Audio slideshow: Love and chaos in Hollywood
Laughter fills the North Attic as Shakespeare meets Tinseltown
Photos by Sindha Agha
Photos edited by Katherine Allen
Produced by Katherine Allen
Music from GarageBand ("Buddy")
Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 11:47pm
HILARITY AND CHAOS reigned supreme in the North Attic Playhouse from Nov. 6 to 8 in Uni High's production of "Shakespeare in Hollywood."
Written by Ken Ludwig, the 2003 play imagines what might have happened if two of Shakespeare's characters, Puck and Oberon, were transported to the set of Max Reinhardt's film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" just in time to be cast — as themselves!
This comical romp through 1930s Hollywood featured characters who were famous or powerful figures of the day, from studio boss Jack Warner and his brothers to film legends Dick Powell and Jimmy Cagney.
Directed by fine arts teacher Barbara Ridenour, this year's fall production was a huge success. Check out the slideshow for a look at some of the fun.
FALL PLAY '08 CAST & CREW
"Shakespeare in Hollywood," a comedy written by Ken Ludwig, was performed Nov. 6 to 8 in the North Attic Playhouse. Fine arts teacher Barbara Ridenour directed the production.
- Louella Parsons — Lor Sligar (sr)
- Max Reinhardt — Rob Diehl (sr)
- Dick Powell — Ben Daniels (sr)
- Jack Warner — Zack Goldberg (jr)
- Daryl — Nish Nookala (sr)
- Lydia Lansing — Hannah Leskosky (sr)
- Oberon — Dillon Price (so)
- Puck — Sarah Lake-Rayburn (sr)
- Olivia Darnell — Anna Gooler (jr)
- Will Hays — Ethan Schiller (jr)
- Joe E. Brown — Ollie Goldbart (so)
- Jimmy Cagney — James Smith (sr)
- Ensemble — Adam Joseph (so), Rodney LeNoir (fr), Lauren Piester (sr), Joy Shapley (sr), Sierra Marcum (sr), Daniel Wilson (jr)
- Stage Manager — Tianna Pittenger (jr)
- Choreography — Karolina Kalbarczyk (sr)
- Lights and Sound — Natsuki Nakamura (sr)
"SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD" AT A GLANCE
- Author: Ken Ludwig, an American playwright and theater director best known for his light comedies
- Premiere: Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the comedy debuted in 2003 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
- Awards: "Shakespeare in Hollywood" won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Play of the Year from the Washington Theatre Awards Society; Ludwig himself has been nominated for two Tony Awards and won a Laurence Olivier Award from the Society of London Theatre
- Synopsis: From Ken Ludwig's official site: "It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant 'asses' are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results."