By Megan Kelley
For several months now, 37 students from Lake Orion Thespian Troupe 2898 have been preparing their annual theater production.
Each year the Troupe puts on a performance alternating between comedy and tragedy.
“This year it was a comedy, and I wanted to put my spin on The Taming of the Shrew,” said Brooke Babcock, senior at LOHS and director of the production. “Everyone was excited when they found out because we haven’t done Taming in a long time, and they were excited about the high school twist.”
The Taming of the Shrew is a Shakespearian play that follows two sisters:
“Katherine, a bad-tempered and rude teen, and her younger sister Bianca, a beautiful and sweet girl who everyone in the town is falling head over heels for. However, Bianca is not allowed to be wed until Katherine can find a suitable lover,” Babcock explained.
The Troupe has been practicing at Friendship Park throughout the summer with rehersals moving over to the Wildwood Amphitheater at the beginning of this month.
The cast and crew are hard at work getting technology, costumes, props and sets ready and teaching the actors how to work them properly.
According to Babcock, things are coming together well.
“I am most excited to see all of the actors shine on stage. These kids are all so amazingly talented and they bring so much to the stage. I constantly find new things in the show each day that make me smile,” Babcock said. “I am also proud of all the behind the scenes work that the kids have put in. All of our sets and props are handmade and lots of hours have been out into the show to make it look as clean and professional as possible.”
The Taming of the Shrew will take place at the Wildwood Amphitheater Sept. 19-21 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.
Admission is free so grab your blankets and chairs and check out what should be another awesome Lake Orion Thespian Troupe 2898 production.