Teens tackle Shakespearean comedy

The cast of Studio 1's "Comedy of Errors" poses for a recent photo. / Caroline Carpenter, Times-News correspondent

By Caroline Carpenter
Times-News correspondent

   Studio 1’s teen actors are performing Shakespeare’s very own “Comedy of Errors.” This brilliantly written and directed show, combined with a winsome cast, offers a refreshing and entertaining night to the Burlington community.
“When people normally think of Shakespeare, they remember a boring English class they took in high school where they were forced to read works like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Hamlet.’ This is the type of show that everyone would enjoy; it has action, heart, wit, and even a few fart jokes,” said Ben Johnson, who plays Antipholus of Ephesus.
“Comedy of Errors” lives up to its title in lending the lines that keep audiences laughing.
The play is centered on the twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse (played by Ben Johnson and Adrian Beck, respectively), who were separated at birth. When Antipholus of Syracuse comes to Ephesus, he is soon mistaken for his brother and finds himself in the world of his brother.
Because the twins look alike and with the addition of their twin servants — Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus (portrayed by Tyler Haugle and Jonah Moss respectively), it’s no wonder that even Antipholus of Ephesus’ wife (played by Mikaela Mock) even confuses the two. The twists and turns of the two worlds colliding make for a grand comedy of hilarious circumstances-some that even drive a couple characters to madness.
“This is one of Shakespeare’s most farcical works, which makes it extremely unique, as well as hilarious,” said Adrian Beck. “Also, we are adding on to some of the comedic aspects in the show with some extremely fun physical comedy.”
The actor stays true to his word as far as physical comedy. Characters often will be found running around the stage in huge gestures, or winding themselves through the rows of the audience.
“It’s not your average Shakespeare show, it’s fun and energetic and exciting and it’s one that you won’t want to miss,” Tyler Haugle said.
“It is absolutely hilarious and we may end up with people falling out of their chairs,” Mikaela Mock added.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-7, 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-14 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15, 2015, in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre at Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at www.studio1online.org.
A special Valentine’s Day showing will be on Feb. 14 with a ’20s-themed after-party for $20 (includes ticket and party).

 Caroline Carpenter is a sophomore at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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