Behold 2018

Sweet Tea Shakespeare invites you to join us as we usher in the holiday season with Behold, our annual musical celebration of Christmas and the winter holiday season.

Behold—part Gospel, part Sweet Tea magic—is an evening of communion meant to warm your hearts and focus your minds on Advent and Christmas. Featuring Andrew Peterson’s folk cantata Behold the Lamb of God rounded out with songs both traditional and new, Behold tells Old and New Testament stories with simplicity and grace, examining the lines between belief and disbelief during this time of joy and reflection.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, December 6-8 & 13-15, 2018

7pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road

Pay What You Will

ADVANCE RESERVED SEATING for season ticket holders and season sponsors – Email tickets@sweetteashakespeare.com to claim your place.

Seasonal drinks will be available for purchase: Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Scarlet Marvel – A True Spectacle Maker (brewed in collaboration with Hugger Mugger Brewery) and tea from Fayetteville’s local tea shop, Winterbloom. Cocktails and wine will also be available.

Outside food and drink are not permitted.

Changes due to inclement weather will be announced on our website and Facebook page.

Parking is available onsite at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Behold Cast List:

Music Director: Jacob French

Musicians: Dean Dibling, Jacob French, Rob Brown, Katelyn Brummel, Gabe Terry, Nick Miller.

Singers: Hannah Duncan, Jessica Osnoe, Marie Lowe, Tyler Graeper, Jennifer Czechowski, Joyce Borum, Nathan Pearce, Evan Bridenstine, Linda Flynn, Jeremy Fiebig, Tohry Petty, Traycie Kuhn- Zapata, Taj Allen.

 

Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata | 2018

RSVP HERE

Our celebration of the winter season—part Gospel, part Sweet Tea magic—is an evening of communion meant to warm your hearts and focus your minds on Advent and Christmas. Featuring Andrew Peterson’s folk cantata Behold the Lamb of God rounded out with songs both traditional and new, Behold tells Old and New Testament stories with simplicity and grace, examining the lines between belief and disbelief during this time of joy and reflection.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, December 6-8 & 13-15, 2018
7pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road
Pay What You Will
ADVANCE RESERVED SEATING for season ticket holders and season sponsors – Email tickets@sweetteashakespeare.com to claim your place.

Seasonal drinks will be available for purchase; Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s Scarlet Marvel – A True Spectacle Maker brewed in collaboration with Hugger Mugger Brewery and tea from Fayetteville local tea store, Winterbloom. Cocktails and wine will also be available.

Outside food and drink are not permitted.

Changes due to inclement weather will be announced on our website and Facebook page.

Parking is available onsite at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

RSVP HERE

Behold Cast List:
Music Director: Jacob French
Musicians: Dean Dibling, Jacob French, Rob Brown, Katelyn Brummel, Gabe Terry, Nick Miller.
Singers: Hannah Duncan, Jessica Osnoe, Marie Lowe, Tyler Graeper, Jennifer Czechowski, Joyce Borum, Nathan Pearce, Evan Bridenstine, Linda Flynn, Jeremy Fiebig, Tohry Petty, Traycie Kuhn- Zapata, Taj Allen.

About Sweet Tea Shakespeare:

MISSION STATEMENT
Sweet Tea Shakespeare celebrates the wonder of language, story, and stagecraft by engaging a diverse community with accessible, imaginative, magical theatre, inspired by Shakespeare and the early modern spirit, heightened by music, presence, familiarity, and fellowship.This season marks the fifth anniversary of Sweet Tea Shakespeare bringing great classic theater to Fayetteville and the surrounding communities.

About Sweet Tea Shakespeare:
Sweet Tea Shakespeare imagines, enacts, and embraces theatre in the spirit of Shakespeare and early modern performance as it seeks to employ the ingenuity and drive behind Shakespeare’s own company in all its endeavors.Sweet Tea Shakespeare imagines, enacts, and embraces theatre in the spirit of Shakespeare and early modern performance as it seeks to employ the ingenuity and drive behind Shakespeare’s own company in all its endeavors.

A Very Behold Christmas

The weather outside isn’t frightful, so there’s no need for a delightful fire. It’s not likely to be a white Christmas, and here in North Carolina, we’re more likely to be walking in unraked leaves than a winter wonderland. So how do we get in the Christmas mood? With music, of course. Behold is Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s musical celebration of the Christmas season, so even when it’s 65 degrees outside, rehearsals have been full of Christmas cheer. In this spirit, the performers of Behold have contributed songs to a holiday playlist for you to enjoy. We’ve also been preparing an entire slate of songs to share with you this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Join us for Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata, and in the meantime, hear what’s keeping us merry and bright this December.

 

From Figaro to Fiddle

By Catherine Kelly, WoCo musician

Hello, everyone! My name is Catherine, and I am a relative “newbie” to the Sweet Tea stage. Behold, which opens tonight (yay!), will mark my second show with Sweet Tea Shakespeare, with my first being Romeo & JuliLIT in October. Both Behold and Romeo and JuliLIT have become cherished performance memories for me, and it’s with great pleasure that I share some thoughts from my experiences this season.

First, I’ll provide a little backstory. I come from a musical family in which violin is the instrument to play. Both my grandmother and mother have worked for years as professional violinists and instructors, so naturally, I was given classical violin lessons almost as early as I took my first steps! As I got older, my most radical act of teenage “rebellion” was to insist on taking voice lessons and applying for voice programs, instead of violin, at university music schools. (Honestly, this was one of the most rebellious things I ever did–in my own mind, anyway. In reality, my family was absolutely thrilled I was studying voice. My teenage years were obviously not that riveting.) Eventually, I earned a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance, and I began performing professionally as an operatic soprano and, from time to time, a violinist.

Opera has taken me to places I never imagined I’d see. Shortly before auditioning for Sweet Tea Shakespeare, I’d completed a performance season in Vienna, Austria, where I sang the role of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. This was a dream role for me; Figaro is my favorite opera. When I moved back to to North Carolina and saw postings for auditions at STS, I saw an opportunity to pursue yet another dream of mine, one that is pretty different from my opera dreams: playing in a folk band.

As a classical musician, I’m accustomed to reading notes on a page and playing/singing exactly what the composer writes. Playing folk or pop music requires the ability to improvise, since the music isn’t always written in detail. My first rehearsals as a violinist for Romeo and JuliLIT involved quite a bit of experimenting, wrong improvised notes, and “Oops, sorry’s.” Jacob French, our brilliant music director, would ask me, “Hey, do you think you could add a little solo in this bridge section?” And I’d respond, “Uh… I can definitely try.”

I’m proud to say my improvisational skills have greatly improved since those first rehearsals. Now, when Jake asks me to fill in with a solo, my response is, “Of course!” Every rehearsal is teaching me confidence in playing in a genre that, prior to my experience with STS, felt a bit foreign to me. And I’m absolutely loving it.

A big underlying theme in studying classical music is finding beauty in every note, no matter the length, no matter the dynamic. Making music is always more meaningful when the performer can love each and every note.  There are things I’ve learned while playing with Sweet Tea that I’ll use in my classical repertoire from now on, too; namely, to play or sing each note, whether I wrote it or not, with an improvisatory energy, with the feeling that I might be making up each note on the spot, allowing the music to pour out from the heart.

I’m thankful for Sweet Tea Shakespeare for this opportunity to grow as a performer and as a person. Making music with an endlessly talented, vastly supportive group is my dream career. I’m so thankful to have found a place to create in such a brilliantly fulfilling way.

Sweet Holiday Treats

Sweet Tea Shakespeare is always evolving as we welcome new people and the talents they bring. Some people bring more than just their talent, though; one of our newest wrights, Gabe Terry, brought us Brian. And Brian brought us treats.

It all began when Gabe arrived at Romeo and JuliLIT rehearsal with a container full of snickerdoodle Rice Krispies treats. Gabe gave all the credit to his husband Brian, and Brian soon began an unrelenting effort to produce even more delicious cookies, bars, and cereal treats for the actors to enjoy during rehearsal. As we prepare Behold and Antony and Cleopatra for audiences, Brian continues to prepare his confections, and we are so grateful that he does.

Brian has kindly agreed to share the recipes for two of his greatest hits: Mexican hot chocolate cookies and the snickerdoodle Rice Krispies treats that started it all.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, join us for music and, yes, delicious treats at Behold: A Folk Christmas Cantata on December 8 and 9 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
(adapted from laurenconrad.com)

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add sugar and oil and whisk until combined. Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined
  • In a separate bowl, whisk all of the dry ingredients together.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a spatula just until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until distributed evenly.
  • Scoop out cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheet, about 1.5″ apart from one another.
  • Refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Push cookies down a little with the palm of your hand so that they are more flat than dome shaped.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 8 minutes, until the edges are set and the center looks done.

Snickerdoodle Rice Krispies Treats

(adapted from CookiesAndCups.com)

INGREDIENTS
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 10 cups mini marshmallows, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
Topping
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Line a 9×9 pan with aluminum foil and coat lightly with nonstick spray.
  • Melt butter. Once it’s melted, continue to cook the butter until it boils and begins to brown, stirring constantly. Once the butter is light brown, add 8 cups of the marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Immediately stir in the cereal until coated evenly in the marshmallow mixture.
  • Stir in the remaining 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press evenly. Sprinkle with topping.
Topping
  • Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle onto the krispie treats evenly.
  • Cool completely and cut into bars.