Michigan’s only professional, year round, touring Shakespeare company will be mounting a production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classical comedy of manners The School for Scandal. Pigeon Creek originally developed the production in partnership with the West Michigan Symphony in the fall of 2015, and the production will now tour to both Seven Steps Up in Spring Lake and the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids. The performance at Seven Steps Up will be one night only, June 10, at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Reservations are available by calling the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company at 616-850-0916.
First performed in 1777,The School for Scandal follows London’s high society as the conniving Lady Sneerwell and her friend Joseph Surface plot to advance themselves by spreading gossip about the others in their circle. A cast of quirky and colorful characters inhabits the play. Pigeon Creek’s performance style is based on the staging practices of Shakespeare’s lifetime, providing a fun and interactive theatre experience with live musical interludes, cross-gendered casting, and characters speaking directly to the audience. Executive Director Katherine Mayberry was asked what audiences can expect from the production and replied, “The comedy in The School for Scandal depends on the audience knowing more than the characters; the audience is always in on the joke that is being played on someone. Through the devices of disguise and eavesdropping, audiences will enjoy a fast-paced farce in which they will delight in plots, tricks and villains finally getting their just rewards.”
The production of The School for Scandal features actors Chaz Albright, Michael Dodge, Kat Hermes, Anessa Johnson, Scott Lange, Bridget McCarthy, Eric Orive, Sarah Stark, Kate Tubbs, Christa Wright, Scott Wright, and Stephen Douglas Wright.
Following the Seven Steps Up performance, the production will move to the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids for June 17-26. For more information about the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s summer season, visit www.pcshakespeare.com.