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William Shakespeare's
Richard III


Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is displeased with the state of affairs in England. His brother is the king and people are ... happy? Well, not miserable anyway. Rather than sharing in the fun, bitter Richard conspires to play his brothers, King Edward IV and George, Duke of Clarence, against each other in an attempt to gain the crown for himself. To help his cause, he woos a woman at a funeral, arranges for many murders (his brother and nephews among the victims), and betrays his allies. Even his own mother curses him for a bloody tyrant.

Meanwhile, the Earl of Richmond is gathering forces in France to take back the throne of England for his side of the War of the Roses. They meet at the Battle of Bosworth Field -- but will York or Lancaster prevail?


William Shakespeare's _Richard III_ will be presented by Rocket City Shakespeare August 7, 8, 13, 14, & 15 @ 7 pm and August 9 @ 2 pm at Wilson Theater on the campus of UAH.

Student admission is $4 advance, $8 at the door.
General admission is $5 advance, $10 at the door.


For questions or more information, message us on Facebook, contact Mandy Hughes at (256)714-2120 or mandyhughes@rocketcityshakespeare.com, or visit us on the web at RocketCityShakespeare.com

Past Events

Auditions for
Shakespeare's
Richard III

Join us in bringing our next show to life!

Auditions Sun., May 24 @ 2;
Callbacks Thurs., May 28 @ 7.

Rocket City Shakespeare is pleased to announce the auditions for their upcoming production of William Shakespeare's "Richard III"
Sunday, May 24 at 2:00,
Morton Hall room 204, on UAH Campus

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and some scenework.

Roles are available for males and females ages 8 and over. Because Rocket City Shakespeare employs early Modern staging conventions such as gender-neutral casting and doubling, most actors will play more than one role in the production.

Rehearsals are slated for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays throughout June and July. Not all actors will be called for every rehearsal.

Production dates are August 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. Actors will receive a percentage of net profits from the show.

From Bardweb.net:

     Richard, the Yorkist Duke of Gloucester, has not stopped plotting since the defeat of Henry VI. He conspires to play his brothers, Edward (now King Edward IV) and George, Duke of Clarence, against each other in an attempt to gain the crown for himself. By insinuating charges of treason against George, Richard has him arrested. He also brazenly woos Anne, widow of the murdered Prince of Wales, in the midst of her [father-in-law's] funeral procession. In the course of events, Edward IV, who is deathly ill at the beginning of the play, dies; Richard has already arranged for George to be murdered while imprisoned, and so it stands that Richard will serve as regent while Edward's son (also named Edward) can come of age.

     In order to "protect" the Prince of Wales and his younger brother, Richard has them stay in the Tower of London. He then moves against Edward's loyalist lords; Vaughan, Rivers, Hastings, and Grey are first imprisoned, then executed. Then, with the aid of Buckingham, Richard declares that Edward IV's offspring are technically illegitimate. In an arranged public display, Buckingham offers the throne of England to Richard, who is presumably reluctant to accept. By this time, Richard has alienated even his own mother, who curses him as a bloody tyrant.

     By now, Richard needs to bolster his claims to the crown; the young princes locked away in the Tower of London must be disposed of. Buckingham, until now Richard's staunchest ally, balks at this deed. Richard gets a murderer to do the deed, but turns on Buckingham for his insubordination. Now Richard—conveniently a widower after the suspicious demise of Anne—makes a ploy to marry the late King Edward's daughter, his niece. Elizabeth, Edward's widow, makes Richard believe that she agrees to the match; however, Elizabeth has arranged for a match with the Earl of Richmond.

     Richmond, at this point in the action, is bringing over an army from France to war against Richard. Buckingham, finding himself out of favor with the king, gives his allegiance to Richmond. However, Buckingham is captured when his army is thrown into disarray by floods, and Richard has him executed immediately. Richmond, who has undergone his own troubles crossing the English Channel, finally lands his army and marches for London. The armies of Richard and Richmond encamp near Bosworth Field; the night before the battle, Richard is visited by the sundry ghosts of the people he has slain, all of whom foretell his doom.

     At Bosworth, Richard is unhorsed in the combat. Richmond finds him, and the two of them clash with swords. Richmond prevails and slays Richard, to be crowned as King Henry VII there on the field of battle. This is the founding of the Tudor line of kings and the end of the War of the Roses.



For questions or more information, message us on Facebook, contact Mandy Hughes at (256)714-2120 or mandyhughes@rocketcityshakespeare.com.
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William Shakespeare's
Coriolanus

In ancient Rome, in the aftermath of a famine, the common people demand the right to set their own price for the city's grain supply. In response to their protests, the ruling aristocracy grant the plebeians representatives, or tribunes -- a decision that provokes the ire of the proud patrician soldier Caius Martius, who has nothing but contempt for the lower classes. War breaks out with a neighboring Italian tribe, the Volscians, who are led by Martius' great rival, Tullus Aufidius. In the campaign that follows, the Volscians are defeated, and the Rome takes the Italian city of Corioles thanks to the heroism of Martius. In recognition of his great deeds, he is granted the name Coriolanus.

Upon his return to Rome, Coriolanus is given a hero's welcome, and the Senate offers to make him consul. In order to gain this office, however, he must go out and plead for votes, a task that he undertakes reluctantly. At first, the common people agree to give him their votes, but they later reverse their decision. This drives the proud Coriolanus into a fury, and he speaks out intemperately against the very idea of popular rule; seizing on his words, some declare him a traitor to the Roman state and drive him into exile.

Desiring revenge against Rome, Coriolanus goes to his Volscian enemy, Aufidius, makes peace with him and joins him in planning an attack on Rome. Deaf to the pleas of friends and family to return to Rome, Coriolanus is eventually betrayed by the Volscians.


Performances
December 12 & 19 at 7 p.m.
December 13 & 20 at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m.
December 14 at 1 p.m.

Admission
Students: $4 in advance, $8 at the door
General: $5 in advance, $10 at the door
Premium tickets available.

Info and tickets
RocketCityShakespeare.com
256-714-2120


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Auditions for
William Shakespeare's
Coriolanus

Join us in bringing our next show to life!

Auditions Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24, at 2;
Callbacks Sunday, August 24, at 3.

Roles available for men and women teen and up.

Performance dates mid-December.

In ancient Rome, in the aftermath of a famine, the common people demand the right to set their own price for the city's grain supply. In response to their protests, the ruling aristocracy grant the plebeians five representatives, or tribunes--a decision that provokes the ire of the proud patrician soldier Caius Martius, who has nothing but contempt for the lower classes. War breaks out with a neighboring Italian tribe, the Volscians, who are led by Martius' great rival, Tullus Aufidius. In the campaign that follows, the Volscians are defeated, and the Rome takes the Italian city of Corioles thanks to the heroism of Martius. In recognition of his great deeds, he is granted the name Coriolanus.

Upon his return to Rome, Coriolanus is given a hero's welcome, and the Senate offers to make him consul. In order to gain this office, however, he must go out and plead for votes, a task that he undertakes reluctantly. At first, the common people agree to give him their votes, but they later reverse their decision. This drives the proud Coriolanus into a fury, and he speaks out intemperately against the very idea of popular rule; seizing on his words, some declare him a traitor to the Roman state and drive him into exile.

Desiring revenge against Rome, Coriolanus goes to his Volscian enemy, Aufidius, makes peace with him and joins him in planning an attack on Rome. Deaf to the pleas of friends and family to return to Rome, Coriolanus is eventually betrayed by the Volscians.
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William Shakespeare's

As You Like It


A pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare, "As You Like It" follows Rosalind as she flees the court and seeks safety in the Forest of Arden. There she runs in to Orlando who is in the forest for similar reasons -- and is the boy with whom she fell in love just before leaving court. He does not recognize her in her disguise as the shepherd Ganymede, so Rosalind takes the opportunity to teach him how to woo her and win her heart. Will this experiment succeed? Join us to find out, and remember: What happens in Arden stays in Arden!


This play features one of Shakespeare's most famous and oft-quoted speeches, "All the world's a stage", and is the origin of the phrase "too much of a good thing".

Performances
July 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7 p.m.
July 20, 27 at 2 p.m.

Admission
Students: $4 in advance, $8 at the door
General: $5 in advance, $10 at the door

Info and tickets
RocketCityShakespeare.com
256-714-2120


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William Shakespeare's

The Taming of the Shrew


Everyone loves beautiful, sweet Bianca. But her father won't let her wed until someone can tame her unruly sister, "Kate the curst". Enter Petruchio, out to make a(nother) fortune and wed a rich girl. Who will win the hand of the fair Bianca? Will Petruchio ever be able to tame this shrew?


Join Rocket City Shakespeare for our premier production!



Performances
May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7 p.m.

Admission
Students: $4 in advance, $8 at the door
General: $5 in advance, $10 at the door

Info and tickets
RocketCityShakespeare.com
256-714-2120


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Wilson Hall, UAH Campus, 300 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL