Portland Actors Ensemble actors, from left to right, K.J. McElrath, Athena McElrath, and Nathan Wright,  in rehearsal for the  Educational Outreach show, Suffering Fools Gladly–Shakespeare’s Clowns

Welcome back to the blog!  We’ve had a busy month of August here at Portland Actors Ensemble, with A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing every weekend through Labor Day (see our show schedule for more details about times, dates and locations), and we’ve been in rehearsals, preparing our five Educational Outreach shows  that we’ll be bringing to Portland- and Southwest Washington-area schools starting this fall.

Today let me take you behind the scenes at a recent rehearsal and share with you one of our new shows.  It’s called Suffering Fools Gladly: Shakespeare’s Clowns , and is written and directed by Douglas Lay, with original music by K. J. McElrath.

Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach show:  Suffering Fools Gladly-Shakespeare's Clowns rehearsal

Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach actor David Bellis-Squires

This show is a “zany, laugh out loud funny” introduction to the fools, jesters, clowns and buffoons in the Bard’s works, highlighting the role and function of the fool in Shakespeare’s stories through selected scenes and soliloquies.

Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach show:  Suffering Fools Gladly-Shakespeare's Clowns rehearsal

Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach actors (left to right):  K. J. McElrath and David Bellis-Squires

This show features a stellar cast of classic clowns that includes Dogberry from Much Ado About Nothing, Feste from Twelfth Night, and Falstaff from Merry Wives of Windsor.

Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach show:  Suffering Fools Gladly-Shakespeare's Clowns rehearsal

Portland Actors Ensemble Educational Outreach actors (left to right):  K. J. McElrath and Athena McElrath

For information and bookings, contact me at amcelrath@portlandactors.com, or give me a call–(360) 859-0254.

More about the other  Educational Outreach shows  in the near future!

Have any questions about our new Educational Outreach Shows?  We’d love to hear about it down in the comments, so feel free to stop by and say hi!

 

 

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Till next time,

Take pains; be perfect; adieu!

DCFC0486.JPGAthena McElrath is an actor and singer who is also an Administrative Board member with Portland Actor’s Ensemble.  She helps PAE with social media and educational outreach.  She often works onstage with her husband, K.J. McElrath, in their cabaret act, called McElrath Cabaret, which features songs from classic Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley.  For more:  http://mcelrathcabaret.com/

 

 

 

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