2020 Season Dates: May 20 through August 24
Shake It Up Saturdays
July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17
Meet by the water at 3:15 pm before Henry V – Free event!
Join Door Shakespeare for a casual preshow gathering with activities designed to introduce patrons of all ages to William Shakespeare and Henry V. We’ll review the characters of the play and take a look at the plot in order to have a better understanding of the story and enhance the theatrical experience. Designed with families in mind, Shake it Up Saturday includes activities to help get the wiggles out before the show begins. Advanced registration required. Call 920.839.1500 to register and confirm dates and times.
Door Shakespeare Managing Director Amy Ensign does an admirable job of bringing the complexities of Henry V to life. The kids played with slips of paper assembling an ordered synopsis and addressed various aspects of the play. My daughters were particularly amused at the idea of France sending a king of England a chest full of tennis balls to mock him.
The specifics of the outdoor production were also of interest. It is explained to the kids that there are two opposing teams in the play: one in red and one in blue. Actors play counterparts on both teams based on cleverly simple costuming. The basics of this are brought to the kids via props and costuming. They take turns choosing items, creating characters and improvising interactions between them.The lessons from the pre-show workshop are brought into the theatre. Henry Vdirector, (Matt) Daniels, has chosen to allow aspects of the backstage atmosphere to be visible onstage in the narration-heavy spirit of Shakespeare’s script. This semi-visible backstage is a great introduction for the younger theatergoers. My oldest daughter was given a checklist of classic lines from the play to listen for. The connection between script and spoken word seemed particularly interesting to her.
Credit a talented Amy Ensign for drawing out some of that interest with an ambitious, little class, for ambitious, little theatergoers prior to the show every Saturday.”
Thank you to our Shake it up Saturday sponsors, Alice and Bob Chrismer!