confronted with rumor, scandal, and hypocrisy.
CHARLES SURFACE/CRABTREE David Widmayer
JOSEPH SURFACE/MOSES Isaac Ellis
SNAKE/SIR BENJAMIN BACKBITE Cydney Marie
LADY OLIVIA SURFACE Jan Romans
MRS CANDOUR Rachel Robbins Toon
ROWLEY Jean Leverich
LADY TEAZLE/SIR TOBY BUMPER Sara Rose
MARIA/CARELESS Amanda Photenhauer
LADY SNEERWELL Nan Bauer
TRIP Anne S Rhoades
SIR PETER TEAZLE James Ingagiola
This production replaces the previously proposed production “Pros and Cons.”