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The best of The Bard on Fairfield Ludlowe stage this weekend

Published 7:21 am, Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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  • Gathered around the caldron in the witches scene from "Macbeth" are, from left, Katie LaMontagne, Alex McElwee and Hailey Steveson. The scene is part of "The Shakespeare Project" being performed Dec. 6 and 7 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Fairfield CT. November 2013. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen contributed
    Gathered around the caldron in the witches scene from "Macbeth" are, from left, Katie LaMontagne, Alex McElwee and Hailey Steveson. The scene is part of "The Shakespeare Project" being performed Dec. 6 and 7 at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Fairfield CT. November 2013. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A SHAKESPEARE SAMPLER
What: Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club production of "The Shakespeare Project," a sampling of the playwright's greatest scenes.
Where: Fairfield Ludlowe High School auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road
When: 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $8 at the door, cash or check only.
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To step into the Fairfield Ludlowe High School auditorium this weekend will be to take a step back 400 years -- back to olde London and the fabled Globe Theatre.

Suspend your disbelief for a couple of hours, and The Bard himself, William Shakespeare, will guide you through his greatest hits -- the tragedies, the comedies, the histories.

On Friday and Saturday, the Fairfield Ludlowe Drama Club will stage a total of three performances of "The Shakespeare Project," a sampler that will include scenes from seven of the playwright's best-known plays.

Performances are planned at 8 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $8, available at the door for cash or check only.

Nearly four centuries after Shakespeare's death, his work remains popular. On Broadway, four current productions represent his work, the drama club said in a news release.

The goal of "The Shakespeare Project," the club said, is to show the breadth of his work, make it accessible and highlight the most memorable moments of his repertoire.

The production includes scenes from "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth," "Hamlet," "Richard III," "Taming of the Shrew," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Henry V."

The cast and crew include 95 Ludlowe students.

Will Powers plays Shakespeare, and he acts as the writer, the director -- telling the players how to act -- and as an actor, as well.

Fran Kondziela, the drama club director, said Shakespeare remains popular "because his plays present human truths beautifully, poetically, emotionally, powerfully.

"Actors love Shakespeare because Shakespeare loves actors," she said. "He is meant to be performed."

A SHAKESPEARE SAMPLER

What: Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club production of "The Shakespeare Project," a sampling of the playwright's greatest scenes.

Where: Fairfield Ludlowe High School auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road

When: 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $8 at the door, cash or check only.