Performance Photos by Errich Petersen: HAMLET by Young Shakespeare, Curtain Theatre, June 14 - 24, 2018
(performance photos by Errich Petersen)
For its 10th season, Young Shakespeare, Austin Shakespeare’s teen company, will bring its unique flavor to unique flavor to Hamlet at Richard Garriott de Cayeux’s outdoor Curtain Theater (7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive). Featuring teen actors and a female Hamlet performing Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, the production will run Thursdays through Sundays at 8 pm, June 14 – 24, 2018.
“We are setting Hamlet in the mid-20th century, with the regalness of The Crown and the coolness of Mad Men, ignited by the passion that Shakespeare demands. Our young actors have the same rigorous rehearsal schedule as our adult company, but they are energetic and rise to the challenge of Shakespeare’s language in stunning ways,” says Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella. To transport the audience to the era, the show will also include a teen band playing songs from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Participating students, ranging in age from 12-19 years, come from throughout the Central Texas area, including Round Rock, Pflugerville, Austin, Westlake and Waco, among other places. The young company is trained by professional coaches and designers, with direction by Ciccolella and Teacher/Actor/Director Nancy Eyermann.
“Adult and teen audiences have been enthusiastic about our Young Shakespeare shows at the Curtain in the past, but younger audiences are even more inspired and excited,” explains Co-Director Eyermann.
Alumni actors include Rachel Wolff as Hamlet, Gabrielle Lewis as Gertrude, Jack Frey as Polonius/Fortenbras, Owen Chance as Laertes, Alley Koenig as Horatio, Ben Frey as Player King, Anastacia Weiss as the English Ambassador, and John Kilfoyle as Osric.
New to Young Shakespeare are Sam Winget as Claudius, Heather Embree as Ophelia, Eleanor Walter as Francisco, Anne Stepek as Player, Madeline Silvestro as Bernardo, Campbell Collins as Guildenstern, Gus Greene as Rosencrantz, Sophia Davis as Voltemond, Fin Fullmer as Reynaldo, and Madelyn Reed as Marcellus/Player Queen.
Tickets range from $11 - $18 and are on sale at
Co-Director – Ann Ciccolella
Co-Director – Nancy Eyermann
Costume Designer – Cecilia Gay
Set & Light Designer – Patrick Anthony
Property Designer – Chaz Sanders
Fight Choreographer – Toby Minor
ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare presents professional theater of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays of heightened language from Tennessee Williams, to Tom Stoppard at The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre. Austin Shakespeare’s ongoing “Shakespeare Aloud” reading group and “Artist’s Way” sessions invite new participants weekly. Austin Shakespeare’s education programs send professional actors into the schools to encourage love of language.
June 14 - June 24, 2018
7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr.
Austin, TX, 78730
The production will run Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm, June 14 – 24, 2018 at Richard Garriott de Cayeux’s outdoor Curtain Theater (7400 Coldwater Canyon Drive).
Tickets range from $11 - $18 plus service fees and are on sale at