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Welcome to our Zoom production of John Lyly’s delightful and strange Gallathea, streamed live in August 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring a lovely cast and production team, this production was our first foray into digital production.
Director: Monica Cross
Music Director: Scott McKenna Campbell
Stage Manager: Bree Brand
(with their Venmo and/or CashApp tags, in case you want to send them a tip):
Saki Marie as Gallathea Venmo: @saki.marie
Sara Linares as Phillida CashApp: $araLinares Venmo: @Sara-Linares
Brett Sullivan Santry as Titerus/Alchemist
Nathan Pearce as Melebius/Ericthinis Venmo: @Nathan-Pearce-14
Robbie Diaz as Cupid/Peter
Cristina Palacio as Diana
Dee McBride as Venus/Ramia Venmo: @theDeeMcB
Timothy Fitch as Astrologer/Augur/Mariner Venmo: @Tim-Fitch-1
Maren Ericsson as Eurota/Dick Venmo: @Maren-Ericcson
Zachary Hanna as Telusa/Robin venmo: Zachary-hanna-97
Amanda Rogus as Rafe Venmo: @Amanda-Rogus
Logan Starnes as Neptune Venmo: @Logan-Starnes
Emily Garrison as Larissa/Hebe Venmo: @Emily-Garrison
This question opened tonight’s rehearsal for the next Sweet Tea Shakespeare Hours concert installment, as we waited on musicians and vocalists to trickle in from their day jobs. The verdict: It was a very Monday kind of day for many of us. So as we waited for our company to assemble, we spilled the tea of how our day had been thus far. And we spilled that tea, knowing that we all cared to hear each other’s answer, and that it mattered. (Empathy. Theatre teaches it. It’s pretty awesome.)
Once most of us assembled, we prepared to get down to business. But not before company member and the concert music director for this installment, Aaron Alderman, made us all stand up and shake off all the junk from earlier today. It reminded me of why we gather together to make music, to make theatre. We gather for community. We gather for escape from the mundane and the frustrating parts of life. I imagine this is why Shakespeare and his contemporaries gathered as well. I like to think this was the reason.
Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Assistant Artistic Director, Claire F. Martin, interviews actor/writer Kelsie Blocker about navigating the racism and sexism embedded both in Shakespeare’s plays and in the field of classical theater.
More about our Lunch Hours guest: Kelsie is an actor, writer, and comedian based in Virginia. She is a Shakespeare and Performance student at Mary Baldwin and has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of South Carolina.
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