Louisville Ballet’s Lady Lear

Hi! It’s Turtle and Moose and we went to see Lady Lear. It was a great tragedy performed by the Louisville Ballet. The only thing we were disappointed about was that this is the last play for Kentucky Shakespeare’s 57th season.

One of our favorite characters is Poor Tom because she is kind and fearless from when we first see her until the play ends. She is willing to do anything to help Lady Lear and Kentster. Another one of our favorite characters is Cornelius. He is full of heart and valor and is a model citizen of Shakespeare times. It showed in his dancing, like he is the best possible person that you would ever meet.

One of our favorite scenes is when Fanny gets killed because the fight scenes are very well choreographed. But it is sad to see the most innocent character in the play get killed. Another one of our favorite scenes is the storm because of all of the dancers that are perfectly in sync like the world revolving around the sun and the moon revolving around the Earth. The umbrellas are a nice touch and we love how it actually seems like a storm and we can feel an anger that was radiating in the hearts of the dancers, because storms seem pretty mad all of the time.

When Lear gets her family to come to her house, she asks them who loves her most. Goneril and Regan profess false love and Cornelius, not wanting to appear false, says nothing and is banished from his home. The other brothers conspire against Lear to get more land and would have succeeded if not for that lousy Poor Tom. How does she save the day? Find out in Lady Lear.

This is a great dance performance by the Louisville Ballet and we hope that you come see it. It is the final performance on the season punch card and if you have gone to every show you will get a special prize! This is also on the Cultural Pass so come see it before it’s too late!

Turtle and Moose

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CenterStage’s Kiss Me Kate

Hello from Turtle and Moose! Last night we went to see Kiss Me Kate presented by CenterStage. This is a great play presented with The Taming of the Shrew playing inside of it. What really makes it stand out are the small changes made to the plot of Taming of the Shrew.

Our first favorite characters are the gunman because they are hilarious, especially when they have to act for The Taming of the Shrew. We love the scene where they first appeared because it presents a huge problem needing to be solved while still being hilarious for the entire scene. This was the reason it is one of our favorite scenes. Our next favorite character is Paul. Paul just seems like he wants you to have a good time, he is very nice and respectful, and just looks like the friendliest friend a friend can have. In the song, “Too Darn Hot” his ballet turns are great, and he is also a great singer. “Too Darn Hot” is a great scene as the singing and dancing are great, the snapping all at the same time is amazing, and it is a great scene to immerse you back into their world after the intermission. It is a scene that just had that sort of perfection that you can’t get in that many places.

The play opens with The Taming of the Shrew starting its run soon when Bill Calhoun, a suitor of Bianca in the play, owes some shady characters money because he loses all his money because of his gambling problem. He signs an IOU with the name of Fred Graham. Right before the play starts two men working for the “shady characters” approach the real Fred Graham, the star of the Shrew. They say they need the money soon but Fred has no idea what they’re talking about. What will happen to Fred? Will Bill get away with this? Will the play be able to go on? Find out in Kiss Me Kate.

This was a fantastic play that we hope that you come to enjoy the whole way through. We must warn, however, it may storm after the “Too Darn Hot” scene. The actors did such a good job that Mother Nature thought she would make the stage a bit cooler for the wonderful performers by making it rain (and it didn’t rain money). So the performance was cancelled part way through for safety, but we are sure that the second half of this play is just as good as the first and it is still very much worth watching. Don’t forget Kentucky Shakespeare is on the Louisville Cultural Pass. This play was a work of art from CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center and we hope that you come out to Central Park to see it.

Turtle and Moose

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

Hello, we are Turtle and Moose – back for the 2017 season of Kentucky Shakespeare. We saw the amazing comedy that is Much Ado about Nothing. The play opens with the Prince of Aragon having defeated his brother Don John and to celebrate the Prince and some of his men, Claudio and Benedick, went to masked ball held by the governor. Claudio, having seen the daughter of the governor, Hero, before going off to war and now returned, was now in love with Hero.  The Prince helped Claudio secure an engagement with Hero and they planned to be married the next week. Benedick’s friends tried to get him engaged with Beatrice, the governor’s niece and cousin of Hero, despite the constant snarky banter between Benedick and Beatrice. The plan was to get Benedick’s friends to talk of Beatrice loving Benedick and vice versa. Will Benedick and Beatrice fall for each other? Or while the plan crumble at its foundations. What will happen to Claudio and Hero – find out in Much Ado about Nothing!  One of our favorite characters was Benedick because he was a very sarcastic and cuttingly witty, but equally funny. Our other favorite character was Don John because he was an evil mastermind with a clever plan to stop love. One of our favorite scenes was when Benedick’s friends were talking and saying that Beatrice loved Benedick because it was hilarious to see Benedick try to hide in various places when they knew he was there the entire time. Our other favorite scene was the wedding because it was happy to see everyone be happy. Go see the show to see who gets married! We very highly recommend this show – it is truly wonderful.

Much Ado about Nothing runs every day except Monday now through Sunday, June 11th and then as part of the rotating repertoire July 12th through the 22nd. Kentucky Shakespeare is also part of the Louisville Cultural Pass which officially kicks off June 3rd through August 12th.

We’ve created a Google calendar of events for the Cultural Pass this summer so it’s easy to see what activities are available each day from June3rd to August 12th. Feel free to link to it and any corrections can be emailed to us at louisvilleartkids@gmail.com.

Kentucky Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

We saw Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of The Winter’s Tale. It is a very funny play even though it started out very much like a tragedy and the change doesn’t take away from the amazingness that are Shakespeare’s plays.

The story starts with Polixenes, the king of Bohemia (played by Gregory Maupin) visiting Leontes, king of Sicilia (played by Dathan Hooper) and his wife Queen Hermione (played by Maggie Lou Rader). We like Mamillius (played by Julian Allen) because is funny and charming and is willing to do whatever his father says. We also like his song at the beginning of the play and how it sets the stage for this excellent show. Leontes thinks that Hermione is cheating on him with Polixenes. Leontes tries to get Camillo (played by Jeremy Sapp) to poison Polixenes but Camillo flees with Polixenes to avoid poisoning him. Antigonus (played by Kyle Ware) is forced to leave Hermione’s newly-born daughter on a desert shore in Bohemia. Hermione is in court for treason but after hearing of the death of her son Mamillius she collapses dead. Antigonus drops off the baby and then is killed by a rapidly-moving bear. A shepherd and his son find the baby Perdita. Will Leontes and Perdita meet? What will Leontes do now? What have Camillo and Polixenes done during this time? The answer to these questions and more are in Act II. Also keep an eye out for Autolycus (played by Neill Robertson) because he is funny and a devious trickster (and not that subtle) pick-pocket.

This is an amazing play put on by Kentucky Shakespeare and we hope you can come see it. If you see each show at least once and have your passport stamped you can get a prize.

Turtle and Moose

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose and we saw Kentucky Shakespeare’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at Iroquois Amphitheater for Shakespeare in the Parks.

Our first favorite character was Tybalt because he is evil. He is a good fighter and is ready to protect his family name – until he died. Another one of our favorite characters was Romeo. We liked his brave love for Juliet and that he would literally die for her. We liked that he wanted to put their family differences aside and be friends.

One of our favorite scenes was when Paris and Romeo had the “Final Showdown” (quotes intended). We liked the emotion and the epic fight. Another of our favorite scenes was the opening scene. It was a good monologue and a great start for the play.

Romeo goes to a Capulet party to see Rosaline but instead meets Juliet who he likes more. Romeo sneaks out at night to see Juliet and they agree to get married. After they are married Romeo and Mercutio meet Tybalt who wants to kill them. Tybalt kills Mercutio and Romeo kills Tybalt. Romeo is then banished from Verona. Then because no one knows Romeo and Juliet are married. Juliet’s father tries to make Juliet marry Paris. Juliet drinks a sleeping potion to make her go into a coma so it looks like she is dead. Will Juliet have to marry Paris? Will Romeo and Juliet meet again? Find out in Romeo and Juliet.

This was a great performance from Kentucky Shakespeare. We want to thank all of the sponsors for Shakespeare in the Parks – Mayor Susan Barto, City of Lyndon, Mayor Bill Dieruf, City of Jeffersontown, Mayor Jeff Gahan, City of New Albany, Mayor Mike Moore, City of Jeffersonville, Louisville Metro Council members Jessica Green, Barbara Shanklin, Cheri Bryant Hamilton, David James, Angela Leet, Ton Owen, Bill Hollander, Pat Mulvihill, Vicki Aubrey Welch, Cindi Fowler, Marianne Butler, Kelly Downard, Glen Stuckel, Stuart Benson, Dan Johnson, James Peden, David Yates, and Humana, Jeffersonville Arts Alliance, Jeffersonville Public Art Commission, Jefferson Main Street, and White Clay. There are 16 more performances of Romeo and Juliet – see Kentucky Shakespeare’s website for dates and locations. We are very much looking forward to the summer season in Central Park. The kickoff of the season is June 1st. See you there!

Moose and Turtle

The Taming of the Shrew

Yesterday we went to see Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in the Park. It was an amazing play. The beginning of the play starts with a drunken man named Christopher Sly, played by Jon Patrick O’ Brien, on the street and asleep and a lady finds him and decides to prank him. She brings him to her house to make him think he is a lord and puts on a play for him and it goes like this: 3 people want to marry Bianca, played by Sarah Jo Provost. Their names are Hortentio, played by Darnell Pierre Benjamin, Gremio, played by Jon Huffman, and Lucentio played by Zachary Burrell, but can’t until her older sister Kate, played by Abigail Bailey Maupin, is married. Hortentio and Gremio get Petruchio, played by Gregory Maupin, to marry Kate so Bianca can get married. Who will marry Bianca? And will Sly ever figure out who he really is?

One of our favorite characters was Petruchio because of the funny stuff he said like “It is the moon. No, it is the sun.” He did it because he wanted to pick an argument with Kate. Another favorite character was Biondello, played by Megan Massie, because she was funny and exaggerated a lot. It was funny when she interacted with her master, Lucentio.

One of our favorite scenes was the country house dinner because Petruchio did not let Kate eat anything because the meat was burned and he wanted everything to be perfect out of his perfect love. But he was really doing it to try to “tame her”. DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME! We also liked the scene when there was a feast and all the husbands placed a bet on whose wife would come first. The reactions of the characters were really funny when the wife who came first was Kate.

We liked Petruchio’s costume during his wedding scene because he wore mismatched clothes like one laced shoe and one buckled shoe. Another favorite costume was the servant’s costume they were red with green yellow and red diamonds and they stood out a lot. This was a really cool play and we hope that you come see it. It will show tonight and then Tuesday through Sunday (June 23-28). It also will be in repertory July 19-25. Remember that Shakespeare in the Park is part of the Louisville Cultural Pass!

Turtle and Moose

The Birds

Today we went to the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival at Central Park to see a Greek comedy called The Birds. It was the pre-show for the Tempest.

The play only used 5 actors. One of our favorite characters was Pisthetaerus because he was tricky and could get anything he wanted. Another of our favorite characters was Hoopoe because he had beautiful bird calls when he was calling for all the birds in Greece. We loved how he was nice and not quick to react. Before he was a ruler of birds he was a king named Tereus. There was no program for the show so we cannot tell you the names of the actors but they were all great.

One of our favorite scenes was the interrupted sacrifice because the sacrifice kept on getting interrupted by a poet, a prophet, a law writer, and an astronomer. The fact that Pisthetaerus had to go on and on and keep getting rid of people to complete the sacrifice was really funny.

All of the bird costumes were amazing. For wings they had felt triangles attached to hoodies the same color. All of the birds had the hood up over their heads and on the rim of the hood was a yellow beak made out of felt. On the top of the hoodie were two eyes. Everyone who was not a bird had on a really cool mask. They looked like they had great texture and certainty looked amazing and very fitting for the show.

The plot of the beginning of the play was 2 people named Pisthetaerus and Euelpides are trying to find a new, quiet place to live away from all of the law makers in Athens. They are looking for a bird who used to be a king named Tereus. Pisthetaerus convinced Tereus to build a city in the sky in between the earth and the heavens so the birds can starve the gods and claim power over them. Will the birds come out victorious or will the birds face the deadly wrath of the gods? DUN, DUN, DUNNNN.

The Birds will be showing tomorrow night at Shakespeare in the Park at 7PM for the preview show again and then it moves to the Greek Festival this Friday through Sunday (June 12th – 14th). We went to the Greek Festival last year at it was really fun with all of the dancing, booths, and food. The Greek Festival is moving to the Festival Plaza at Waterfront Park downtown next to Joe’s Crab Shack. Hopefully you can get baklava and if your parents are concerned, be sure to tell them it’s not desert, it’s a culinary cultural experience!

Turtle and Moose