STAG cast assembled for Shakespeare

By Tara Whitsed

After an extensive round of auditions, Shepparton Theatre Arts Group has assembled a talented cast for its foray into the world of William Shakespeare — The Bakehouse Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Mashup.

A veritable feast for the Shakespeare enthusiast, Bakehouse Bard serves up some of his most-loved monologues and duologues — from tragedy and comedy.

Audiences are taken on a roving journey through the grounds of the Bakehouse, culminating in more performances, created inside the Bakehouse Black Box ‘Globe’.

A STAG spokesperson said stalwart John Head would bring the Bard to life as Puck, for the two-week season in February, as the show’s narrator and comic relief.

‘‘Joining him will be a stellar cast, including Fiona Kennan, Dale Roberts, Brandon Armstrong, Jayden Yosh, David Chew, Laura Varapodio, Sebastian Mathieson, Rae Wood, Rachel Connell-Short and Meaghan Thompson,’’ they said.

Directed by STAG regular Gemma Marchant, she said they were making Shakespeare accessible to the wider community.

‘‘Not by serving up a full-length play, but rather giving patrons more bite-sized pieces to whet their appetite from an array of different styles — from comedy to tragedy and in between,’’ she said.

‘‘Within the roving element of the show, the audiences will find themselves hidden within a forest, so that’s going to be very interesting to see how we pull that off in the Bakehouse complex.’’

Ms Marchant also sang the praise of her cast and said they were signing up for extra rehearsals to perfect the performances during the Christmas break.

The Bakehouse Bard: A Midsummer Night’s Mashup runs from February 1 to 9 at The Bakehouse Complex and Black Box Theatre, Wheeler St, Shepparton. Tickets cost $30 and are available from Eventbrite from Monday.