Peterborough actors celebrate ten years of Shakespeare in the Park

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
August 04. 2017 12:44AM

Feste the clown is to be played by Carin Torp of Keene in Actors' Circle Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of “Twelfth Night” the next two weekends in Peterborough. (COURTESY)

Bert Torsey of Marlborough as Sir Toby Belch and Sarah Katka of Dublin as Maria in Actors’ Circle Theatre's Twelfth Night coming to Depot Park in Peterborough the next two weekends. (COURTESY)

PETERBOROUGH — A decade after bringing Shakespeare in the Park to Depot Park, Actors’ Circle Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary with one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, “Twelfth Night.”

The performances are free and open to the public, and held on the first two weekends this month, Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m.

Veteran actor and director Chris McCartie of Keene is directing again, and unlike the past few Shakespeare in the Park productions he’s led, this play will be set in Shakespeare’s time.

“For our 10th anniversary, I wanted to return to period costumes,” McCartie said.

The cast is filled with local actors, including McCartie as Orsino, Duke of Illyria, and Heather McCormack of Greenfield as his love interest, Olivia.

Actors’ Circle Theatre audiences will recognize some of Shakespeare’s storytelling tools in “Twelfth Night,” such as a woman pretending to be a man, a case of mistaken identity, unrequited love, a set of twins and a shipwreck, McCartie and producer Mia Moravis said.

This production of “Twelfth Night” also includes original music for the verse written by Moravis, of Francestown, and performed on flute, clarinet and recorder by Mary Seaver of the Fireside Winds, & Co.

Rob Koch of Peterborough, who received the NH Theatre Awards Lifetime Achievement Award this year, is playing Malvolio.

For more information about the production or Actors’ Circle Theatre’s productions in the fall, go online to www.actorscircletheatre.org.


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