Miss your chance to check out The Richland Players’ production of The Turn of the Screw or The Rude Mechanicals’ take on The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]?
You’re in luck. The two companies plan encore performances March 21 in Richland.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.
The event will raise money for the Players’ trip later this month to the regional community theater festival in McMinnville, Ore., and help with The Rude Mechanicals’ start-up costs.
And it will make for a fun night of quality theater, said Ted Miller, The Turn of the Screw producer. He also was chairman of the Kaleidoscope 2015 state community theater festival, held last week at the Richland Players theater.
“Turn of the Screw leaves the audience questioning what really happened. There’s some ambiguity to the storyline. It’s a fun thriller to sort that out,” Miller said. “And The Rude Mechanicals (performance) — you don’t have to know Shakespeare for that. It’s just pure fun.”
The Richland Players’ staging of The Turn of the Screw earned Outstanding Performance honors at the state theater festival. Director Robert Hanson also was singled out for Outstanding Direction, and Christopher Wilson, who played The Man, was named an Outstanding Actor.
Other local artists honored during the festival included Jo Brodzinski for Outstanding Musical Direction for Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre’s Cats. Academy of Children’s Theatre earned a Future Stars Award for Give A Boy A Gun.
The Rude Mechanicals made its debut during the festival. It’s dedicated to Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired work.
Next up for the group is a production of Much Ado About Nothing on the outdoor stage at the Reach center in June. Auditions are March 22 and 23 in Richland. Details are online at www.rmtheatre.org.
The March 21 encore performance event is at Academy of Children’s Theatre, 213 Wellsian Way.
Seating is limited, and advance tickets aren’t available.
Miller warned that The Turn of the Screw and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] have some mature themes and are recommended for high school ages and older.