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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Support Flatwater Shakespeare during Give to Lincoln!

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Emma Gruhl, who appears in Luciana in this summer’s production of The Comedy of Errors, started with Shakespeare in a reverse-gender version with Flatwater Shakespeare Youth in 2006 --


“Last summer, I had the pleasure of being involved in Flatwater Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Becky Key Boesen. My work with Flatwater Shakespeare began when I was in 6th grade and I was in their youth production of The Comedy of Errors directed by Tom Crew.

“I never had a strong aversion to Shakespeare when I was younger, as some students do, but I also wasn’t drawn to it. Even after The Comedy of Errors, I wasn’t ‘hooked.’ Still, my parents thought it was a beneficial experience for me to have.  So I played Armado in the youth production of Love’s Labor’s Lost the following year.  It was after this production that I began to enjoy Shakespeare’s works more and more. I continued to perform in youth productions for several more years, appearing in Julius Caesar and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

“My passion for Shakespeare and his works grew as the years went on. Steve Buhler, Co-founder and Dramaturg for Flatwater Shakespeare, worked with our youth casts on rhythm and dialect-work while the director, Tom Crew, pushed us to develop connections with each other as actors as well as with the language. A group of us in the youth productions made a habit of going to the Flatwater performances of our mainstage counterparts. I looked forward to these productions every year, and it was always a wish of mine that I would be able to be a part of the mainstage production one day.

“Last year, I was granted that wish when I played Hero in Much Ado About Nothing for Flatwater’s Free Shakespeare tour. I knew it would not be my last year with Flatwater Shakespeare (they couldn’t keep me away if they tried!) and now I’m back where I began, with The Comedy of Errors, this time directed by Bob Hall, Co-founder and Artistic Director of the company.  I can say that each time the process has been magnificent. I have had the opportunity to work with artists who share a passion for the Bard and his plays, just as I do. Performing in the open air space of the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden and other outdoor venues only adds to the experience.

“I hope the company continues to have success in making Shakespeare accessible to the city of Lincoln.”

You know how much Flatwater Shakespeare's productions and educational programs add to Lincoln's quality of life.  You appreciate how our summer programs of Free Shakespeare bring great theater directly to Lincoln's neighborhoods.  Please act on that knowledge and appreciation with your generous support.

All donations will be matched with a proportional share of a $300,000 challenge match pool of funds. The challenge fund is provided by the Lincoln Community Foundation and its partnering sponsors. 

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