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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The Globe Players’ The Merchant of Venice

Hello from Turtle and Moose! Yesterday, we saw The Merchant of Venice, performed by The Globe Players and written by William Shakespeare, at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. It is a very comical and enjoyable play that is a must watch for everyone. The Globe Players is a high school troupe that has been working together and learning about Shakespeare for six weeks and they have done a wonderful job with this show.

One of our favorite characters is Shylock because he is greedy and a very visibly evil character. Another one of our favorite characters is Old Gabbo; we love the gut-busting hysteria that comes after he cries. It is the perfect funniest, saddest, most awkward thing we have ever seen. We love when he always turns the wrong way when he is talking to people and it takes his son pushing his face toward the person he is speaking to for it to be a legitimate conversation.

One of our favorite scenes is when Shylock and Antonio first meet to discuss the terms of a loan. It sets up the goals and motivations for Shylock and tells us why people seem to hate him. It also provides a view of the very contrasting Antonio. Another one of our favorite scenes is when Portia and Nerissa are chewing out their husbands because they gave away their wedding rings as demanded by a judge and his clerk. It turns out that Portia and Nerissa are very involved in this test of faithfulness of their husbands. More we cannot say. (This scene could have mixed reviews, however; if Gollum were to see it, he would be unhappy with the treatment of these rings and would go back to his cave thoroughly disgusted.)

The plot of the story is that Bassanio is madly in love with the heiress Portia. In order to win her, he must participate in a contest consisting of a choice between three caskets. One will win him marriage with Portia, but choosing poorly will have negative consequences, as other suitors have already discovered. He succeeds in this trial and they become happily married. However, Bassanio lives far away from Portia and cannot pay for the journey or his expenses, so his dear friend and wealthy merchant, Antonio, agrees to help. Antonio has many active ventures and is cash-poor, so they both go to a money lender by the name of Shylock. Shylock, who strongly resents Antonio for his willingness to lend money without interest, enters into a bond that would cut off a pound of Antonio’s flesh if Antonio is not able to repay the loan. Shylock is utterly broken after a friend of Antonio’s runs off with Shylock’s daughter and the daughter runs off with a large sum of Shylock’s money. Tragedy strikes Antonio’s ventures and so Shylock, in a fit of revenge, is determined to get his flesh. Despite the bond being legal, the court settles the matter against Shylock. The judge asks for the wedding rings of Bassanio and his friend and they reluctantly give them, even though they had sworn to always keep them on. What is the unusual connection between the courts and their wives? They go home to a steamed Portia and Nerissa, but how this end up? Will the men be forever lonely because of their mistake, or will all be forgiven because of the good reason to give the rings up? Find out, in The Merchant of Venice.

The Merchant of Venice is an amazing play. You can see it in Central Park at 8 pm Thursday, July 27th through Saturday, July 29th. Don’t miss this excellent production, and don’t forget to bring your Cultural Pass!

 

Turtle and Moose

Julius Caesar

Yesterday we saw Julius Caesar by Kentucky Shakespeare. It was a great play and this season’s tragedy. One of our favorite characters was Brutus, played by Dathan Hooper, because even though he killed Caesar he thought he was doing it for the sake of all Romans (However true you may or may not find that to be). He was fighting an inward battle against his country and his friendship of Caesar. He was definitely one of the most fleshed out characters Shakespeare has ever written about. Another one of our favorite characters was the soothsayer, played by Neill Robertson. We liked the absolute urgency in his voice and he completely nailed the walking on stage. He seemed like someone that we would have really believed in real life if he told us it was the end of the world.

One of our favorite scenes was when Caesar was killed. After Caesar was murdered, Brutus explained why it was justified. Mark Antony talked about what could happen now that Caesar is dead and not about how it was wrong because he could be killed for saying the latter. Another one of our favorite scenes was when Caesar’s wife was warned not to go to the senate meeting. It was heartwarming to see how much his wife cared about him but it also showed his glaring ignorance when he changed his mind because another person said so. A quick moral is, trust your instincts and trust your wife more than some thick, persuading senator. It was this scene that ended with Caesars death, all because he didn’t trust his wife. We also liked Mark Antony’s speech at Caesar’s funeral. He really manages to twist the knife over what Brutus has done even while reminding the audience what an “honorable man” Brutus is.

This play is a tragedy, meaning blood everywhere and no marriages! It starts with Romans, including Caesar, coming back from a successful war and a party being held in celebration. On Caesar’s way to the celebration he is stopped by a soothsayer that warns him to beware the ides of March, which basically means to be careful on March 15th. Caesar basically laughs off the warning. Meanwhile, Cassius convinces Brutus to conspire against Caesar for the good of Rome. Caesar also ignores the warnings of his wife and goes out on March 15th on the advice of a senator. Caesar is murdered shortly thereafter. The conspirators were forced out of the city, but what does that mean for the people of Rome, how will Brutus face the fact that he killed his friend in cold blood for even what Brutus believes to be good reasons. Find out in Julius Caesar. This was a very fun play to watch. The gruesomeness of the bloody deaths is well simulated so watch for it! You can see this play in rotating rep and can find all dates and info on KY Shakespeare’s site. This was an excellent play and we hope that you come and see it. Don’t forget that Shakespeare in the Park is part of the Louisville Cultural Pass as well.

Turtle and Moose

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Richard II

Today we bring you a play about the time when kings reined and all who opposed them were banished. That’s right! It’s Shakespeare’s Richard II, a great play about the battles taken and emotional strife caused by those who want to be king, and the kings themselves, playing now in Central Park by Kentucky Shakespeare.

The play opens with Henry Bolingbroke accusing Thomas Mowbray of treason. Both are banished from England by Richard II. Soon after, John of Gaunt, the father of Henry, dies. Richard seizes the property and denies Henry his father’s house and belongings. Trying to get back his life, Henry returns to England while Richard is at Ireland. What will happen when Richard returns? Who will be the new king? Find out in Richard II.

One of our favorite characters was Richard II because he started happy and you could see him change over time. We also liked that he showed compassion and mercy and accepted the fact that he could not be king. Our favorite scene was the trial between Henry and Thomas Mowbray because it was interesting and it was fun to see a battle of wits in between them. We also liked that it was toe to toe and had gut-busting Shakespearean-style humor. The part where gloves were thrown and punches were about to be thrown as well was especially funny. Another favorite character was Henry because he was full of wit; it was great to see the cunning remarks made by him. But in some cases he was kind, when his death was planned; he pardoned one of the planners out of the kindness in his heart. (Even though some would call it attempted murder)

Richard II a really good play. It is the first in the series of four plays called “Game of Kings” were you can see repeating actors play roles in tales of treachery and hope in an uncertain world. Kentucky Shakespeare is on the Cultural Pass  [Calendar here]. If you get a Festival Passport card punched at all the plays then you win a cool prize. This was an amazing play and we hope that you can come and see it.

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 Two Gentlemen of Verona

Hi, this is Turtle and Moose, two gentlemen of Louisville, here to tell you about Kentucky Shakespeare’s play The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This version of the play is set in 1919 at the end of WWI. There are lots of fun musical numbers in this performance that make it feel more alive. It all starts in Verona when Valentine (played by Zachary Burrell) leaves for Milan while Proteus (played by Jon Patrick O’Brien) stays in Verona to woo Julia (played by Maggie Lou Rader). Neither know of each other’s love until a love letter from Proteus says otherwise. When Proteus gets the response, his father sends him to the Duke and Valentine meets him. Proteus finds out about the love between Silvia (played by Arielle Leverett) and Valentine. But he secretly likes Silvia too, so he tells the Duke that Valentine likes Silvia so Valentine is banished from Milan. Valentine soon meets a group of outlaws (played by Bryon Coolie, Neil Robertson, and Braden McCampbell) and becomes their leader. We know that this is a comedy, so somebody’s going to get married. Who will it be…?

Crab, played by Hope, is a very special part of the performance. She is a therapy dog and is breaking the boundaries of cute. Our favorite characters are Launce (played by Gregory Maupin) and Speed (played by Abagail Bailey Maupin). They are servants of the gentlemen of Verona. They are good friends just like their bosses and they have the best costumes of any of the male characters. We like how they sing duets together just like we do. One of our favorite scenes is the outcast/wilderness scene when Valentine finds a group of outlaws. It is amusing how Valentine started scared of them but ends up as their leader when he tells them he had killed a man (lies!). Our other favorite scene is the first scene which is a musical. We like how it sets the stage for the rest of the play and shows how colorful life is in Verona. It has a person riding a bike across the stage which we think is funny. It is also our first look at Crab the dog.

Remember that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival series is on the Cultural Pass and that you get a special prize for seeing each of the plays. It was an amazing play and we expect more amazing Shakespeare later this summer.

Thanks for reading,

Turtle and Moose

Chasing Ophelia

Hello! Last night we went to see Chasing Ophelia presented by The Bard’s Town Theatre as part of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. It was a very great play. It had references to a lot of others plays like Hamlet, Macbeth, Midsummer’s Night Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and the Pirates of Penzance. Our brother, Orangutan, knows many more references that are not Shakespearian.

One of our favorite characters is Ned Mark because he is funny. We especially liked it when a wall fell over because he tried to fix it. Another one of our favorite characters was Joseph because he was kind of a smart aleck but in the non-annoying way.

One of our favorite scenes was the Hamlet fight because it was funny what it turned into instead of a fight. Another one of our favorite scenes was the beginning scene because it was fun to see how Ned reacted to his new surroundings and how he dealt with Joseph.

Here is a summary of the beginning of the play. First, Ned Mark finds himself in an unusual place. He tries to find his purpose but cannot. Then he meets his girlfriend Joy and she runs off. Ned really wants to see her and goes after her despite Joseph’s warnings. Will Ned and Joy make it out alive? Will Joseph come to stop them? Will Ned and Joy find their true purpose? Find out by watching Chasing Ophelia.

This is a really cool play and we hope you see it. It is part of the Community Partners’ Week and the Kentucky Shakespeare Passport that if you complete you will get an amazing water bottle. It is also on the Louisville Cultural Pass. This play will be playing again tonight and The Two Lobbyists of Verona will be showing this Saturday and Sunday. The last day for the Cultural Pass is also today.

Turtle and Moose