Michael Streeter as the Bard/MC for the Gala

  Hi everyone!  Hope you’re enjoying Shakespeare’s birthday–we at Portland Actors Ensemble certainly are.   (Okay, it’s a few days after THE day, or as close as we can figure, but since it’s such a biggie, why don’t we celebrate all year??  Works for me!)   A few of us from the PAE Board of Directors, our illustrious AD, Friends of PAE, as well as several past and current cast members and other lovers of the Bard headed out to Portland Center Stage last Saturday for the Gala kickoff of  The Complete Works Project.

 

What is the Complete Works Project?

In case you haven’t heard about this, it’s a collaborative project in which all of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and poems will be performed by Portland theatres, artistic and academic communities over the next two years, running from Shakespeare’s birth through to his date of death.  The project is already underway, and several local theatres, including Portland Actors Ensemble, will be taking part.   Here are some photo highlights of PAE people making the scene at the Gala:   Portland Actors Ensemble:  PAE at The Complete Works Project Gala at PCS

A fully attentive audience member, Phillip Berns and Jeremy Lillie watch scenes from Shakespeare

Portland Actors Ensemble:  PAE at The Complete Works Project Gala at PCS

Whatever could Jeremy Lillie and Michael Godsey be conspiring about?

Portland Actors Ensemble:  PAE at The Complete Works Project Gala at PCS

Who–us??

Portland Actors Ensemble:  PAE at The Complete Works Project Gala at PCS

Sarah Jane Fridlich, Michael Streeter, and K.J. McElrath catch up with each other

Portland Actors Ensemble:  PAE at The Complete Works Project Gala at PCS

Audience members dressed up in Renaissance wear added to the ambiance

Portland Actors Ensemble:  PAE at The Complete Works Project Gala at PCS

Merchant of Venice and Cymbeline acting alums Michael Kutner and Sarah Jane Fridlich

Portland Actors Ensemble:  PAE at The Complete Works Project Gala at PCS

Chris Beatty and Tara Herschberger hope you’ll come see our summer productions of Antony and Cleopatra as well as A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Were you at the Gala?  I’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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