June 13, 2013

Verily we role along

Acorn Productions' outdoor Riverbank Shakespeare Festival brings not one but two shows based on works by the Bard.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Kara Haupt, Tristan Rolfe, Matt Power and Jessica Labbe will perform Shakespeare in the park.

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IF YOU GO

RIVERBANK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Riverbank Park, Main Street, Westbrook

HOW MUCH: $10/donation

INFO: 854-0065; acorn-productions.org.

Tristan Rolfe, 21, has enjoyed Shakespeare since he was a child. For bedtime stories, his parents read him Greek myths, on which Shakespeare based many of his plays.

“I found his works fascinating in grade school,” said Rolfe, who lives in Portland and will play Edward in “The War of the Roses.” “That is when I started to feel close to him. I appreciate the intellectual depth of the language, as well as the simplicity and directness of the emotion, and both things at once.”

Haley Jo Cutrone, 16, of Hollis plays Prospero in “The Tempest.” It’s a huge part. She’s a sophomore at The Waynflete School, and has acted in several Shakespeare plays at school and through Acorn. “Prospero” is by far her biggest part and biggest challenge to date.

“Yeah, it’s a lot of lines,” she said, laughing. “One of the challenges is that she, or he, is a middle-aged character with a daughter. Her goal throughout the play is to marry off that daughter and get vengeance.

“It’s hard for me to understand that middle-age thing. I’m 16. But I like the passion.”

Cutrone often judges the success of her performance based on audience reaction.

“When you see the audience light up and go, ‘Oh, I understand,’ that is so rewarding,” she said. “It’s really fun when you finally get it and learn how to decipher it and figure out what he means and why the character is saying that. It makes you feel smart.”

Staff Writer Bob Keyes can be contacted at 791-6457 or: bkeyes@mainetoday.com. Twiiter: pphbkeyes 

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